Family Shelter Ministry

What is the Family Shelter Ministry?
The Family Shelter Ministry works with Family Promise of Bergen County to provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment for families with children who are homeless.

St. Peter’s is the hosting parish and is supported by St. Joe’s in Oradell, Temple Avodat Shalom and First Congregational Church in River Edge.

Families are hosted 3 separate weeks during the calendar year and arrive on a Sunday evening at 5 pm and leave the following Sunday after breakfast at 7:30 am.

Each congregation (St. Peter’s, St. Joe’s, Temple Avodat Shalom & First Congregational) is responsible for overseeing 1-2 days during the week to provide meals, family entertainment and overnight hosting.  Families leave St. Peter’s at 6 am each day and arrive back at 6 pm in the evening.  They have dinner, prepare their lunch for the next day and sleep overnight in the Parish Center.

What is the time commitment?
Volunteers are needed in many different ways:

  • Meal preparation; cooking, serving, clean up
  • Facility preparation; set-up of the Parish Center kitchen and the four Parish Center rooms; moving of storage items to the Parish Center; and break-down of the Parish Center at the end of the week.
  • Volunteers (2 each night) are needed to sleep overnight one night to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the families
  • Volunteers are needed to provide family entertainment for the children from 7:30-9:00 and can include playing games, crafts, movies, etc.

Who can participate in this ministry?
In addition to adult volunteers, confirmation candidates are encouraged to participate in this ministry for evening entertainment (7:30-9:00 pm), serving dinner (6:30-7:30 pm).  Additionally, set up and breakdown of facilities is open to all parishioners.


For an informative video on how volunteers are making a difference, please visit the Bergen Family Promise page below.

Kathy Nugent
(201) 986-0922

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