In addition to volunteering through the Family Promise/IHN shelter program, members of First United Methodist are invited to participate in Foundation for the Homeless (FFH)’ Pine Knoll Pilot Project. FFH is interested in providing more volunteer opportunities for congregations and is testing the water with this pilot project.
FFH has three houses in which families experiencing homelessness are sheltered while waiting to find housing and stabilize their lives. These are primarily families who have schedules/needs that don’t fit well with the church rotational shelter known as Family Promise/IHN.
One of those houses is located on Pine Knoll St. in north central Austin in the West Rundberg/N. Lamar neighborhood known as Quail Creek. Families have expressed a need for volunteer help on weekday evenings with such things as:
- Shopping for general household items, both perishables and staples.
- Transporting families for shopping for general grocery and household items or taking them to other appointments
- Preparing/providing sack lunches for next day, if needed
- Helping parents entertain children (reading, crafts activities in house/yard)
- Helping children or parents with homework (if applicable)
- Assisting families with meal preparation as needed
- Serving as a caring presence and support for families wanting to talk
The Pine Knoll Pilot Project is designed for 2 to 3 volunteers per evening on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 4:30pm and 9pm. Training and more specific volunteer information will be provided by FFH staff.
On Saturday, June 18, prospective volunteers are invited to come to the Pine Knoll house for BBQ and a tour.
If you are interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity or in visiting the Pine Knoll house on June 18, please contact Ann Teich at firstname.lastname@example.org.