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Emergency Family Shelter

Updates on the Shelter Procedures

  • We need only 1 overnight person (who can sleep except in case of emergency). The sign-up sheet asks for 2 people per overnight, but that is "back-up" in case the first person has a last minute conflict, etc.
  • We need only 2 people for the Evening Shift, although if more people want to come for some or all of the time (for a game/story with the children, etc.) they are most welcome. (The sign-up sheet asks for 4 people per evening, but the third and fourth people are "back-up" in case the first set of people has a last minute conflict, etc.)

Saturday, October 1 - Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • Click here to volunteer for shifts at the shelter.
  • Click here to sign-up to provide meals for the families.

When you see a date and position you are interested in, put a check in the box by “Sign Up”. At the bottom of the page, click on “Submit and Sign Up”. That will take you to a new page where you should not need to change anything, but only need to fill in your name and email address. You do not need to have an account. (The Volunteer Coordinator will receive an email that you have signed up, along with your email address. Only your name shows up on the screen; your email address will not.) Please feel free to sign up for more than one position or for more than one day! Note: a member of the Religious Coalition staff will also always be on site for the whole evening and overnight. Congregational volunteers will provide additional cover in addition to the paid staff member.

UUCF Liaison for Family Emergency Shelter

For questions or more information, please contact Rev. Carl or our UUCF Liaison,

Overview

  • Frederick's Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Services (RCEFS) has identified one of the highest needs in our community as a Family Emergency Shelter (FES) for families in need of temporary housing.
  • Local congregations will provide emergency overnight shelter for 7 total nights (Sunday evening to Saturday evening) for 5-8 homeless families, not to exceed 20 individuals.
  • Families are screened by the Religious Coalition and are able to stay for a maximum of 90 total days in the program.
  • The sheltering responsibility for all host sites is one week per quarter for a total of 4 weeks per year. We are partnering with two other congregations to collectively cover two weeks per quarter.
  • Congregations serving as host sites include Calvary UMC, Centennial UMC, Evangelical Reformed UCC, Christ Reformed UCC, Frederick Presbyterian, Grace UCC, Faith UCC, Asbury UMC, Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. John’s Catholic Church, and Peace in Christ Lutheran Church. Congregations considering serving as potential sites include Friends Meeting House, All Saints Episcopal Church, Trinity UMC, and Brook Hill UMC.

The Religious Coalition will:

  • Conduct volunteer trainings both prior to the first day of responsibility and as requested/needed. [Note: Training dates and the demographics of the families will be shared as soon as the Religious Coalition provides us with this information.]
  • Move-in and transfer all overnight equipment, storage, bedding, and sleeping mats the morning of the first overnight and will remove all equipment the morning after the last overnight.
  • Screen, register, and monitor overnight residents admitted to the shelter program. Screening will include verification of each guest's criminal background. A criminal background check will also occur for every volunteer and staff member to ensure that no one has been convicted for any sex offense or violent crime.
  • Provide sleeping mats and cots for all overnight guests
  • Provide a paid staff member to the evening and overnight shifts.
  • Provide resident transportation to and from all shelter sites (Day and Evening) as needed.
  • Provide property/casualty insurance coverage to additionally cover each evening site.

UUCF Partnering with ERUCC and Kol Ami in ERUCC's Trinity Chapel

To address concerns both about the feasibility of using the UUCF building as well as of reducing the number of times the families have to move in a given month, the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ (ERUCC) has generously agreed to partner with us — such that once per quarter they will host the Family Emergency Shelter for two weeks consecutively in ERUCC's Trinity Chapel (10 W Church St, Frederick). Reform Jewish Congregation Kol Ami will also be providing volunteers. (The Kol Ami volunteer coordinator is Hermine Bernstein.) To maximize flexibility for fitting everyone's schedule, sign-ups to fill each two week block will be open to volunteers from all three congregations.

Volunteer Positions Needed for Each Evening

  • Note: a member of the Religious Coalition staff will also always be on site for the whole evening and overnight. Congregational volunteers will provide additional cover in addition to the paid staff member.
  • Evening Shift (5:50pm - 10:00pm) - 2 person/evening

Provide a consistent presence for that one evening from the time the families arrive until they go to bed.

  • Meal Provider - 1 person/evening

Optional. Please contact Rev. Barbara Daniel (bkdaniel@erucc.org or 301-662-2762) if you are willing to help with cooking and/or providing food.

  • Overnight Shift (10:00pm - 6:00am) - 1 person/evening

You do not need to stay up all night. You can can sleep at the shelter, but are there in case of an emergency.

  • Note: a member of the Religious Coalition staff will also always be on site for the whole evening and overnight. Congregational volunteers will provide additional cover in addition to the paid staff member.

A 2-Page Volunteer Application Is Required

  • Please email Rev. Carl () or give him a copy of your completed Volunteer Application. Volunteers must be at least age 18.

For more information

(The short link to this page is frederickuu.org/FES.)