Submitted by stfxweb on Sun, 06/23/2019 - 23:06

CAMBA-sponsored Respite Shelter at Old First Reformed Church

For the 9th year, SFX parishioners will be providing meals and overnight presence for the 10-12 men housed at the shelter at Old First Reformed Church during the summer.

CAMBA, a Brooklyn-based non-profit agency that “provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life” (, transports the men to the shelter each evening and provides cots, bedding, towels and toiletries. The men (guests) set up their cots and remove linens, put cots away in the morning.

Various faith communities each volunteer for a week during the summer to “staff” the shelter. Our week is Monday – Friday August 5th – 9th. Volunteer opportunities include either bringing and serving food for dinner or staying overnight.

Volunteer for one night the week of August 5th through 9th!

Dinner volunteers collaborate to provide a nutritious hot meal, set up the buffet, help with serving, set up and clean up. The time commitment, other than the time spent cooking at home is 1 ½ to 2 hours, from 6:00 to 6:30 pm arrival until clean-up is accomplished between 7:30 and 8:00 pm.

Overnight volunteers arrive around 7:00 pm, eat dinner with the other volunteers and guests and then oversee “lights out” around 10:00 pm. Volunteers sleep in a separate space from the shelter guests. Lights go back on at 5:00 am. Overnight volunteers prepare a pot of coffee. CAMBA transportation arrives to pick up the shelter guests between 5:30 and 6:00 am. Once the guests have left, the overnight volunteers go home.

Put your Holiness into action this summer. Remember, Holiness is doing little things….with Faith.

Interested? Call or email Regie Hawkey at