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Home Again

CHANGING LIVES IN OUR COMMUNITY

 

The primary focus of the Tikkun Olam Committee for the coming year will be on establishing a partnership between Congregation Beth Ahabah and HomeAgain, a rapid rehousing program for individuals and families experiencing the crisis of homelessness. We are bringing the story of HomeAgain to our congregation and hopte to share the many avenues available for members of to volunteer.

HomeAgain has provided us with an array of volunteer opportunities. However, we are aware that we have a diverse and talented membership here at Beth Ahabah and that you may have ideas of your own.  Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to hear more about HomeAgain, please use the link below to sign up.  A member of the Tikkun Olam Committee will be in touch with you in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

MEET THE PEOPLE HOMEAGAIN HAS HELPED

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS

 Front desk/ staff support:

  • Assist with answering the door and the phone during the busiest hours of the facilities.
  • Assist with serving dinner.
  • Assist with organizing, filing and additional duties as needed.
  • Assist with inventory and pantry organization.

Maintenance support:

  • Assist maintenance manager with preventive maintenance work such as cleaning, painting and gardening.
  • Help maintenance staff move heavy objects

Client support: Utilizing a housing-first approach:

  • Provide training in resume building, job search and interviews.
  • Provide support during housing search.
  • Provide encouragement and empowerment during transition/difficult times.
  • Provide training in special skills: cooking, arts, computer literacy, etc.

Media support: From a housing first perspective:

  • Assist with social media by volunteering your time as a photographer or videographer.
  • Provide your talent as graphic designer.
  • Provide your talent as a journalist/blogger.

Opportunities for Groups

 Adopt-a-room:

  • Help with the renovating a room in any of our facilities.
  • Renovation may include painting, refreshing linen and cleaning.
  • Refreshing bed linens; color-coordinating rooms

Welcome baskets:

  • Organize baskets for clients who are moving into their new home.
  • Baskets can include toiletries, household items, cleaning supplies and nonperishables.

Workshop/activity groups:

  • Lead workshop in the areas of:
    • Creative parenting solutions (assist our clients with tips and ways to make parenting easier)
    • Employment (examples may be: mock interviews, job hunting and resume building)
    • Housing (help our clients in their search for housing and supportive resources)
    • Budgeting and financial literacy (tips banking, saving money and invest in their future)
  • Examples of group activities:
    • Painting/ arts & crafts classes for adults and children
    • Game night at a facility
    • Movie night
    • Reading/tutoring support for our children
    • Focus groups

Services:

  • Cook and serve dinner at any of our facilities
  • Provide services such as haircuts, eye exams, dental exams

Maintenance/ build:

  • Assist our facilities by renovating high trafficked areas
  • Build new furniture, work stations.
  • Repair damaged/critical/outdated sections at any of our facilities.

Becoming a HomeAgain Ambassador

 Outreach: Help HomeAgain spread awareness of our work by sharing our stories on social media and in your community. Our ambassadors are equipped with our stories, facts and figures to help us spread awareness around our mission.

  • Special events: Help us by hosting a special event or attending one of HomeAgain’s events throughout the year. Special events can be hosting or participating in drives, fundraisers, our annual dinner, Veteran Season, Holiday Hope or any signature event.

Becoming a KEY Mentor (Knowing and Empowering You!)

 Mentors can come from any background and industry.

  • Mentors first attend a trauma informed care training to understand the challenges our clients face.
  • Mentors are slowly introduced providing a workshop/presentation in any of the following areas:
    • Creative parenting solutions (assist our clients with tips and ways to make parenting easier)
    • Employment (examples may be: mock interviews, job hunting and resume building)
    • Housing (help our clients in their search for housing and supportive resources)
    • Budgeting and financial literacy (tips banking, saving money and invest in their future)
  • Mentors are carefully selected and paired with clients who are interested in long-term support after securing housing.
  • Mentors follow up with case manager/volunteer coordinator on mentorship outcomes.
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