Hope for the Journey Home

Hope for the Journey Home is a ministry of hospitality providing families with a safe, supportive, family-friendly environment as they work toward finding stable housing. Hope for the Journey Home works in partnership with area churches to provide emergency shelter to families while raising awareness in our community around issues of homelessness. It is located on the campus of Guardian Angels Catholic Church.


We rely on volunteers like you. Join us!

Who makes this shelter possible?
  • Partnership with the Community Resource Center (CRC) at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
  • Support and volunteers from more than 30 churches in Washington and suburban Ramsey counties.
  • Generous financial donations from churches and members of the community.
  • Prayers and donated items from churches and community members.
  • Community and Foundation grants.
  • If your church would like to learn more about being a partner, please reach out to .
What do we provide to families during their stay at HJH?
  • Families set specific goals and work with case managers from the CRC to achieve them.
  • Private bedroom for their family.
  • All meals - breakfasts, bagged lunches, home cooked dinners.
  • Shared family spaces and the opportunity to build community with other families.

How You Can Help

Dinners & Overnights

We invite NEW and PAST volunteers to sign up as Dinner Servers and Overnight Hosts (sleeping in a private room). Children are welcome to volunteer with their parents or grandparents. If you are a NEW volunteer to either of these positions, please know that we require a background check and child/vulnerable adult training for anyone 18+. You can reach out to your church office to ask about completing both of these. If you are not affiliated with a church that can assist you, please reach out to us at . All weeks are open to all volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for both dinnertime and overnight shifts. You can sign up using the links below:

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IHOP Pick-Up and Delivery

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. Details and instructions regarding drop-off times appear on the sign-up link below.


We have safety measures in place in order to keep both our volunteers and our guests safe during this unusual time. We are so grateful for the support we have received as the house was made ready for this new way of doing things, and for your continued support of HJH. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. Changes we have implemented include:

  • We have continued with all enhanced cleaning efforts we put in place October of 2020.
  • A group of volunteers do a deep clean of the house in all common areas monthly. They have enhanced their cleaning efforts as well.
  • A plexiglass barrier is at the serving counter in the dining room.
  • Families are using the dining room for eating only. Each family is being served the main meal one table at a time and only adults are allowed at the serving counter. Any families still in the dining room at 6:40 will start cleaning up their areas at staff prompting.
  • Families continue to wipe down, sweep and clean their own tables and chairs.
  • We have 2 overnight rooms for the overnight volunteers. The rooms are aired out and sprayed after each use and the bathroom is wiped down as well.
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Checks can be mailed to:

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


Our Accomplishments in 2023

  • 14 families consisting of 19 adults and 20 children called HJH home. The majority of the families stayed for more than 6 months.
  • 4,263 meals and 999 snacks were served to shelter guests. More than 5,230 evenings of shelter were provided.
  • 85 individual volunteers provided overnight support. 38 evenings with 2 volunteers. 65% of our dinner slots were filled by 211 volunteers who filled 481 out of 730 opportunities. 60 individuals were repeat volunteers.
  • A generous donor allowed us to replace ten-year-old carpet in seven guest bedrooms, two overnight volunteer bedrooms and all halls and stairways.
  • Spirit Song, an Ecumenical choir performed a fall concert with a free will collection. This concert raised $4,800.
  • Our fall matching Challenge Grant of $25,000 raised almost $30,000 in matching funds.
  • Donors and volunteers responded generously to our fall requests related to restocking the shelves and storeroom with generous donations of towels, sheets, quilts, home-made blankets, comforters and hygiene supplies.
  • The Thomas Kemp Foundation and the Sit Foundation renewed their annual giving for the fifth year in a row.
  • For the third year in a row, Woodbury Financial Services designated HJH as the recipient of their quarterly designated charity dollars.
  • In November 2022, a cook was hired allowing us to resume prepared meals on site and ending the two-year meal donation program created as a result of the pandemic. Two volunteers in addition to St. Peters Lutheran Church continue to donate nine evening meals per month.
  • For the third year in a row, Kowalski’s of Woodbury donated one evening meal per month. IHOP in Oakdale continued to donate a hot breakfast each Saturday and Sunday for 11 continuous years.
  • 8 youth groups took on a variety of projects, both on and off site
  • 25 individuals, faith partners or community groups H with various donation drives.
  • For the third year in a row, Woodbury Financial Services designated HJH as the recipient of their quarterly designated charity dollars.
  • 85 individual volunteers provided overnight support. 38 evenings with 2 volunteers. 65% of our dinner slots were filled by 211 volunteers who filled 481 out of 730 opportunities. 60 individuals were repeat volunteers.
If you need to contact us, please email or call Trish Brokman at 651-738-2223.

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