Faith Family Hospitality is an interfaith program in northern Larimer County that provides temporary overnight lodging, fellowship, and an evening meal and breakfast for families with children facing homelessness. Participating faith communities open places of worship on a rotating basis to host up to four families for one week several times a year.
About Faith Family Hospitality
The host and support congregations recruit between 35-70 volunteers for each week they host. The staff at The Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope provides intake, screening, and case management. Families accepted into the program are referred to congregations where they have a room of their own in which to safely keep their belongings, can spend the night, and are provided fellowship, an evening meal and breakfast. Families meet weekly with the FFH family advocate (part-time social worker) and can remain in the program while they pursue their goal of finding affordable, permanent housing.
Since the founding of Faith Family Hospitality in Fort Collins in January 2012, the program has been recognized as a tremendous success in our community. We encourage you to learn more about the program, who’s involved, upcoming events/benefits, ways you can help, and how to make financial gifts.
Faith Family Hospitality at OSLC
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church is one of 13 host sites for Faith Family Hospitality (FFH). As a host site, OSLC, along with our support congregation St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, will provide fellowship, overnight housing, meals and support to local families experiencing homelessness.
FFH at OSLC will take a temporary year hiatus because of building renovations and construction.
During the last rotation we had 67 volunteers who served 250 meals and provided safety, shelter and support for 4 families including 13 children who ranged in age from 7 months to 13 years. Please join us in participating in this valuable program! Volunteers make this program possible!
Go to our Sign Up Genius Page to Volunteer or contact Lindsay vonBernuth 720-231-6439.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Volunteers, please remember to sign in at the beginning of your shift and to sign out at the end. The FFH logbook is located in the kitchen. Also, please indicate if you brought food or goods. A record of volunteer hours is important for compiling annual reports and applying for grants and other funding. This information also shows the dedication and commitment of FFH volunteers.
(4-6 needed first Sunday of host week) 2:30-4:45 p.m.
Volunteers unload, set up and make beds with mattress pads, sheets, blankets/comforters, and pillows/cases, and arrange rooms with other items identified for guest use (chairs, small tables, lamps, night lights, Kleenex).
(2 needed Sunday-Saturday) 5:00 p.m. to after dinner and cleanup.
Food preparers make dinner, set tables, set up buffet line, serve dinner at 5:30, and clean up (with guests) after the meal. Preparers are invited to join Evening Hosts in eating dinner and socializing with guests.
(2 needed Sunday-Saturday) 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Unlock guest rooms, greet guests, and offer help if needed. Share fellowship time with families at dinner and in evening chatting with guests, reading to or playing a game with children, helping with homework, or perhaps shooting hoops! Some families may retire to their rooms early. This is not a reflection on you but of their day. Be sure to bring a book or activity to work on while you wait for overnight hosts to arrive (at 8:30). Before leaving, transfer key to overnight hosts and impart any pertinent information (e.g., late arrivals).
(2 needed Sunday-Saturday) 7:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.
Stay overnight in a room set aside for each host. Introduce yourself to guests and be available to assist families and help them settle in for quiet time. In morning, start coffee, set out tea assortment and breakfast items on buffet table, and cleanup—starting/unloading dishwasher (wash cycle takes only 5 minutes) and wiping down tables and kitchen counters. Before you leave, turn off coffee maker and lights and lock guest room doors. Return key to FFH kiosk in church Narthex.
(4-6 needed last Sunday of host week) 6:30-7:45 a.m.
Load cots and guests’ personal belongings into FFH trailer for delivery to next host site. Return guest rooms to classrooms, wipe down and move end tables, chairs, lamps and small items to storage, and put away games and toys in labeled storage bins, This is a fast-paced job to have all in readiness before the 8:00 am church service.
(1 needed last Sunday of host week) Time to be arranged.
Requires someone with vehicle or pick-up truck with trailer hitch to transport trailer to the next host church, unhitch trailer, and transfer trailer key and track phone to coordinator at next host site (information to be provided).
(2 needed last Sunday of host week) 7:30 a.m.
Pick up laundry bags that have been set outside guest room doors. Within the week, please wash laundry and return to church and store in labeled plastic bins in storage room 7A in education wing.
(2 needed during week)
If a scheduled volunteer becomes unavailable due to illness or emergency, the backup volunteer takes over the unfilled volunteer position (overnight hosts excluded).