Update: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church completed their construction and will be hosting FFH families during 2019! St. Luke’s is still their Support Church.
Our next host week is May 12 - 19, 2019.
Please sign up for volunteer positions on the Sign-In Genius site here.
What is Faith Family Hospitality (FFH)?
Faith Family Hospitality changes lives!
You and your family have an opportunity to share God's love with local families who are experiencing homelessness.
How? St. Luke's is one of several churches in a rotation that provides a week of housing for 4-5 homeless families. You can volunteer to help with setup, evening or overnight hosting, meal preparation, breakfast food donation, or tear down. Your prayers and good wishes are always most welcome.
St. Luke’s has transitioned from a host church to a support church role to engage and strengthen our congregational participation in this vital ministry. For this purpose, FFH has paired St. Luke's with Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. We also plan to further engage the congregation in understanding the magnitude of those experiencing homelessness in our community.
There are many exciting events on the horizon for the FFH program as a whole. The Day Center now operates 6 days a week and provides a "home base" for families. The Day Center provides shelter, food, laundry, showers and case management services to not only the 4 families in the overnight program but many other homeless families in Fort Collins. The overnight hosting program now includes 3 new hosting sites for a total of over 30 interfaith congregations. This program strives to help families get back into permanent housing within 3-4 months. FFH has made a concerted effort to push families towards early self sufficiency which is so important for future success outside of the program. The Sherwood House will hopefully be ready for families within the year. This is a transitional house for families that need longer services and care. It is located near the Lincoln Center and renovations are proceeding. Stay tuned for ways to help with this exciting project!
To assure the safety of the families and volunteers in the FFH program, you must:
o Attend training conducted by FFH, which is a 90-minute class given by FFH trainers. Trainings will be scheduled once Our Saviour's is ready to host again.
o Complete an online background check as part of the rules for volunteers at Our Saviour’s. The link to the check is in the header of the SignUp Genius site.
o Complete Safeguarding God’s Children training. Please click the link to start the process. Note that it may take a couple days to receive the login instructions from the Diocese, so please start the process as soon as possible.
New Role Descriptions
On each evening of the week, there are 7 volunteer positions.
One "Point Person" arrives at 5:00 to open the church and stays until 8:30 to be the point of contact should an issue or concern arrive that would require involvement of coordinators.
Two "Evening Hosts" arrive at 5:00 and set up tables for dinner and stay until 8:30 to be present for the guest families.
Two other "Meal Preparers" prepare dinner for all the guests at their homes and bring it to the church at 5:30 and serve it between 6:00- 6:30.
Two "Overnight Hosts" arrive at 8:30 to spend the night at the church and wake the next morning to prepare coffee and make available breakfast food for guest families to take with them when they leave by 7:00.
Note: For those who have volunteered in the past, there will be some slight changes in how Our Saviour's does their volunteer roles. For example, Our Saviour's requires all volunteers to fill out an online background check prior to volunteering with FFH.
Click each role to read about it.
UPDATE to video below:
Fawn and Zayden are HOME! Read here.
Faith Family Hospitality is a coalition of 27 Faith communities in the city of Fort Collins, CO. These volunteer congregations provide fellowship, overnight housing, meals and support to local families experiencing homelessness. There are 13 congregations that serve as host sites, and 14 who support and back up that effort. St. Luke's has been very supportive of these congregations in the critical assistance of homeless families. Please check out the website and the blog on the site. It's a great way to get more information about Fort Collins' Faith Family Hospitality program -- its history, what's going on, who's involved, etc.
Family Day Center
Located at 300 E. Oak St. (downtown, NW of the Library) and open 8am to 4pm (volunteers take 2-hr shifts), the center provides guest families experiencing homelessness with a place to work on finding permanent housing or a job, take a shower, do laundry, provide a nap for a baby, or have access to a kitchen. Read more or contact FFH at 970-484-3342 for more information about this opportunity.
Volunteers are always needed at the Day Center, particularly during the upcoming holidays. An FFH Staff member provides details about volunteering or call Steph Thieman (Cell 970-420-2947).
The Day Center is primarily a ministry of presence, striving to be available to those who need it when they need it. They do require background checks for volunteers once they determine if the Day Center feels like a good fit.
Safe Church Training
The Episcopal Church expects individuals working with children in the church to take the Safe Church class. More information about upcoming training opportunities is on the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado website. The class is interesting, fast-paced, interactive and thought-provoking; it's well worth your time.