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Host Church for Family Promise

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

Sept. 16th – 22nd: UUCBV is Host Church for Family Promise B/CS We Need Your Help! We do this based on the Second Principle of UU: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations points us toward something beyond worth and dignity. It points us to the larger community. It gets at collective responsibility. It reminds us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire cultural way of being.

Family Promise (FP) is a nonprofit organization in Bryan, TX that provides transitional living for homeless children and their families. These children and their families reside at FP for a 4- to 12-week period receiving social service assistance & nurturing as they move from a homelessness status to a stable permanent living situation. UUCBV volunteers have already impacted FP as several members worked with the TAMU Women’s Club painting & furnishing one of the multi-family rooms at the facility (the colorful room).

We still have a few more spots, please sign up during Coffee Hour. 1. Breakfast and Lunch Supplies: Dr. Phebe will provide a grocery list for the week's breakfasts & bag lunch supplies. You will need to deliver them to FP on Sunday, Sept. 16th. 2. Dinners should be warm and healthy. Please provide enough food for the guest and a little extra for volunteers. Leave them at FP by 5:30 p.m.on your assigned day. As a reference, easy, healthy and large quantity recipes can be found at https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/ 3. You will need to leave the salads/desserts/sides at FP by 5:30 p.m.on your assigned day. John Ivy is providing fresh homemade bread for each night of our week. 4. Host 5:30 - 7:00 pm - The Host helps serve dinner, may eat with guests and is responsible for answering phone calls to FP. 5. Host 7:30 - 8:30 pm - The main responsibility is to answer phone calls to the front office and to mingle with guests. One to two people may elect to do the 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm shift together. 6. Overnight Host(s): 8:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. - The Host hangs out, locks the lobby and office doors at 10 p.m., turns on & off the building alarms and sleeps in the Volunteer Room. You are there in case of an emergency (i.e. illness, accident, etc.) Note: We will know the number of guests at FP at the beginning of the week so that you can plan accordingly. You can bring a buddy along to perform any of the duties listed above. Two single beds are available in the Volunteer Room for Overnight Host. The cost for meals may be reimbursed from CSJE funds. For more information, contact Pam Johnson, 832-641-9782 prljohnson@yahoo.com Visit here to sign up.

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