Family Promise is a citywide project in which homeless families are housed at volunteer church congregations. Each day, families are driven from the church to a center downtown where they are provided assistance in finding jobs, contacting social agencies, and other tasks needed to help get them back on their feet. Each evening, the volunteer congregation picks them up and takes them back to the church for meals and lodging.
JUC houses up to four families in our Mills Building, four or five times a year. Classrooms in the Mills Building are converted to sleeping rooms and the open area is converted into a common room. We need from 85 to 92 volunteers each of these weeks to support the program. Sign up.
Click the description of tasks listed below for an overview of available volunteer opportunities.
Family Promise of Greater Denver
Family Promise provides shelter, food, transportation and supportive services to families temporarily experiencing homelessness. JUC provides comfortable rooms for up to four families four times a year. We provide homemade meals, transportation for guests back and forth to the day site, opportunities for showers and laundry, and evening activities. We provide a special outing for families on Saturdays. We need 90 volunteers (link to volunteer descriptions) each hosting week. Coordinator: Jack Killough
Family Tree Housing and Family Services
Family Tree helps people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness, and become safe, strong and self-reliant. Our partnership conducts the annual Holiday Gifting Program, providing holiday gifts and food to families. Coordinator: Heather Hagemann
Habitat for Humanity
This partnership works with Jeffco Partners for Interfaith Action, a coalition of faith communities, to build Habitat for Humanity homes. In October we participate in the joint Jeffco Partners Pumpkin Patch fundraisers in Lakewood and Arvada. The partnership will also solicit funds through a special plate. Several days are planned each year for JUCers to help build the homes. Coordinators: Jeff & Paula Menten
The Action Center (formerly The JeffCo Action Center)
The Action Center is the point of contact in Jefferson County for immediate response to the basic human needs of food and clothing. The Action Center’s goal is to give clients a continuum of services to meet their current needs and the means to become self-sufficient. They serve an average of 160 households each day. JUC is a co-founder of the Action Center. Coordinator: Laura Hollingsworth
Heading Home is a collaboration of individuals and public service and faith-based organizations from the community determined to end homelessness in Jefferson County. There are many opportunities to work within this far-reaching program: research, political action, citizen input, and networking in the community. Two JUC members are serving on Heading Home committees. Coordinator: Lu Horner
JUC Knitters, Quilters, and Sewers
Three JUC partnerships with overlapping members have projects that include quilts, blankets, and hats for Family Promise, Denver Health Babies-in-Need program, and duffle bags for the Delores Project, a shelter for homeless women 55 and older. The coordinator can provide specifics as to sizes and materials. Coordinator: Jean Decker