UUFA will be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran in hosting Family Promise clients during the week of July 26-August 2.
This upcoming week of hosting will be quite different than any we’ve done before due to the Covid pandemic, but the families are currently being housed at an outstanding and very safe facility provided by the Athens Church of Christ at 3720 Mars Hill Road.
Families have their own apartments as well as a large common area where they eat and their children can play. The room for overnight hosts and the tables for day hosts are separated from the family living spaces. There is now very little, if any, contact between the families and the hosts and meal providers. The same true for meal providers, who bring food in disposable containers for each family unit and leave it on a table in the lobby for day hosts to distribute.
We will need volunteers to
—Prepare meals for three families—which altogether have four adults and nine children. (Because of the size of the famiy groups, it’s probably more important than ever to partner with another person in meal preparation)
—Serve as day hosts for 3 1/4 hour blocks each day (a duty in which you’ll probably be reading a book or perusing your smart phone most all of the time…or even doing work)
—Serve as overnight hosts
—Drive vans in the mornings and afternoons
Some of you have expressed concern about volunteering for this program due to the hazards posed by the Covid pandemic. The family members have been living at this satellite facility for a while now, and they don’t need to ask questions of volunteer hosts, so there is consequently little close contact. The men’s and women’s restrooms have multiple stalls and sinks, and the stalls and sinks are designated for families and hosts. There are plenty of hand sanitizers on-site. For anyone who is willing to drive the van, all passengers are required to wear face masks.
Click here to sign up for a volunteer slot..
Click here to find out more about the Family Promise static site by watching a three-minute video.
Click here for online training.
For additional information including the arranging of a tour of the facility, contact UUFA Family Promise Coordinator Mark Hodges.