East Woods Presbyterian Church will host Family Promise the week
of August 23rd through the 29th. Our
hosting duties will be a little different this time.
When churches shut down last March because of COVID-19, the
families moved to hotels for housing.
Churches continued to help the families in various ways. We
provided grocery gift cards and encouraging notes during our May rotation. The
families prepared meals in their room kitchenettes with the money from the gift
cards. This set-up allowed them to
adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The unbudgeted hotel expense was burdensome for the program.
Thanks to the generous offer from the owners of Sumner House in Camas, the
families will move in on August 2nd.
They will use this for their overnight stays. They return to the Day
Center to receive the services and support needed to obtain employment,
housing, and independence. Session has approved our request for
volunteers to cover the family time at Sumner House during our
We need to provide two people on-site each day from 5:15 p.m. to
7:15 a.m. The only meal we will serve will be dinner. We will serve families in their rooms with
disposable plates and serve ware. Each family collects their trash for disposal
before they depart each morning.
All family members and volunteers are required to wear masks and
observe social distancing. Each family member with get temperature checks twice
daily. There will be very little
interaction between volunteers and guests.
We will provide grocery gift cards for breakfasts and lunches. These meals will be eaten at the Day
We are providing this online volunteer sign-up here for your
There are three areas you can sign up for per day. Each one requires two volunteers.
Meal Hosts (5:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.)
- Provide a
complete dinner prepared at home and delivered to each family’s room at 5:30
p.m. We will provide the number of
families and how many in each before our week.
- You can
coordinate on the menu with your partner volunteer.
- Remain on-site
to meet any needs until the next volunteers arrive.
First Overnight Hosts (8:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.)
- Two people
must spend the first overnight shift to providing security. One person needs to be awake to do scheduled
building checks per the Fire Marshall requirements. The other can sleep and share
- Cots are
provided. You bring your bedding (as we have previously done.)
Second Overnight Hosts (2:00 a.m. PM-7:15 a.m.) Please sign
up for the following day, even though it's the same night.
- Same requirements
as the First Overnight Hosts.
- There is
minimal clean-up in the morning after the families depart: disinfection of
common area doorknobs, tables, kitchen surfaces that were touched, and the
bathroom designated for volunteer use.
Each family is responsible for cleaning the areas they have used.
NOTE: Shifts can easily be
combined (recommended), so you don’t have to travel in the middle of the
Prayerfully consider volunteering to host at the Sumner House in
Camas the week of August 23rd. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up by Sunday,
Pat Norby (360-600-6391) or Lynne Helmke (360-241-9737) if you need help
signing up or have questions. We’re so
happy that you are able to help us continue to support the Family Promise
In God’s Grace,
Lynne and Pat