Next FPM Hosting Week at CTK:
November 25 - December 2, 2012
Next Volunteer Training at CTK:
Tuesday, November 6
Volunteers needed for our next hosting week!
Please see sign up information below.
Volunteer sign-up will be available in the CTK narthex and online three weeks prior to the next hosting date.
Click on FPM calendar at the top of this page and follow instructions. Password is “helping111” NOTE: If this is your first time, you will be paired with an experienced Volunteer.
FPM Volunteer Training
Next volunteer training at CTK - Tuesday November 6, 2012.
Check the FPM website for a schedule of Volunteer Training sessions available at other area congregations.
The FPM 'Items Needed' web page is also a source for up-to-date information on a variety of things needed by our Families & the Day Center.
We are a Family Promise Metrowest Congregation
Christ The King Lutheran Church is a Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) congregation, utilizing space within our church building to provide meals and lodging to families with children who are temporarily without a home. We rotate hosting on a weekly basis with 13 other Metrowest congregations, hosting at CTK 4 times/year. We sincerely thank the Members of Temple Beth Torah and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holliston - FPM Support Congregations - who help us provide meals, donations, and volunteers during our hosting weeks.
Our Guests are transported by the FPM van to the Network Day Center from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, 7 days/week. The Day Center, located at the First Baptist Church in downtown Natick, is staffed by Director Beth Cooper, Assistant Director Marcia Praver, Van Drivers, and many volunteers. It is here that our Guests receive the help they need to attain permanent housing. Our Guest Families hunger for more than just food and shelter. With every smile, every word, and every gesture of kindness and respect, we allow the Spirit of Christ to flow through us to feed their souls. Thank You for Your Prayers and Participation!
Sign up is easy! Click on the FPM Sign up Calendar (top right or here).
Evening Meal Preparer and Host: 2 adults & 1 adult on-call
5:15 – 8:00 p.m. Bring your prepared meal, eat in fellowship with our
Guests, and afterwards help them clean up. Stay until our overnight hosts arrive. One additional meal preparer needed.
1 adult or 1 adult with child(ren) & 1 adult on-call
6:15 – 8:00 p.m. The planning’s been done! Just bring yourself and help our guest children with their school work or the scheduled evening activity.
Overnight Hosts: 2 adults, one must be female
8:00 p.m.- 6:00 a.m. (2 people/night – one person must be a woman) Provide assistance to our Guests as needed. Bring your own bed linens – airbeds will be supplied. Volunteer for Breakfast too!
Breakfast Volunteers: 2 adults, one must be female
6:00 – 7:30 a.m. Put the coffee on! Set out the donated milk, juice, cereal, breads, fruit, and clean up. Guests leave - 6:45 a.m. M-F / 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Saturday Breakfast: 2 adults, one must be female
6:00 – 9a.m. You supply and prepare a hot breakfast and clean up. Guests leave at 8:30 a.m.
Unload the bedding from the van at ~ 8:00a.m.
Set-up at NOON: ~1 to 4 guest rooms (one room for each family) and host room. Take down classroom tables/chairs, inflate and make up the airbeds, arrange rooms and dividers.
Take-down 8:00 a.m. (following Sunday) Deflate airbeds, take down and put away room dividers, reset classroom tables/chairs.
Sunday morning (up to 14 people) After our families leave, take home a re-useable container holding the linens for one person. Wash all the linens, put back into the container, and store in your home until needed for our next hosting week.
How to Prepare to become an FPM Volunteer
Please refer to our Guests as “Guest Families who are temporarily
and avoid the label “homeless”.
- Attend a training class. Our Guests are going through very difficult times and may feel beaten and broken. In order to provide a caring and supportive environment, it is important that we understand their needs. During the 2 hour training class, we will watch a video of FPM Guests describing their feelings in response to words and actions from well-intentioned volunteers. We will discuss what we can say and do to help them feel valued. And we will learn important guidelines we need to follow. The training will be offered prior to each week of hosting, but you only need to attend it one time – and only if you will be interacting with our Guests.
- Complete a CORI check. In accordance with the “Safe Church Policy” at CTK, if you will be interacting with our guests, we ask that you complete paperwork for a criminal background check called a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. The paperwork is easy and will be submitted along with a copy of your driver’s license by our church office without cost to you or CTK. CORI checks will be done during Volunteer training or upon request.
Volunteer Opportunities at the FPM Day Center
First Baptist Church, 13 Common Street, Natick
No need to make a long term commitment! You can volunteer once a month, or less. Bring your book, your knitting, or use the computer during the quiet time. To volunteer, please contact Beth Cooper, FPM Director at the Day Center Office 508-318-4820.
www.familypromisemetrowest.org – to sign up for the FPM Newsletter or to make a financial contribution.
www.mihn.pbwiki.com – click on “items needed” to find out what’s needed by our Guest Families and the Day Center.
More information on the FPM and how it operates is on our