Neighboring to End Family Homelessness
What is a neighboring volunteer group?
- Six to ten people from within one congregation
- Both men and women
- Young and old, married and single
- Willing to establish an on-going “ministry of friendship” with a homeless single mother and her children
- Committed to the neighboring group for 12 to 24 months while the single mother is involved in the Bridge of Hope program and working toward financial stability
Can I do it?
- If you can be a friend, you can be part of a neighboring group
How much time is involved?
- A weekly phone call (or even every other week) to the woman you are neighboring
- A one-on-one activity every four to six weeks with the family you are neighboring. This might be inviting them over to watch a movie, going grocery shopping together, or other things that you would do with a friend.
- Attend monthly “Bridge of Hope Nights” with the woman you are neighboring and your whole neighboring group. These are held on a designated night each month. These evenings strengthen the neighboring relationships and provide ongoing training and support for volunteers.
How will I be supported?
- Four and one-half hours of training prior to meeting the family you will neighbor
- The social worker will facilitate a “match night” to introduce the neighboring group and the family the group will neighbor
- Ongoing support and training throughout the 12 to 24 months