WHY VOLUNTEER

Our volunteer program significantly impacts our ability to serve families experiencing homelessness in our community. We continually have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. We welcome both regular and one-time volunteers, individuals, and groups, to share your talents and skills. Below are the programs supported by our volunteers and events.

Looking for a group opportunity? Group projects include a variety of activities such as painting houses, landscaping, maintenance, food drives, and hosting activities for some of our reoccurring programs. View the group project tab below for more information.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be at least 15 years old
  • Must be 18 if volunteering in the Community Center
  • Over 18 years of age, individual must obtain an AZ DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card 
  • Complete an ADES Affidavit
  • Commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months, at least 2 shifts per month
  • Be able to volunteer Monday- Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 9am to 1pm

WHERE TO VOLUNTEER

Our Community Center provides after school programming for resident youth, which includes homework help, STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art & mathematics)-based activities, therapeutic activities, and mentoring programs. In addition to regular after school programming, various evening events are hosted during the week throughout the year.

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm during the academic year.

Our Donation Center provides the families we serve with the necessary items to begin again. Families have access to food, clothing, furniture and other household items. All items families “shop” for at the Donation Center is theirs to keep when they move on from House of Refuge. The Donation Center also has a “toy closet” where parents can shop for a child’s birthday.

Volunteers at the Donation Center will sort and organize donated items, clean areas of the Donation Center and assist families and members of the community who are picking up food boxes and other items.

If your organization is interested in hosting a food or clothing drive, please contact us at volunteer@houseofrefuge.org

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Employment & Education Center provides residents with internet access, fax machine, copier and computers. Staff at the EEC plan special classes for residents on a wide variety of topics including financial literacy, parenting, resume building, job readiness, self-care and early literacy. Volunteers can assist with any of our programs in the EEC, assist residents in their job search, resume building and interview skills.

This program utilizes volunteers Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Outreach is a group of men and women who believe strongly in the House of Refuge program and are committed to raising community awareness and funds on its behalf. We are interested in both friend-raising and fundraising for House of Refuge.

We are a small group with big ideas, looking for individuals with willing hands, creative minds, and a little time to donate for a great cause. There are many ways to help on any given project, and you can choose when and how you want to participate. Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Represent House of Refuge at a local Chamber or community event
  • Promote House of Refuge through social media platforms
  • Collaborate in brainstorming ideas for public relations and fundraising
  • Become an ambassador for House of Refuge in your neighborhood and community network
  • Join or chair one of our three committees: Membership, Fundraising/Events, or Community Awareness

And remember that all your efforts will help provide transitional housing and support services for homeless families in need!

Meetings are held at House of Refuge on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. Feel free to join us for a meeting and get to know us a little. We welcome all guests and there is no pressure to join. For more information, email outreach@houseofrefuge.org

We welcome any and all size groups to House of Refuge! Whether you’re part of a church, business, or philanthropic organization, our Community Outreach Coordinator can help plan a group project that will benefit the residents in our community. Some organizations will organize group projects as part of a team building exercise or corporate-wide “day of volunteering.” Projects can be a one-time event or an ongoing, regular project in our community.

We also welcome all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops for community projects, Eagle Scout projects and Bronze, Silver & Gold award projects.

Email our Community Outreach Specialist to begin planning your group project!

Help House of Refuge spread Christmas cheer this holiday season to all of our families. We’re hosting a celebration, “Christmas in the Neighborhood” in December and are in need of toys and other gifts that our families can “shop” for, wrap and give to one another. Please click here to view our Christmas List!

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

Christy Holstad & Mary Frazier
Community Center Volunteers

“I don’t know where to start on how much time and preparation these two plan for when we have Free Arts at the Community Center. They come up with new art projects and teach the youth on how to express themselves through art. I would always hear Christy say that the youth’s art doesn’t have to be perfect because that’s what makes art so great. These two have been with us for two years and I feel that they are part of the House of Refuge family for the hard work they put in. Plus the fact that all the youth call them grandma or aunty. ” 

                                                                                                                                                        -Joshua 
                                                                                                                                                         Community Center Assistant

“Christy and Mary are such wonderful and loving people to our youth. They provide art activities for our kids every Thursday and every week the kids look forward to them coming. They show our youth unconditional love and care. I thank them for all they do for our youth and all of the activities they prepare.”


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Alexis
                                                                                    Community Center Assistant

SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eagle Scout Garrett Clausen organized a LEGO STEM activity at our Community Center
  • Gateway Nazarene Church spent the afternoon with the children in our community doing crafts, playing games and providing lunch
  • Christ’s Church of the Valley helped the children in our community prepare for Halloween by decorating “trick-or-treat” bags and organized a “Trunk or Treat” for them

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

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First, Attend a Tour

Schedule a tour of our community.
Upon completion, we’ll send you a volunteer application.

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Next, Complete the AZ DPS Fingerprint Card

The Department of Public Safety will review your application and notify us when it’s been reviewed.

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Last, Complete Paperwork.

Review our programs. Decide on the areas that align with your interests. Questions? Contact us!

OVER 20 YEARS OF CHANGING LIVES

We invite you to see our community, learn our story and join our mission to change the trajectory of a family’s life forever