Hope for the Journey Home
Hope for the Journey Home is a ministry for families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time. HJH is a ministry of Guardian Angels Catholic Church along with St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi and more than 30 churches in Washington and suburban Ramsey counties.
Note From Trish - Operations Coordinator
We are in need of new volunteers! Or, for existing volunteers to renew their commitment. Throughout the week we need a total of 26 volunteers to help prepare and serve meals or serve as an overnight host from 8 p.m. till 9:15 a.m. Many of our consistent volunteers are visiting other states during the winter months and some of the original volunteers have moved on to other commitments. Whatever the reason, we need new energy and we hope that is YOU.
We also would like one or two individuals who would serve as a Guardian Angels Volunteer Coordinator to support volunteer recruitment during GA weeks of service. This would involve finding individuals to be at the signup table after Mass to answer questions about volunteer responsibilities, help enter people into the online sign up system if needed, send out emails prior to GA week of service to put the date on volunteers' radar.
We are also looking for volunteers who can serve in a leadership capacity. Can you help us call and invite new faith communities to be involved in this important mission? Are you skilled at making connections with local service groups who can come in for group projects such as back yard clean up, painting our lower level, spring cleaning/painting individual bedrooms? Do you have a gift for grant writing? Do you have connections with corporate giving or know individuals at various Foundations we should be connecting with? Please connect with us about how you would like to become involved at
If volunteering on behalf of the shelter does not fit with your schedule at this time we are in need of many donated items that we can share with families or help keep our operating costs low. Please see this list for items we need on a regular basis.
Thank you for keeping HJH and the families we serve in your prayers.
January, February and March Sign up links are below!
Please note the following:
- Please wait to sign up for the week of January 13 as a church is doing paper sign ups at the moment. So while you see lots of opportunities for that week, please do not sign up just yet if you are someone who shares a lot your time with us.
- If you are a volunteer with a Catholic church community it is absolutely essential that you have your background check as well as the VIRTUS training up to date and current when volunteering at HJH. The Safe Environment Coordinator at your church can help you determine if you are up to date and current and if not what steps you need to follow to complete this. Please let us know if we can help you with this.
- If you are volunteering with another church, you must have a current background check on file, sign a code of conduct and complete whatever safe environment training is required.
These are all fairly easy steps to complete. Please don't let them stop you from volunteering if you are new to volunteering with HJH.
Please view our weekly calendars and sign up where you can. We are always appreciative of your service for meal preparation and serving as overnight hosts.
February Volunteer Weeks
February 3-8 Click Here
February 10-16 Click Here
February 17-23 Click Here
February 24-March 1 Click Here
March Volunteer Weeks
March 3-9 The Grove Church will take care of this week
March 10-16 St. Mary's of White Bear Lake will take care of this week
March 17-23 Click Here
March 24-30 Click Here
March 31-April 6 Click Here
Are you a weekend early morning riser? If so, IHOP delivery volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday mornings
For 6 years our local IHOP has prepared a hot breakfast for our guests every Saturday and Sunday morning. If you are looking for a way to be involved at HJH that is not related to meal preparation or late evenings, consider being an IHOP deliverer. This unique volunteer role involves picking up the IHOP hot box and delivering it on a Saturday or Sunday morning to HJH by 7:45 a.m. If you need more information contact Trish at .
Are you ready to be an IHOP Volunteer? If so sign up below:
January-April Click Here
May-August Click Here
September-December Click Here
Thank you to the Following Faith Communities who supported us with volunteers in December
- Eagle Brook
- St. Mary's of the Lake
- Our Substitute Volunteers
- Anyone who helped out during the last three weeks as we did not a have a designated church presence
THANK YOU for your presence in our home and in the lives of 8 different families!
Take a Moment to Think About It
If you were facing significant financial hardship, wouldn't you do everything you could to keep a roof over your (and your children's) heads? Would you run up all of your credit cards in a desperate attempt to stay off of the streets? Would you sell all of the non-essentials in an effort stay in your home? Would you skip meals?
Now imagine the stress all of this places on you and your family. Would your health deteriorate? Would you begin missing days at work in order to handle legal problems arising from financial crisis? Would you become depressed and anxious? Would it affect family relationships?
What would this do to your self-esteem? Your sense of worth?
Imagine, now, the difficulty, after all of this, of re-establishing "yourself." Your credit may be shot, your health is possibly poor, your relationships are strained or broken.
While not everyone responds to crisis in the same way, it is important that we really stop and "Think About It." Put yourself in the shoes of those served at Hope for the Journey Home. Close your eyes and imagine yourself facing this sort of situation. How would you respond? Who could you turn to for help?
These are our friends and neighbors. They are children who attend school with our children. They are real people, with real names and faces. They are NOT strangers.
A short video on who we are and what we do at the shelter is available HERE.
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