Housed on our Watkins campus, our Ministries programs provide a safe haven for families and individuals in need of help. Homeless guests are compassionately welcomed with showers, clothing, shoes, counseling and referral services.
People call into Special Ministries with questions, concerns, and needs for assistance. The person answering the telephone call would provide our address, directions, and hours of operation to callers in need of that information. Callers with a home in need of assistance to prevent homelessness would be referred to their local conference. Resource fliers and information will be available on the computer or in notebooks in the telephone area. Ministries staff are available for support and guidance at all times.
Shower/ Clothing Counter
Guests complete an interview to determine their needs and eligibility for services and items that we provide at Special Ministries. When the interview is completed, the representative at the shower/clothing counter assists our guests by providing them with the items that have been listed in their enrollment and/or items needed to take a shower.
The interviewer assists guests in Special Ministries with determining their needs and eligibility for the services that we provide. Guests are signed in and entered into the computer system. The interviewer asks the guest a series of questions geared toward determining need and enters the guest for the items and services that they are eligible for. The interviewer also provides the guest with resource information to support needs that we are not able to directly address here at this site or at the time of their enrollment.
Special Ministries is largely supported by donations. Items that have been donated or purchased are sorted by size and/or type and placed in designated areas for distribution. This includes clothing, bedding, shoes, toiletries, and hygiene items.
When guests arrive at Special Ministries, they sign in with their name and date of birth to obtain services. The front desk representative is responsible for entering this information into the computer and adding the guest to the lists for interview and/or shower services. The front desk representative is also able to provide information to guests who have questions regarding what is available and how to have their needs met while they are our guest.
Please note: For many of these opportunities, a long-term commitment is appreciated, as specific training is required - this is an excellent opportunity for social work students to create an internship for themselves!
Volunteer Shifts: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
- People Skills
- Office Reception
- Case Work / Management
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Relationship Building
- Customer Service
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2 hour minimum shift comittment
- Volunteer Orientation
- Urban Farm Gardener
- Homeless Shelter Handyman
- Dream Center: Spend Time with...
- Pizza Fridays
- Certified Barber
- St. Vincent de Paul's Ministry...
- Bike Mechanic
- Serve Lunch to the Homeless
- Serve Breakfast to the Homeless
- Hearts & Hands Community Day
- Thrift Store Assistant
- Volunteer Administrative Assistant