Room In The Inn.  Coordinated by Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center, Room In the Inn provides temporary overnight meals and accommodations for the homeless during the coldest months of the year, December-March. St Peter’s is one of more than 90 churches and other organizations that participate by opening their doors and recruiting their own members to staff the service. As many as 80 different St. Peter’s parishioners participate every year, each person accomplishing a different job. Our parish hall is transformed into a 12-person dormitory each Wednesday evening and homeless neighbors arrive in time for dinner. Each volunteer has a different task to make this ministry happen. The jobs include setting up beds, making and serving dinner, breakfast or lunch, chaperoning the neighbors overnight, cleaning up afterward, and doing laundry in preparation for the next week. While there is plenty of satisfaction in providing this much-needed help, the best moments occur during the interaction between volunteers and our homeless neighbors.  To volunteer contact Des Keller.

Charlotte Family Housing (CFH) is an innovative solution for family homelessness in the greater Charlotte community.  In 2011 Charlotte Emergency Housing, Family Promise of Charlotte, and Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing (W.I.S.H.) merged in response to this growing number of homeless families in the community, to better serve this population in a more effective manner.

In its two-phase continuum of care model, CFH provides supportive transitional shelter and affordable housing for its families. During both phases, the families work closely with social workers to receive intensive family-focused care and support such as vocational counseling, parenting skills and financial literacy. CFH empowers families to take positive steps in both phases to achieve financial independence and self-reliance.

In addition, CFH will work closely with Charlotte community volunteers in order to drive success for homeless families. The model encompasses both short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities to help the families succeed. CFH will continue to foster a movement of long-term engagement with the families in order to break the vicious cycle of generational poverty.  CFH will achieve this by providing training and a multi-year support system to community volunteers to work closely with the families to sustain their success.  To learn more about Charlotte Family Housing.

St. Peter’s has supported CFH for the past two years by providing a W.I.S.H. team to work with a family in transition from homelessness. St. Peter’s is currently seeking volunteers to join a team to serve at Hawthorne Place,  a new CFH transition shelter for homeless families.  Volunteers will serve meals and eat with the families and/or stay overnight for a week in the spring or later.  To volunteer contact Nelda Leon.

Inner City Garden Initiative.  Volunteers are needed for planting, harvesting and maintenance, from spring through fall.  To volunteer contact Nancy Duncan.  Learn more about the Inner City Garden Initiative.

Samaritan House Annual Luncheon.  Samaritan House will hold its annual fundraising luncheon at St. Peter’s on March 1, 2012 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Samaritan House provides recuperative care to homeless men and women following a hospital stay.  Michael Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas Medical Center will be the speaker.  Luncheon tickets are $35 and may be purchased by contacting Ruth Woodend.  Learn more about the Samaritan House.

The Augustine Project at St. Peter’s provides free one on one tutoring to low income children and teens who are significantly behind in literacy skills.  They do this by training and supporting volunteers who participate in a two week workshop which includes preparing and giving lessons to children in a coached practicum. Volunteers are needed both for tutoring and or publicity and recruiting tutors. To help, contact Allison Houser.

Urban Ministry Center. St. Peter’s members volunteer at Urban Ministry by participating on teams that serve lunch to the homeless.  For more information about this and other outreach opportunities at Urban Ministry complete our Volunteer Information Form.

Habitat for Humanity.  Each fall St. Peter’s members team up with several other churches to build a home for a family through Habitat for Humanity.  To volunteer contact John Knip.

Want to Help But Not Sure How?  If you want to volunteer in some way but are not sure how and want to talk with someone about it, let us know. Complete our Volunteer Information Form.