Serves to stabilize persons and families that are in need of home-based support on a temporary basis. Churches of different ideologies throughout the region have opened their doors and hearts to support families regardless of their spiritual standing. Stanton Reformed Church helps out at the Rockaway Reformed Church in Whitehouse Station where there is room for four families. Each family has an individual living room with sufficient beds that are already set up and ready for them…their temporary ‘apartment’. Generally, the families stay one-two weeks. They leave for work and for school from the church each day around 6:30 am. They have their evening meal at the church cafeteria and then retire to their temporary ‘apartment’ for the evening.
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OPTIONS FOR THIS CALL TO SERVICE
PREPARE AND SERVE A MEAL ~ two people
Make a dinner meal enough for the guests. You will be told how many, but the range is usually from 3 to the max. we’ve had is 15 including the kids.
Arrive at the church at 5 pm.
Set up plates – families sometime help. All kitchen materials for are there.
Put out your meal on the table…family style. You are encouraged to eat, talk and interact with the families.
Clean up. All that’s needed is there. Again, families may want to help you.
Go home at 8 pm when overnight volunteers arrive
Overnight SLEEPOVER ~ two people
Make up an overnight bag for yourself. Toothbrush, pajamas, a pillow and cover blanket. Bring work or reading materials, too. You will have a separate room (a living room style with couch and desk) with a shower and sink. The toilet is down the hall. Inflatable beds and cover sheets are provided.
Arrive at the church at 8 pm
Greet the resident guests and introduce yourself
Be available for questions and discussions and be available for addressing any requests that might come up. Contact numbers will be provided. We usually stay in our quarters after families are down for the night but talk to them and give them a break if they need to shower, etc.
Lock the doors at 10 pm
Open the doors at 6:00 am
Say goodbye to the families as they go to work and school.