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.


A long-time volunteer with a heart for our work has given us an opportunity to help close our budget gap before the end of the fiscal year. A match of $10,000 will be given to HJH if we can raise $10,000 between May 15 and June 15.

We have named this our Opportunity of HOPE.   

Hope comes  in many forms...meeting our operating expenses of $15,000 per month. Healthy meals and snacks for 50-60 families each year. A welcoming environment for adults and children. Ongoing repairs to the house. Perhaps most of all, hope comes with providing a safe, secure and comfortable home that provides stability during a stressful stretch in life.

Will you be a partner in providing hope? All donations received between May 15–June 15 are eligible for the match.

Donations may be placed in the collection basket during Mass or dropped off in the Guardian Angels Parish Office, please note Opportunity of Hope on the memo line.

A Note From Trish - Operations Coordinator

Check out this new opportunity! We are currently seeking a VISTA Volunteer for Hope for the Journey Home. 

Are you seeking a gap year between college and employment in your area of study? Have you been working a few years, but thinking of changing careers or going back to grad school? A VISTA Volunteer receives a monthly stipend, health insurance, and an educational award at the end of a year of service  to use towards past student loans or future higher education. Senior age VISTA volunteers can often “gift” the educational award to children and or grandchildren. Are you passionate about volunteerism and homelessness? 

Volunteer Engagement Specialist VISTA with Hope for the Journey Home: Expand our volunteer capacity, improve data collection and enhance our current training materials to better serve the volunteers who support families transitioning from homelessness to housing. Find out more by visiting one of the links listed here: Apply Now! OR https://tinyurl.com/y64x7ba  Volunteering Opportunities and Needs

Weekly Volunteers Needed

May 12-19 Guardian Angels and Open to All Volunteers. Spend Mothers Day or another day with us at HJH   ttsu.me/hjhmay12  

May 19-25 Lutheran Church and Open to all Volunteers  ttsu.me/hjhmay19   

May-26-June 1 Memorial Day week. No Church Representation. Open to All Volunteers  ttsu.me/hjhmay26  

IHop Drivers Needed
www.timetosignup.com/hjhshelter/sheet/1272965 IHop Drivers April-August. Join the team. You can help pick up and deliver the hot breakfast from IHop Saturday and Sunday mornings. Drop off the hot box of hot breakfast food by 7:45 at the Shelter. Our Guests get to enjoy hot pancakes, hash browns and scrambled eggs each weekend. Thanks for your help!

Donations Needed

SAMS Club Shoppers: We can use the following  items on sale May 8 - June 2.

  • Folgers Coffee
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Salsa
  • Go Go Squeeze Fruit Pouches
  • Diaper Wipes

Costco Shoppers: We can use the following items on sale through May 25

  • Diaper Wipes
  • Capri juice box's
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
Help us tell our story:

HJH is looking for volunteers to help us tell our story and gather support in the community. If you would like to participate on our communications or fundraising committees or help in some other way, please email Sarah at to start the conversation.

Make a donation!

Money can’t buy happiness, but it does pay the electric bills. We suggest making a donation in celebration of a birthday or anniversary and posting it to Facebook! Whether your daughter is turning 12 or your parents are celebrating 30 years of marriage, a donation in that amount to HJH is a loving way to celebrate and support families. Thank you!

Donate Here: https://www.guardian-angels.org/hope/

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