Overview & Volunteer Sign Up

Village House Summary

What: For a third time, St. Martin of Tours parish is providing overnight accommodations for 15 medically fragile, un-housed women during the month of May, 2018.
When: Our guests will be staying with us from May 2nd to June 6th, 2018.
Why: Pope Francis has called on the Catholic Church to be a “field hospital” for the wounded, for pastors to “smell like the sheep,” and for the faithful to put mercy before judgment. This is an opportunity for us to put our faith into action.
Where: St. Martin of Tours Parish
200 O’Connor Dr, San Jose, CA 95128 (map)

More information is available on the About Village House page.

Sign up as a volunteer
(and, after selecting your slots, be sure to sign up for an in-person training session)

Click the following button to view a summary chart of the current signups (where we need the most help):

Current Signups (Summary Chart)
(still a work in progress)


There’s lots to be done to make this event run smoothly.  Duties include the following:

  • Category:  Intake
    • Intake Leader (daily basis, on-site, evening)
    • Intake Volunteer (daily basis, on-site, evening)
    • Medical Lead (weekly basis, coordinates with medical volunteers)
    • Medical Volunteer (daily basis, on-site, evening)
  • Category:  Overnight
    • Overnight Hosts – divided into three, 4-hour shifts (daily basis, on-site, night)
  • Category:  Meals
    • General
      • Meals/Misc Purchasing Agent (daily basis, off-site, delivery any time)
    • Dinner & Lunch Prep
      • Dinner Weekly Coordinator (weekly basis, on-site as necessary)
      • Dinner Preparation (daily basis, off-site, evening)
      • Dinner Volunteer/Server (daily basis, on-site, evening)
      • Lunch Preparation / Guest Assistance (daily basis, on-site, evening)
    • Breakfast
      • Breakfast Leader (daily basis, on-site, morning)
      • Breakfast Preparation (daily basis, off-site, weekend mornings only)
      • Breakfast Volunteer/Server (daily basis, on-site, morning)
  • Category:  Other
    • Early Morning Move of Cots (daily basis, on-site, morning)
    • Laundry Volunteers (daily basis, off-site, daytime)
    • Morning Transportation to Daytime Center (daily basis, on-site, morning)
    • Afternoon Transportation from Daytime Center (daily basis, on-site, afternoon)
    • Initial Set Up:  Cots and Lockers (one time only, on-site)
    • Final Clean Up:  Cots and Lockers (one time only, on-site)

We generally recommend that you volunteer within a single category.  If possible, please do so with some regularity (e.g. same shift every Monday, same shift for several days within a given week) to reduce coordination and training workload; however, if you can’t do this, we’ll still be happy to have you!

Our signup site has a detailed list of all the slots that need filling.  

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age and are expected to attend an in-person training session at St. Martin of Tours.  We will have multiple training sessions available (at various days and times) throughout April.

Furthermore, in the interest of guest safety, the Diocese of San Jose requires that new on-site volunteers do all of the following:

  1. Have fingerprints on file with the Diocese
  2. Complete the online “PGC & Vulnerable Adults” diocese training. To take the training, go the the https://www.virtusonline.org site and create an account.
  3. Be checked against the Megan’s Law List

Don’t worry – we will help you accomplish the above.  For instance, fingerprinting will be available at some (if not all) of the training sessions held at St. Martin of Tours, and instructions for being fingerprinted at alternate locations/times will be provided.

(Prior volunteers will generally need not repeat the above; however, they are still expected to attend one of the April in-person training sessions.)

Sign Me Up!

Glad to have you on-board!  Click the following button to be redirected to our signup site (hosted by signup.com):

Sign up as a volunteer
(and, after selecting your slots, be sure to sign up for an in-person training session)

Training Schedule

The following table lists our schedule of trainings:

What When Where
1. General Training Monday, April 16th, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Community Building
2. General Training Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Community Building
3. General Training Monday, April 23rd, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Community Building

Verify Group is scheduled to do fingerprinting at each training.

Click here to sign up for an in-person training session.

More Information

See the About Village House page to read about the Village House program and the other parishes involved.