Floris Guest House

Be Our Guest in 2023

From February 19-26, 2023, Floris UMC will host approximately 40 people without housing from 5 p.m.-7 a.m. Our guests receive a hot dinner, breakfast, a place to sleep and the opportunity to participate in evening activities. Our volunteers are vital to making Floris Guest House a welcoming and safe environment.

How Can You Help?

We have many non-food-related volunteer positions. The roles are listed by date, so choose one that is convenient for your schedule. Students under 14 are not allowed to volunteer per FACETS guidelines. Volunteers ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult and can only volunteer for specific positions.

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For questions about volunteering or specific volunteer positions, contact Sally Mathews, Volunteer Coordinator, at sallymathews@cox.net.

Set-Up Crew

The Set-Up Crew gets the Fellowship Hall, Gathering Space and other areas of the church ready to be used for Guest House.

Students under 14 are not permitted to volunteer per FACETS guidelines. Volunteers ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30-4 p.m.

Morning Cleaning/Transition

Cleaning/Transition volunteers help turn over the church each morning. They vacuum and empty trash in the Fellowship Hall and wipe down tables in the Gathering Space. They conduct a sweep of the interior and exterior of the building to dispose of left behind debris.

Volunteers must be 18 or older.

7-8 a.m.

Hall Monitor (Monday Only)

Greet and interact with guests as they engage in activities. Their main task is to be stationed at the South vestibule to ensure guests remain in designated areas. They also regularly check bathrooms and the Fellowship Hall and perform other duties as assigned.

Monitors should feel comfortable interacting with guests. This position may involve periods of inactivity, so you are welcome to bring a book. However, careful attention and observation are necessary at all times. Monitors must be 18 or older.

Monitors must be 18 or older.

8-11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Hospitality Crew (Monday Only)

Ensure that the space is “welcome ready.” Greet guests and tend to their needs, providing beverages and food as needed. Interact with guests as they relax, participate in activities and services, and perform other duties as assigned. If necessary, they report any concerns to the onsite coordinator.

Monitors should feel comfortable interacting with guests.

Hospitality Crew must be 18 or older.

8-11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Monitor

Afternoon Monitors help set up the Fellowship Hall and Gathering Space before guests arrive, welcome guests, and help them settle in before dinner. If necessary, they report any concerns to the PM Coordinator. Their main task is to be stationed at each end of the church to ensure guests remain in designated areas. They also regularly check bathrooms and the Fellowship Hall and perform other duties as assigned.

Monitors should feel comfortable interacting with guests. This position may involve periods of inactivity, so you are welcome to bring a book. However, careful attention and observation are necessary at all times.

Monitors must be 18 or older.

4:30-7:30 p.m.

Evening Monitor

Evening Monitors interact with guests as they relax after dinner and participate in activities and services. If necessary, they report any concerns to the PM Coordinator. Monitors are stationed at each end of the church to ensure guests remain in designated areas. They also regularly check bathrooms and the Fellowship Hall.

Monitors should feel comfortable interacting with guests and have a confident and assertive demeanor. This position may involve periods of inactivity, so you are welcome to bring a book. However, careful attention and observation are necessary at all times.

Monitors must be 18 or older.

7:15-11 p.m.

Overnight Monitor

Overnight Monitors stay awake throughout their shift and help supervise the church while guests sleep. They ensure the church is quiet, assist the FACETS facilitator as needed and contact the PM Coordinator with any concerns. Monitors are stationed at each end of the church to ensure guests remain in designated areas. They also regularly check bathrooms and the Fellowship Hall, turn on coffee pots at 4:30 a.m. and perform other duties as assigned.

Monitors should feel comfortable interacting with guests and have a confident and assertive demeanor. This position may involve periods of inactivity, so you are welcome to bring a book. However, careful attention and observation are necessary at all times.

Monitors must be 18 or older.

11 p.m.-7 a.m.

Breakdown Crew

The Breakdown Crew returns the Fellowship Hall, Gathering Space and other areas used for Guest House back to their original set-up.

Students under 14 are not permitted to volunteer per FACETS guidelines. Volunteers ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

6:30-8:30 a.m.

What is Floris Guest House?

Floris UMC partners with FACETS to open our building to local people without housing. Floris UMC is one of 50 faith communities in our area who work together to offer this care. During the cold-weather months, we help prevent severe discomfort and hypothermia for those without housing.

For more information, contact Donna Porter at dporter@florisumc.org.

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