Homeless Hospitality Volunteer

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Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

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Are you a people-person with the gift of gab? Please come and share your warmth and friendly conversation with our homeless guests as they come in from out of the cold and wait for transportation to an overnight shelter. Every day, Mon-Fri, from 4-6pm, we welcome homeless adults into our facility at 118 Division Street in Elizabeth for a place to spend the afternoon. Bring a deck of cards, a bag of oranges to share, or just your willingness to help pass the time in fellowship. For more information, contact kventura@theelizabethcoalition.org. We appreciate any time you can give, whether it's one day, one hour, or more. Thank you for your help in our mission to serve with dignity.

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About Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless


118 Division Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless is to ensure that homeless individuals and families, and those persons who imminently face homelessness:

  1. Obtain safe, sanitary adequate temporary or emergency shelter,
  2. Are provided with a full and fair opportunity to secure safe, decent, affordable permanent housing;
  3. Are treated with dignity and respect by all segments of society; and
  4. Are not discriminated against in the exercise and assertion of their civil and constitutional rights.


The Programs and Services of theElizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

Project Gatekeeper: This is the heart of our work with the homeless. Daily our office is open to provide emergency case management to anyone who walks in. Annually, we serve approximately 1,000 households. Our advocates are adept with the system and work with every agency that provides housing services in the area. While "advocacy" is the primary service, other service components are: housing search assistance, community education and Operation Warm Heart.

Operation Warm Heart: A temporary emergency winter shelter for the homeless that provides a warm bed, a hot meal and intensive case management services to our most vulnerable population. This program is housed throughout the community in various churches during the winter season. It is run solely on the kindness of volunteers and donations.
The Hospitality House Program: In NJ only those on public assistance are eligible for shelter as shelters require payment from a source. Our Hospitality House program is geared to working homeless families. Each family lives in an apartment-like setting while saving money, finding work and paying off bills. Intensive social work services are included in this program. Currently we have 3 houses (Ryan's House, Helen's House and Joanie's House) that provide transitional shelter to 7 families. Bernice's Place: This program provides after school tutoring September-June to homeless (including doubled-up) and precariously housed youth ages 6-12. The program includes one to one tutoring, education advocacy and special programming. On Saturdays, a recreation program is offered. During the summer we provide the same population with a Summer Day Camp for six-weeks.


Sun Dec 01, 2019 - Tue Mar 31, 2020
04:00 PM - 05:45 PM  


118 Division StreetElizabeth, NJ 07201



  • Relationship Building
  • Hospitality
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Storytelling


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours per week

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