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Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network

Next Rotation is December 1-8, 2013

The Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network was created to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support to families without homes.   A family is considered a unit with adult(s) and children. A network director administers the program and provides social services to the families in the network.  The program can assist 3-5 families (about 14 people) at any one time.
During the day, families receive assistance from the network director at the day center to find homes and other social services.  During the evening and overnight, Host congregations provide volunteer support and meals for the families.  There are currently 10 host congregations in the network, so our church serves a “rotation” every 10 weeks.
Our congregation serves at a central site.  This facility provides two apartments for the families to use. 
On weekdays guests arrive at 5:00 pm, remain overnight and leave at 7:00 in the morning. Volunteers provide the evening meal at 5:30 pm.  In the morning, guests return to a day center.  From there, children go to school and adult guests go to work or look for housing.  On weekends, guests do not go to the day center.  They may remain at the central site, go to work and/or run errands.
The following volunteers are needed each rotation:
  • Food Coordinator:  This person organizes the dinner providers to assure a variety of meals.  This person also makes sure there are plenty of food supplies (staples such as drinks and lunch meat).
  • Dinner Provider:  Need at least one person per night to prepare a nutritious meal for the guests and volunteers (delivered at 5:30 pm).
  • Evening Host:  Need at least two people to be with the guests from 5:00pm until 8:00pm every day.
  • Weekend Host: Since the Day Center is closed on weekends, volunteers are needed to be with guests in the morning and afternoon. Morning host is from 8:00am until 12:00pm.  Afternoon host is from 12:00pm until 5:00pm.
  • Overnight Host:  Need at least two people to spend the night with guests from 8:00pm to 7:00am (8am on weekends).  They help guests get settled in for the night and ensure guests get up and going in the morning. 

Our next turn as Hosts is
December 1-8, 2013
If you'd like to help contact Kevin Fairman, Adam Weber or Fran Therrien.
Provide a meal or just spend time as host in the residence.
Volunteer Schedule
Sunday,                     Monday - Friday
   Dinner:                     Dinner:
   Evening:                   Evening: 
   Overnight:                 Overnight:
Saturday,                 Sunday,
   Morning:                  Morning:
   Afternoon:                Afternoon:
there is a website with a chart for volunteers to fill out.  if you need the link please contact the church office --  upl@upoflunenburg.com
Last updated 11/07/2013  11:45am

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United Parish of Lunenburg
39 Main Street
Lunenburg, MA  01462 
(978) 582-6572