Homes of Hope provides short-term transitional housing for families in the Penn Manor School District who are temporarily displaced. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors to our resident families and to provide for the maintenance and upkeep of the home and surrounding property. Homes of Hope also maintains a furniture bank and needs volunteers willing to pick up and deliver donated items.
Contact: Bruce Heydt
Volunteer Positions: Mentors meet with residents once a week to offer encouragement and help with budgeting and other life skills. Cleaning/Inventory volunteers prepare the house to receive new occupants by tidying up and stocking some basic supplies. Maintenance volunteers make minor repairs to the property as needed. A Furniture coordinator solicits and receives donations of quality used furniture. Fundraisers help organize activities to generate income to cover operating expenses.
Training: A one-day training session is required for mentors. Costs are covered by the outreach committee.
Time Commitment: Mentors work in pairs and meet with the families once each week during their 3-4 month stay in the home. We try to rotate mentors so that each team gets 3 months off after serving a resident family. Cleaning and inventory volunteers are needed for an afternoon or two every 3-4 months when the homes are prepared for a new family. Maintenance workers are called upon as needed.
Equipment Needed: Maintenance workers are encouraged to bring their own tools. We need volunteers with vans or pickup trucks in order to collect donated furniture. No other equipment is required.
To learn more about Penn Manor Homes of Hope, visit http://loveinclancaster.org/communities/penn-manor/