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Information for Volunteers

You can help!  To volunteer:

at the Next Door (women's shelter), call Veronique Moore at (269) 349-2119

at the Open Door (men's shelter), call Michael Childress at (269) 345-1431

or, call Rick Stravers at (269) 343-6064



Volunteer Opportunities


Greeting Card Project

Helping with creating cards from a prototype which we hope to offer the cards for sale. Click here for more information.

Person or Group

Cook a meal for women at the Next Door

Dinner for nine.  Home-cooked meals bring our guests together & communicate caring.

Person or Group

House receptionist

Work 2-4 hours monthly between 3 and 10. Meet &  greet guests, answer phone.   Male volunteers at Open Door.  Female volunteers at Next Door.

Person or Couple

Legal Advice & Planned Giving Help

Advise our board on legal issues.  Assist in developing planned giving program and materials.

Attorney and/or Financial Planner

Home repair assistance

Help with plumbing, furnace, appliance, and general home repair at less than market rate. 

Skilled Person Or Group With needed Skills

Snow plowing

Plow service would be a great help at both shelters.

Person with Snow plow

Occasional pick-up and delivery of items too large to fit in a car trunk

Like mattresses, box springs, bookcases, clothes washers, dryers, ranges, etc.   

Person with Truck

Prepare bulk mailings

We mail 5 newsletters and 2 fund appeals each year. Help fold, label, seal, and organize.


Provide professional counseling

From one-time assessments to 6-week sessions for shelter guests as needed.

Licensed Therapist

Provide rental housing

Rent a room or apartment to our guests for 20% of guest’s income. Management support from us.

Persons with rental property

Lawn care at Next Door

The lawn is big.  Volunteer would need their own lawnmower.

Person or Group w/ lawnmower

Organize a fundraiser

To help pay costs for 3,600 nights of shelter a year.

Person or Group

Prepare frozen dinners

Individual frozen entrees for guests to take to work or fix at home. 

Person or Group



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