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 a Full House at Hope for the Journey. I think of the early 80's TV show called Full House and yes we are full! 7 families and 25 individuals. 14 children and 11 adults make for very active Friday and Saturday evenings in the house. Santa came on Dec 6th. Kids were able to share their wish lists. Children and families decorated Christmas cookies and our Christmas tree for his visit. Santa will be back on December 19th to deliver presents. Families are sharing their holiday traditions with us. Some of the moms went together and bought stockings for the kids and parents to decorate.
"Tis the Season of Giving"
Share your Family with our Family........December can be busy for all of us. Our current families enjoy interacting with our volunteers. Children between the ages of 4-10 are wanting to play games, make things and participate in simple cooking activities. As the last three weeks in December approach we need people to help serve a meal and stay overnight to keep our guests safe. Families welcome! Bring your sleeping bag! Extra families members can sleep in the parish house. This would be a great activity during Christmas break!
Please view our weekly calendars and signup where you can. We are always appreciative of your service for meal preparation and serving as overnight hosts.
December Volunteer Weeks
December 16 - 22 Click Here
December 22- December 29 Click Here
December 30 -January 5 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!
Donations Needed/Support HJH during the Holidays
Are you interested in being involved, but just too busy to commit some time right now? We do rely on a variety of donations to keep our expenses low.
- Apple Juice half gallon and gallon size
- juice boxes for families lunches
- Air fresheners (NON-Spray)
- Paper towels
- Hand and body lotion
- Toilet bowl cleaner
We currently are not in need of the following:
- Tooth brushes/toothpaste
- Men's body wash or deodorant
Toilet Paper Goes FastWhen 20-25 people are living in one house and there 6 bathrooms to clean we go through ALOT of toilet paper and paper towels. When you are buying these items for your home please think of picking up an extra pack for us. Toilet bowl cleaner needed too. Thank you!!
Do you have a different idea on how you would like to support us during this special time of the year? Are you interested in taking up a special collection or supporting some of our bigger needs? If so please contact Trish at 651-503-3380 or
Babies and Toddlers in the House.......
2 babies less that 8 weeks and 4 toddlers under 3 are currently part of the HjH larger family. Size 6 diapers for older toddlers are appreciated.
Stepping Stones Early Learning Center (Child Care) in Woodbury did a food drive and tooth brush/toothpaste collection as part of their kindness curriculum. 160 pounds of canned vegetables, granola bars and other snack items was collected. We were able to share 32 pounds with Christian Cupboard.
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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