Overview & Volunteer Sign Up

Update:  One of our core volunteers has put together a diagram of our remaining open volunteer slots. The diagram also depicts the various shift leads for each week. If you’re having trouble finding an opening that works for you, take a look!

Last updated 01-30-2017.

Village House Summary

What: St. Martin of Tours parish is providing overnight accommodations for 15 medically fragile, unhoused women during the month of February, 2017.
When: Our guests will be staying with us from February 1st to March 1st, 2017.
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)


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

  • Category:  Intake
    • Intake Leader  (on-site)
    • Intake Volunteer  (on-site)
  • Category:  Overnight
    • Overnight Hosts – divided into three, 4-hour shifts  (on-site)
    • Medical  (on-site)
  • Category:  Meals
    • Dinner
      • Dinner Weekly Coordinator  (on-site as necessary)
      • Dinner Preparation  (off-site)
      • Dinner Volunteer/Server  (on-site)
    • Lunch
      • Preparation / Guest Assistance (on-site)
      • Lunch Items Delivery  (off-site)
    • Breakfast
      • Breakfast Weekly Coordinator  (on-site as necessary)
      • Breakfast Preparation  (off-site)
      • Breakfast Volunteer/Server  (on-site)
  • Category:  Other
    • Early Morning Move of Cots  (on-site)
    • Laundry Volunteers  (off-site)
    • Initial Set Up:  Cots and Lockers  (on-site)
    • Final Clean Up:  Cots and Lockers  (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.  See also, our Volunteer Information Sheet.

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 December and January.

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 Shield the Vulnerable Training
  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.

(Volunteers from last year will not need to repeat the above three items, but they are still expected to attend a training session for this year’s program.)

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 Thursday, December 15, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Building
2. General Training * Wednesday, January 4, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Building
3. General Training Monday, January 9, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Building
4. General Training * Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Building
5. General Training Wednesday, January 25, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Building
6. General Training Monday, January 30, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Building

*Verify Group is scheduled to do fingerprinting at this training.

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

More Information

See the About Village House page to read about the 2017 Village House program and the other parishes involved.