Congregation Beth Jacob and its members support local families who have lost their homes through Home and Hope (formerly IHN of San Mateo County). Home and Hope, with 29 congregations participating, offers 5,000 shelter bed nights and 15,000 meals each year. They operate on the simple principle that our homeless families are our “guests” whose needs are primarily met by volunteer “hosts” who welcome them into their congregational homes--- not “clients” whose needs are overseen by case managers in an impersonal, institutional setting offered by most traditional shelters.
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We need volunteers for Set-Up, Dinner Prep, Childcare, Overnight Hosts, Take-Down and Laundry.
- Set-Up is on the first Sunday from 3:00-5:00 pm. Instructions will be given prior to your assignment.
- Dinner Prep is from 5:00 -7:00 pm each night of the Sunday - Saturday Host week.
- We need 1 trained dinner lead.
- There are a few individuals at CBJ that have experience with this, so a special email goes out to them to sign up for a night.
- We also need 3-5 additional volunteers to help the dinner lead prepare dinner.
- Some of the kids from Hebrew School (5th-8th grade) normally volunteer as well.
- Childcare is from 7:00 -9:00 pm each night of the Host week.
- Volunteers will follow instructions given to them from Karen Stein.
- We need at least 2 adults and 2-3 additional kids.
- If there are many children in the IHN program, then we may need more adult volunteers.
- Overnight hosts are needed each night of the Host week from 9:00 pm - 7:00 am the next morning.
- Two adults are needed each night and children are welcome to accompany the adults.
- Specific insructions will be given prior to your assignment.
- Take down is on the last Sunday of the Host week in the morning at 7:30 am.
- Anyone may volunteer - we need as many volunteers as we can get.
- We need 2-3 volunteers to take sheets and mattress pads (sometimes blankets) home to wash, fold and bring back to the temple to the IHN closet by the next Saturday.
We encourage people to bring their friends to volunteer for this rewarding mitzvah.
Volunteers do not need to be CBJ members (except for the trained dinner leads who need to be familiar with CBJ Kashrut policies.) Most tasks are for all ages, with an accompanying adult. Families, teens, adults, chavurahs, anyone can volunteer -- the more the merrier. It is more fun and goes faster with more people!
Questions about IHN? Contact our IHN Coordinator, Anne Vallerga.