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.


Hope for the Journey Home Is Open!

HJH is now sheltering our first guests since mid-March and we are so grateful for the support we have received as the house was made ready for this new way of doing things. Please know that all operations are in strict adherence to state health guidelines regarding COVID-19.  We know that our volunteers will need to evaluate whether now is the time to come back to HJH. Follow this link to read more about our Volunteer Policies including changes we have made regarding distancing, sanitation and all other procedures. HJH staff welcome your calls or emails to talk about details.  

These are the ways you can help right now.

Meal Donation Sign-Up

Please provide a hot evening meal entrée for our shelter guests that can serve 10-12. Fruit, vegetables and dessert items are optional. The main entrée can be homemade, purchased from a local grocery store or from a restaurant. Details and instructions regarding drop-off times appear on the sign-up links below. 

Afternoons & Overnights

We invite NEW and PAST volunteers to sign up as Dinner Servers and Overnight Hosts (sleeping in a private room). If you are a NEW volunteer to either of these positions please reach out to Trish Brokman at   to learn about the background check and at home/online training requirements. All weeks are open to all volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for late afternoons and overnights. As usual, you can sign up by following the links below: 

IHOP Pick-Up and Delivery Volunteers 

Pick up and deliver a hot breakfast for our shelter guests from the IHop restaurant in Oakdale. Instructions are included on the sign up link. No training required. HJH staff will provide a reminder phone call on Thursday for the upcoming weekend. 

If you would like to make a financial donation, please click here: https://my.e360giving.com/app/Giving/guardianangelschurch

If you, or members of your church, are interested in donating other items, here is a small list of items we need at the shelter right now:

  • Double Sheets
  • Blankets or quilts double and single
  • Apple and orange juice (shelf stable)

 Changes we have implemented include:

  • Open 24/7 to families (an additional 6 hours per day)
  • Overnight staffing
  • Changes to our space and how we serve meals to meet physical distancing needs
  • Additional staffing while we re-engage volunteers

Please donate here anytime: https://my.e360giving.com/mobi/?uid=guar8260290.
Checks can be mailed to:

Hope for the Journey Home
8260 4th Street N.
Oakdale, MN 55128

If you need to contact us during this time of transition, please email or call Trish Brokman at 651-738-2223.

HJH Volunteer Requirements

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