Overview & Volunteer Sign Up

Planning Meeting Schedule

Update as of Friday, March 26th, 2019:  We will be holding our planning meetings on April 4th, 11th, and 25th. Other meetings have been cancelled. All meetings start at 6:30 PM in Bailey House at St. Martin’s.


Village House Summary

What: For the fourth time, St. Martin of Tours parish is providing overnight accommodations for 15 medically fragile, un-housed women during the month of May, 2019.
When: Our guests will be staying with us from Monday May 6th to Wednesday June 5th, 2019.
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: Overnight:
St. Martin of Tours Parish
200 O’Connor Dr, San Jose, CA 95128 (map)

Day center:
Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church
1948 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126 (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 if you have not volunteered a previous year)


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

Current Signups (Summary Chart)


Volunteering

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

  • Category:  Intake
    • Intake Leader (daily: on-site, evening)
    • Intake Volunteer (daily: on-site, evening)
  • Category:  Medical
    • Medical Lead (weekly: coordinates with medical volunteers)
    • Medical Volunteer (Mon, Wed, Fri: on-site, evening)
  • Category:  Overnight
    • Overnight Hosts – divided into two, 4-hour shifts (daily: on-site, night)
  • Category:  Meals
    • General
      • Meals/Misc Purchasing Agent (Tues, Sat: off-site, delivery any time)
    • Dinner & Lunch Prep
      • Dinner Weekly Coordinator (weekly: on-site as necessary)
      • Dinner Preparation (daily: off-site, evening)
      • Dinner Volunteer/Server (daily: on-site, evening)
    • Breakfast
      • Breakfast Volunteer/Server (daily: on-site, morning)
  • Category:  Other
    • Laundry Volunteers (Wed, Sat, Sun: off-site, daytime)
    • Morning Transportation to Daytime Center (weekdays: on-site, morning)
    • 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. New volunteers are expected to attend an in-person training session at St. Martin of Tours.  We require that all volunteers attend our training.  If you have attended the training before, we recommend that you attend as a refresher course as the general training does remind us of the special circumstances of our guests.  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.  See detailed instructions.  Volunteers must retake the (brief) online course if 3 years have elapsed.
  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.

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 if you have not volunteered a previous year)

Training Schedule

The following table lists our schedule of trainings:

What When Where
1. General Training Monday, April 29th, 2019
7:00 PM* – 9:00 PM
Community Building
2. General Training Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
7:00 PM* – 9:00 PM
Community Building
3. General Training Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
7:00 PM* – 9:00 PM
Community Building

* If you need to be fingerprinted, please come at 6:30 PM. Please tell us that you need to be fingerprinted so we can be sure to have the fingerprinting folks on site.
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.

Questions?