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
Weekly Volunteers Needed
Donate your time: Sign up to volunteer! Volunteers are always welcome and the summer months are high need for volunteers. Plan ahead to pick your preferred shift now!
Dinner and overnight volunteer shifts
Deliver a meal: We need volunteers on the weekends to pick up and deliver a breakfast catering box from IHOP restaurant just a few blocks away from the shelter and return it (empty) to the restaurant. Sign up for pick-up, delivery, or both! No special training or big vehicles needed. The box fits in the back seat of even my tiny car! While you're there, stop for brunch and support a business that supports HJH!
- Sign up for delivery: https://ttsu.me/hjhihopsummer19
- IHOP Website: (7680 10th St. N. Oakdale, MN 55128)
News & Notes from Trish, Hope for the Journey Home Coordinator
We can’t believe it is almost time for school. This means transition for our families as summer child care arrangements and warm weather activities come to an end. Starting school is not the only change you will notice at HJH. Staff are working on some new orientation materials for our volunteers and we would love your feedback. These new documents are in a draft stage and before we finalize them we want your thoughts. You might also see some new signage for both volunteers and families in significant areas of the house.
Hope for the Journey Home is part of a new video from a Second Harvest food rescue program called Meal Connect. General Mills produced the video to be used with school lunch programs who will join the Meal Connect program this fall. Helping to pilot this new program has reduced our food budget by bringing food to HJH from restaurants who value organic food and packaging, impacting healthy food choices for those serving people who struggle with food insecurity. This opportunity has also exposed our guests to foods we would not normally have access to, such as hummus, guacamole, papaya, and bottled beverages. If you would like to view the video, click this link.
This fall, HJH staff and board will be participating in some training with our partners at St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center. We will focus on best practices for working with guests who have experienced trauma and also on diversity and equity issues. As we enhance our learning, we will pass this information on to you through this newsletter and in other ways. I hope you will want to share in this learning as we all work to make HJH more of a welcoming home for our guests.
New VISTA Volunteer, Meet Patrick Twomey
Hello everyone! My name is Patrick Twomey and I am the new Americorps VISTA volunteer, working at HJH for the next year. Founded in 1965, VISTA was created to provide leadership in alleviating poverty – I am proud to be part of that mission and glad to be here at HJH. I have lived in Eagan for most of my life, aside from a few years in Spokane, Washington at Gonzaga University, and a nine-month mission at San Lucas Mission in Guatemala. I will be working on finding more faith communities and other organizations to volunteer at HJH as well as updating most of the technology and volunteer training materials. Thank you to those who have already given me such a warm welcome! I look forward to meeting more of you soon.
Updates from Sarah, Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Opportunity: We are building a Communications Team! If you're good with social media, or know how to design a t-shirt, or even if you're kind of crafty and want to help spruce up our display board, we want you!
Seeking A Few Specific Items
Looking for a different way to support the house? Here are a few things we could use. Please call Trish at 651-503-3380 if you can help:
- 4 wooden kitchen/dining room chairs to sit around a table in our family room.
- A 2-drawer file cabinet with a lock for staff office space.
- 3 dressers in good condition for guest bedrooms.
- 2 DVD players that can play Blu-ray DVD’s.
- Bath and hand towels and washcloths (new or very gently used) for guest rooms.
- A cabinet or shelving with doors to store cleaning supplies in our accessible bathroom.
Stocking Our Supply Shelves
We are currently in need of the following household supplies. Thank you for thinking of us the next time you are running errands.
- Paper towels and toilet paper
- Clorox and disinfectant wipes
- Laundry detergent
- Quart-size ziplock bags (freezer bags preferred)
- Ranch dressing and salsa
Save the Date
Hope for the Journey Home opened seven years ago on September 2. Seven years of families and volunteers interacting together requires a celebration! Join us in the backyard for a drop-in afternoon open house on Saturday, September 28th. More details on the exact time frame coming soon. We will grill, socialize with volunteers and guests and more. Come and enjoy the lovely backyard!