Our volunteers see beyond the challenges associated with homelessness. They come to know real people with real needs. They begin with the basics, providing overnight shelter, meals, and referral to support services in the area. But many of them go on to do much more, by forming new friendships, creating new outreach programs and partnerships to solve local poverty issues and meet local needs.
The success of each church host site depends on the efforts, compassion and enthusiasm of many volunteers. Our volunteers perform a variety of tasks necessary to provide a safe and comfortable temporary shelter for the homeless in our county. Their support cannot be measured by the number of people served, but by their heart wanting to do good by helping alleviate pain and suffering, and their ear willing to hear the cry of these bruised lives living on the streets.
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Volunteers express their hospitality by interacting with the homeless guests, treating them with dignity and respect, and showing genuine concern for their well-being. Without volunteers and the churches opening their doors, there would be no Interfaith night sheltering program.
Each church host site during season needs volunteers to greet and register guest, prepare meals, serve and clean-up after evening meals, coordinate activities, organize supplies, and fellowship with the homeless guest. Volunteers come from the host congregation and from nearby support congregations. We also encourage anyone that would like to assist the sites, to contact the site directly.Most sites request 1 male & 1 female for overnight stay at the church host sites, and all volunteers must be 21years of age. One volunteer remains awake during the night stay.
BCSTR offers many meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve: