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St. Joseph volunteers hard at work!

SAVE THE DATE!  St. Joseph's will be the host volunteer church for the REACH Shelter the week of March 26th through April 1st

Join volunteers from St. Joe's at the REACH Cold Weather Shelter from Sunday afternoon, March 26 - Sunday morning, April 1, 2017. As Pope Francis has preached, we are called to serve others, and during the Lenten Season, REACH provides the perfect opportunity to serve. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Julie and Neil Becker at or 301-797-5064 or 240-818-5192. Opportunities include working in the kitchen, helping with check-in, hospitality in the dining room, and monitoring the laundry facility. If you are a morning person, you can assist with breakfast from about 5:00am-7:00am M-Su. Night owls may volunteer to stay at the shelter overnight (just in case staff needs assistance). Details about the volunteer duties and more are on the REACH website, too. Thank you in advance for considering this valuable ministry.

All volunteers must complete the volunteer paperwork online. Click Here to complete and submit the volunteer paperwork.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for full list and descriptions.

Check in – Two folks to monitor the front desk
Security – Two folks to monitor the security checkpoint (bag check and wand).
Hospitality – Two-four folks to be a friendly face and conversationalist during dinner.  REACH does have Bingo materials, so we could do that one night (will need some small prizes for winners).
Laundry – Two folks to monitor the laundry room and to keep those signed up on schedule.
Breakfast – One or two folks to assist REACH staff serve and clean up breakfast from 5-7am.
Overnight – One volunteer to sleep at the shelter overnight in case a second non-resident is needed during the night.  Arrive at about 10pm.  Leave between 5 and 7am. Often the most difficult position to fill, but the usually the least amount of work; just sleep in your own room.

If you cannot help at the shelter, please consider the following opportunities to play a role in this valuable St. Joe’s social justice opportunity.

Donate cash to purchase meal supplies. Fresh fruits and veggies are rare during the shelter season.
Donate coffee, sugar, or juice. All are consumed rapidly during the shelter season.
Donate baked goods (either homemade or store-bought) for desserts.
Donate laundry pods, dryer sheets, or bleach.
Donate bath towels, flat twin sheets, pillows, wash cloths, or twin blankets.
Donate any size men’s or women’s long pants, shirts, coats, gloves, socks.

If you don’t recall how to get to the shelter,a map from the REACH website is here.

Contact Julie and Neil Becker ( to volunteer or donate. One or both of us will be at St. Joe’s before/after masses in coming weeks and at one or two of the Fish Fry dates.

Thank you!​

REACH Cold Weather Shelter

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