Family Promise

Our parish hosts homeless families three to four times a year for one week at a time. We need volunteers to help prepare and serve meals, interact with guests and/or spend the night. This is an opportunity for the whole family to participate at some level. Dates will be published in our Sunday bulletin.

Contact: Rich Homick    (404) 386-0485    

A Typical Host Week at St. Oliver’s

Volunteers help to set up guest quarters starting at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Guests arrive at St. Oliver’s by 5:00 p.m. They are brought by the host congregation from the previous week.

Guests settle in and relax until 6:00 p.m. at which time they have dinner prepared by volunteers, served cafeteria style. Guests fix their own plates. Volunteers eat and visit with guests.

Volunteers interact with families, playing games, helping with homework, watching videos, or other planned activities.

After the dinner and before bedtime, food for the sack lunches is made available in the kitchen area, where the parent makes the sack lunches for their family for the next day.


Meal Coordinator: to contact volunteers to provide dinner time meals during the week and brunch and dinner meals on the weekends.

Family Promise Van Coordinator: to schedule volunteers to cover La Salette house on Saturdays and Sundays and drive the van when needed.

Overnight Volunteers: Two (2) needed each night from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. This is an easy job, as your main responsibility is to get a good night's sleep! Quiet time is at 10:00 p.m. Families will leave the church at 7:00 a.m., so you'll be able to head out then too.

Takedown Volunteers: Volunteers are needed at 6:30 a.m. at the La Salette House on the Sunday that ends our host week to take down the rooms, clean up, pick up linens for laundering.

Laundry Volunteers: On the final Sunday of our host week, laundry will be in the first floor bathroom of the La Salette House for volunteers to take home, launder, and return to the church by the following Sunday.

Supply Donations: Visit the Family Promise table in the Family Center and take one or more of our “Supplies Needed” cards. Purchase the item(s) and return to the Family Promise table on one of the Sundays prior to our host week.

Van Drivers: Transport guests on the weekend. Drive them on Saturday errands. Shuttle them to the Day Center on Sunday morning and to the next host church Sunday afternoon.

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Setup Volunteers: Volunteers will meet at 1:00PM at the La Salette House. We will set up the bedrooms and fellowship area.

Meal Volunteers: Needed each night, Sunday through Saturday, plus Saturday lunch at the church and Sunday lunch at the Day Center. You will provide a meal for up to 14 guests as well as for yourself and any other meal volunteers you are teaming with. Please plan to arrive at 5:30 p.m. and serve the meal between 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The *Meal Coordinator will be in touch with you the week prior to give you details about dietary restrictions and ages of the guests. We ask that you let the *Meal Coordinator know what you will be fixing, as we try to provide a varied menu throughout the week and want to avoid duplications.

Fellowship Volunteers: Needed for several shifts during the day on Saturday and Sunday. You will need to visit with the families in the La Salette House. These shifts are from 7:30 a.m. to Noon and Noon to 4:30 p.m. Your presence is important to protect both the families and the facility.

Everyone should be settling in around 9:00–10:00 p.m., as wake up is at 6:00 a.m.

Two volunteers will spend the night with the families.

Breakfast, which the guests prepare themselves, is available by 6:30 a.m. during the week, as the Network van will pick them up at 7:00 a.m.. The van takes the guests to the Day Center, which is their home base during the day. School buses stop at the Day Center for the children. In the afternoon the reverse is done. NOTE: Volunteers are not to transport or be alone with the children.

If the parents do not have a job they are taken to the Day Center where they work with the Case Manager to seek employment or fill out applications. The Day Center has a washer and dryer for the families, as well as two full bathrooms.

Everyone returns to the St. Oliver’s at 5:30 p.m. and the cycle repeats.

On Friday evenings the Network van is left with St. Oliver’s in case parents need transportation to work on the weekend or need to go to the Day Center.

On Saturday the families are permitted to sleep in. If they need transportation to run errands, volunteers from St. Oliver’s will drive them in the van. Guest parents must be responsible for and make arrangements for their children should they need to work on weekends.

On Sunday the families are packed up and out of the facilities by 10:00AM. They are taken to the Day Center for the day until it is time to move on to the next host church. We provide breakfast and lunch for the guests there.

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