To provide lodging, food and companionship to homeless families with children, using the church facilities.
How It Works:
The Unitarian Universalist Area Church is a member of Family Promise Metrowest (formerly called Metrowest Interfaith Hospitality Network), a cooperative partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing.
The program can accommodate up to fourteen people at a time, who stay at the member churches’ facilities each night on a weekly rotating schedule. During the day, the guests pursue housing, jobs, and social services at a Day Center staffed by a professional Director and Assistant Director.
During host week, the guests arrive at the church on Sunday afternoon. Each family has its own room for exclusive use during the week. Families have dinner and breakfast at the host church. A van then takes them to the Day Center from which the children go to school. The families leave for the next church the following Sunday morning.
Housing for the Homeless (1988) – to work to establish, strengthen and fund programs to assist low-income individuals, families and the homeless on local, and state levels; to work to provide transitional housing with social services for families and individuals, as well as emergency short-term shelter that will assure safety, privacy, and dignity for persons in need…
Ending Hunger – 1987 General Resolution – Be it further resolved: That Unitarian Universalists work with organizations on local, state, provincial, national, and international levels toward the establishment of programs that hasten the elimination of hunger in both the short and long term –
A Job, A Home, A Hope (1995): – support of private and public programs that empower people of all ages who are homeless to improve their own lives, that reduce dependency –
Hosting takes place approximately every three months.
Hosting for Family Promise Metrowest is a large commitment. Many volunteers are needed to prepare meals, serve dinner and eat with the guests, stay overnight and prepare breakfast. St. Theresa’s Parish in Sherborn and First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Medfield are Support Congregations who help with meals, set up, and take down. A complete schedule of volunteer opportunities is distributed prior to hosting weeks.
All volunteers working directly with families must attend a training session prior to volunteering. They also must have a CORI background check on file at UUAC. It is essential that all volunteers are sensitive to the needs of the guests and fully respect their privacy.