First Baptist Church committed itself to be a part of the Family Promise of Carteret ministries in 2012 as a host church because of the great need we had in our community to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support to families without a home.
Many folks have stereotyped the homeless with alcohol and drug abuse. However this does not portray the homeless population accurately. Families with young children account for over 40% of America's homeless.
There are many reasons for a family's homelessness, but the root cause is the lack of affordable housing. Through Family Promise, we are able to minister to these families by providing accommodations and meals for up to 14 people for one week every quarter.
FBC provides rooms for our guest to sleep as well as a separate room for our overnight host to sleep. Guest will arrive around 5pm and our meal teams will serve a meal around 6pm. In the morning our guest will fix their breakfast and a bag lunch before leaving for the day at 7am. Our van drivers will meet our guest at 7am and transport them to the day center where the children are able to catch the bus to their school.
Our overnight and daytime host will socialize with our guest, may help the children with homework, and be available if our guests have any problems or questions.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas.
We need two hosts each night. You will arrive at the church around 6pm and share supper with out guest. Doors are secured at 8pm each night. You should be able to depart at 7am the next morning.
Afternoon Host will greet and sign in our guest as they arrive from the Day Center. You will arrive at the church just before 5pm and stay until about 6pm.
On Saturday our guest has the option of staying at the church. Volunteers are needed to stay during the day on Saturday from 9am - 6pm. We normally split the day into three shifts (9am - 12noon / 12noon - 3pm / 3pm - 6pm).
Set Up Team
Volunteer to drive the Family Promise van either in the morning or afternoon to transport our guest to and from the Day Center each day. Morning drivers will need to be at the church around 6:45am and the afternoon drivers will need to be at the church around 4:45pm.
Tear Down Team
Help set up the rooms and other areas on the Sunday Morning that we receive our guest. This will normally begin after Sunday School.
Donation of Items
Help with putting beds back on the trailer, setting class rooms back up, and storing all of the Family Promise items. This takes place on Sunday Morning prior to Sunday School on the Sunday that our guest leave.
You may donate plates, cups, napkins, plastic cutlery, board games, family movies, coloring books, etc.
Help welcome our guest with handwritten personalized cards. The Site Coordinator will get you the names of the guest.