Village House

Social Ministries

A place of refuge for homeless,
medically-fragile women

 

Village House

 

The Village House rotating shelter for homeless women will begin its second year here at Holy Spirit. The Shelter offers a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to live out Christ’s message of serving our homeless neighbors through love and compassion!

The Episcopal Church of Almaden has again agreed to coordinate with Holy Spirit and operate a warming center during the daytime hours. The Holy Spirit evening shelter will operate from 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. seven days per week from January 3rd – February 7th.

The Shelter Network began earlier this year at Holy Spirit with over 300 volunteers hosting 15 women who were homeless and medically fragile. The shelter network has since grown to a dozen overnight shelters and day
centers. The members are diverse in faith traditions – Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, Evangelical, and Jewish.

There will be opportunities to help with serving meals, intake and registration, laundry, overnight supervision, transportation, and on-call medical support. Sign up for volunteer shifts below or from the Village House website above.

Sign Up

On Sunday, December 17th at 1:00 p.m. there will be a meeting in the Parish Hall for all volunteers. A brief overview of Village House will be presented along with any changes from last year. Libby Echeverria will discuss homelessness and the challenges our women have faced. This will help you be more comfortable talking with the women. A more positive environment for our guests will be the result. She will also answer any questions you may have.

The Diocese of San Jose requires screening for volunteers, over the age of 18, who will serve at the Village House in close contact with our guests: all overnight, intake and drivers are required to be both fingerprinted and complete an online safety course for vulnerable adults. Volunteers will be prompted to visit the website at www.verifygroup.com for fingerprint clearance and www.virtusonline.org to take PGC and Vulnerable Adults
when signing up for one of the Tier 1 positions. Fingerprints must only be done once and the training is good for 3 years. Please contact Katie Metzger at kmetzger@dsj.org or 408-997-5115 with any questions.

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