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A Typical Host Week at Peace Lutheran Church During the week there are over 50 volunteer opportunities. Volunteers come from PLC as the host church, our assisting church, Shepherd of the Hills, the Twin Lakes community, and other community FP volunteers.

The First Sunday: The FP trailer arrives around 8 a.m. with cots and personal belongings, and remains for the week. Guest families arrive Sunday evening about 5:30. Their welcoming, transformed bedrooms and common area was set-up by many PLC volunteers after Sunday fellowship.

Hosting Each Night of the Week: Families settle in, relax, and meet the Dinner Host volunteers. At 6 p.m. dinner is served buffet style. Everyone shares the meal together. Guests are responsible for their children and help with clean up, the dishwashing, and chores.

After dinner, the 7 p.m. Evening Host volunteers arrive to enjoy fellowship with guests. Hosts and their families may play games, help with homework, and watch videos or just talk. Guests need not participate, as they may choose their preference. Parents may prepare the following day’s sack lunches for their families.

Two volunteers arrive at 9 p.m. to spend the night in private host room. Adults are in bed by 10 p.m. & children’s bedtimes are set by their parents.

During the Day (guests are not at PLC): Wake up is around 6 a.m. Continental Breakfast is set out for self-service during the week, typically cereal, bagels, muffins, fruit. Guests depart at 7 a.m. either by the FP van or their own vehicles.

Guests go to the FP Day Center. From there, children will go to school or daycare and parents to their jobs. If the parents do not have a job, they work with the case manager at the Day Center to seek employment, housing, daycare and other resources to help them regain their independence.

Guests arrive at PLC around 5:30 p.m. and the cycle repeats. Saturday:  The families can sleep in and enjoy an 8:15 a.m. hot breakfast. Then at 9 a.m. go do what families typically do on weekends – see friends and relatives, take children to activities, etc. or go to the Day Center.

The Last Sunday: Families are packed up, and the beds and personal belongings are loaded onto the trailer by 7:30 a.m. Volunteers clean, vacuum, and set-up for Sunday School, Worship, and Fellowship finished by 8:15 a.m. The guest families and the FP trailer moves onto the next Family Promise Host Congregation.

Interested? Come learn more on Thursday, January 19, 6- 7 pm at PLC! Family Promise staff will present a “FAMILY PROMISE ORIENTATION” You can recognize how you alone and/or how your family can help!

2017 PLC Family Promise Host Weeks! February 12 – 19, May 14 – 21, August 13 – 20, November 12 – 19

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Thank you! Jolene Pooley