Community Outreach Partner
In January and February, First Unitarian is partnering with Family Promise of greater Des Moines. Family Promise of Greater Des Moines (FPGD) assists families experiencing homelessness through a network of 14 area faith-based host congregations that provide clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals for a period of one week every three months. The host congregations provide each family with a private room for sleeping as well as supper and food for breakfast and for packing a sack lunch each day. Guests are provided a safe, secure place to be during the day at our Day Center which is located at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Please check out Family Promises website for more information familypromisedm.org
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines is a host congregation, and our next host week is February 18-25. We will host three families (up to 14 people). Volunteer opportunities are as follows:
Meals: Make part or all of an evening meal. Needs to be delivered to church by 5:30 or can be made at church. If you would like to make the entire meal, please add your name to every slot. We will also be serving hot breakfast on Saturday morning.
Kitchen Clean up: Serve dinner at 5:45, wash dishes, clean kitchen, pack up leftovers for families to take the next day. Time is from 5:30 to 7:30 (or when done).
Evening Host: You will be a support for the families, could include playing games with the children, talking with adults, or reading a book by yourself if there are no needs. Time is from 5:00 to 8:15
Overnight Host: Sleep at the church. Come at 8:00 and leave at 7:00 am the next morning
Drivers: Transport families to/from Westminster Church in a 15 passenger van. Pick up is at 4:45 pm at Westminster and between 6:00 and 7:00 am at First Unitarian. You do not need a chauffeur license. Family Promise carries the insurance for the van.
If you would like to do multiple positions, that is great. Just fill in all sections or days.