What is the Role of a Volunteer?

A volunteer is someone who performs the variety of tasks necessary to provide a safe and comfortable temporary home for Hope House guests.

What does the success of Hope House depend on?

The success of Hope House depends on the efforts and enthusiasm of hundreds of volunteers. Volunteers express their hospitality by interacting with guests, treating guest families with dignity and respect and showing genuine concern for their well-being. Without volunteers, there would be no Hope House.

Volunteer Trainings

Hope House has monthly Volunteer Trainings for those community members interested in serving our homeless families. We ask that all of our volunteers who work directly with our families take part in the this informative training.

During these trainings we will discuss various topics such as:

  • How our program works and why it is so effective.

  • How you can volunteer and be a part of helping families become stabilized.

  • Understanding your role as a volunteer.

  • Sensitivity issues to be aware of when volunteering with our families.


If you are interested in attending our next monthly Volunteer Training, click on sign up to volunteer or contact us at 920-686-1436 for more information. Thank you!

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"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;

they just have the heart."
~Elizabeth Andrew

 

 

Your time and talents can be a great contribution. Several volunteer opportunities include:
 

Weekend Daytime Coverage (8-11 am, 11 am – 2 pm, 2-5 pm)

Weekend shifts are available for both Saturdays and Sundays during the day throughout the year. There are three different daytime shifts we offer on the weekends. 

Evening Hosting at Hope House (5-8 pm)

Evening hosts socialize with guests, welcome newcomers, and assist parents with children’s needs. Evening hosts may conduct children’s activities, help with homework, or assist a guest with a particular need.


Overnight Hosting at Hope House (8 pm – 8 am)

Overnight hosts stay overnight at Hope House and spend time with guests, may offer to help older children with homework, and are available in case of an emergency.


Providing Meals for Guests

Meals are provided for guest families on Monday and Thursday evenings. The meal may be prepared at the volunteer's home. Cooking dinner is a good opportunity for congregational groups – such as Bible study, women’s circles, men’s groups and couples’ groups. It is also a great opportunity for school youth groups or other non-religious affiliated community groups – such as the Red Hatters’, a quilters guild or youth sports team association.


Performing Miscellaneous Duties Around the House

Some miscellaneous duties are cleaning, washing laundry, handy work or organizing the donations that we receive, and special projects.

 

ABOUT US

Hope House, a program of Lakeshore Interfaith Hospitality Network and an affiliate of Family Promise, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide shelter and supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Manitowoc County and the surrounding area.

CONTACT

1000 South 35th Street

Manitowoc, WI 54220

920-686-1436

info@hopehousemc.org

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