Shelter Work

Shelter Team volunteers work primarily with shelters operated by Human Services Programs of Carroll Co seeking to help those who lack permanent housing .  Learn more about HSP at www.hspinc.org
 
Family  – Over the years, St. Paul’s has had a relationship with the HSP Family Shelter, located just down the block from our church building.  We have supported specific families, helped with renovation of the facility, purchased new mattresses in collaboration with the Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists, provided occasional counseling, officiated a wedding service for clients, and stand ready to help as needed.  Become part of a group focused on supporting the Family Shelter on Green Street.  Engage residents through donations of needed items, visitation, fun and family-oriented programming. Also, consider hosting activities in the church building for Shelter families.  Opportunities also exist for skilled and not-so skilled building volunteers to help maintain and improve the facility. (Basic background check and application required.) If you are interested in participating contact Marty Kuchma @ martykuchma@gmail.com or Jerry Fuss @ gfuss827@comcast.net.

Women and Children’s Shelter Team – On a monthly basis, donate items, prepare and serve a meal, interact with residents at  a time of major transitions and possibly provide some fun, family-oriented programming for people living temporarily at the Shelter.  (Basic background check and application required.)  If you are interested in participating contact Jerry Fuss @ gfuss827@comcast.net .
 
Cold Weather  – In addition to supplying various material donations sought by CWS staff (clothing, portable snacks, etc.), we participate in the monthly rotation of organizations and groups that provide warm meals for shelter guests.  Additionally, we have individual members who are involved in other ways with food service, transportation and other assistance.One Sunday evening per month from November through April, prepare and serve meals and visit with guests at the HSP Cold Weather Shelter. Specific opportunities: preparing food in advance according to planned menu, cooking and transporting food, serving the meal, and cleaning up after food service.
 
Note: Opportunities are also available at Cold Weather Shelter to volunteer as scheduled evening staff and to transport guests to Westminster Rescue Mission. If you are interested in participating contact Marty Kuchma @ martykuchma@gmail.com.