Missions: WE Shelter / Dinner Host & Server

DINNER HOSTS (Preparers/Servers)

  • Arrive by 6:15 and serve from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Couples, families, SS classes, groups which include women, men and children are encouraged to prepare and serve the evening meal and to eat with the residents.
  • Background check not necessary.
  1. Please bring the meal to the shelter by 6:15 p.m. There are 2 microwaves if something needs to be heated up, otherwise please bring food ready to be served. Wrapping dishes in newspaper over the foil or wrap seems to keep them hot longer.
  2. Plan to bring one gallon of sweet tea, one gallon of lemonade and a bag of ice. Unsweetened tea is optional.
  3. Each member of your serving group should go to the Greeter Table to get a name tag and sign in the volunteer book.  
  4. One of the residents will set up the glasses on the drink table and put out napkins, plates and silverware.  If you want to add special napkins or other decorations, please do.
  5. At 6:25 pm, the staff person on duty will give a brief welcome to your group and lead a prayer or ask if a member of your group would like to pray.  Some of the ladies will remain in their rooms during this time (personal choice) and come to the dining room after the prayer.
  6. Please be ready to serve the meal from 6:30 - 7:00 pm. Volunteers who have prepared the food should serve the plates for residents to make sure that everyone that everyone gets an equitable amount.
  7. Prepare for up to 20 residents, plus your servers and up to 4 staff and volunteers. (If the shelter is full, this could be approximately 30).  The site supervisor will notify the church leaders of the number of residents in any given week.  You can get this information from your church leader to aid you in preparation of food.
  8. Prepare and set aside any plates needed for late arrivals before serving seconds to the residents.  The Greeter will notify you about plates that need to be saved but check with her if you have not heard from her before serving seconds.
  9. If there is enough after all have eaten and plates have been saved, you may announce to the residents that they may have seconds on food.
  10. If there is any food left at this point, those residents who are attending school or working may prepare a lunch for themselves if they choose. 
  11. We will only have one home size refrigerator and freezer this year so we cannot keep large amounts of left-overs on hand. However, if you do not have a way to use the left-overs from your meal, we will deliver them to GUM or Joseph’s House the next day. 
  12. You may leave by 7:15 after your goodbyes to the residents. If you would like to stay longer, please check in with the staff on duty and your church leader.
Last Published: November 18, 2013 4:42 PM