We are always in need of volunteer hosts and we appreciate your interest in volunteering for a shift with our guest families. If you are part of a congregation or live close by to one you can contact the Coordinator listed on our Shelter Host and Support Sites page (insert link to that page). Otherwise, you can contact our office at 782-2490 to schedule a training session. We welcome individuals, families, and community groups. If you are a community group that would like to serve as a support or host site, we would love to talk to you! More information on what is involved in hosting follows and you can check out our videos on hosting responsibilities here, as well.
Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network
Volunteer Host Responsibilities
What to Expect on a Typical Day as a Volunteer Host
- Guests who use the LINK are picked up at Family Promise of Hunterdon County’s office at approximately 5:15 pm and may arrive at the host congregation at or around 6:00 pm. Guests who have their own vehicles should arrive at approximately 6:00 pm, unless prior arrangements have been made.
- Dinner can be delivered at 6:00 pm. All guests may not be present for this dinnertime, depending on individual schedules. Please keep leftovers for guests who return later.
- Hosting shifts may vary, depending on the individual Church. An example of hosting shifts is as follows:
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY:
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
10:00 pm (overnight) until 7:00 am
Friday overnight ends at 8:00 am on Saturday
8:00 am to 12:00 noon Schedule for non-moving Sundays is the
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm same as Saturday.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Schedule for moving Sundays is coordinated
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm between the sending and receiving host 10:00 pm to 7:00 am sites.
The weekday schedule for guests is as follows:
Guests must leave by 7:00 am.
Guests who ride the LINK will usually be picked up around 6:30 am and guests must be outside waiting for the LINK at that time.
Guests do have alarm clocks in their rooms, although very occasionally you may need to get people moving in the morning.
9:00 pm Bedtime for children
10:00 pm Quiet time
11:00 pm Lights out and outside doors are locked
● NOTE: Guests must sign in and out at the hosting site.