Serving the Homeless
We’re building a place for God in our community in the hearts and homes of people. Whether it is providing shelter to homeless families or serving a meal at the Men’s Shelter, we seek to be a servant church. Would you serve, too?
For those in the church family who have a heartfelt desire to help meet the needs of those lacking adequate shelter, we have a number of ways to serve.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
For over 20 years, St. John’s has served dinner at the shelter on the third Friday of every month. Volunteers are needed to serve at the shelter or make banana pudding which is served for dessert.
Charlotte Family Housing
Trained staff members partner with families to define the path that will ultimately lead them to obtain housing. They work to solve family homelessness by doing three things: housing families, building partnerships, and empowering change. St. John’s provides space for families in transition to housing, and Charlotte Family Housing offices are located on the third floor of the St. John’s building. We also serve in the following ways:
- Preparing meals for approximately 6-8 adults and 10-12 children
- Serving as overnight hosts. Volunteers have their own room/bathroom. Volunteering in this way helps them save over $25,000 each year in labor cost.
- Participating in our Hope Team which provides ongoing support for families as they transition from the shelter toward independence.
Hope Chapel hosts weekly worship services for Charlotte’s homeless men (open 6:00am-9:00am on Sundays). It is located next to the Men’s Shelter. Volunteers are needed to work as a worship leader, coordinator, or piano player. Volunteers also provide underwear/toiletries for distribution before the service.
Urban Ministries serves as a point of entry to services offered by a network of agencies that work closely together to provide necessary opportunities for the Charlotte homeless population. Urban Ministries is an interfaith agency drawing support and volunteers from more than 130 houses of faith. St. John’s volunteers in the following ways:
- Room in The Inn – St. John’s houses homeless men in its gymnasium from December through March on Friday nights. To become involved, you may choose to spend the night or provide a meal for those spending the night.
- Moore Place – Charlotte’s first “Housing First” supportive housing building provides permanent housing and support services for 85 chronically homeless people.
- Sandwich Ministry – Each month, St. John’s members prepare over 200 sandwiches which are delivered to the Urban Ministries facility for feeding the homeless.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
If you have an interest in volunteering or supporting St. John’s missions to serve the homeless use the form below to contact our church office. A minister or lay volunteer coordinator will follow-up and find the best way for you to be involved.