- 3-5 hours per month for approximately 6 months, as you and the family are available
- 18+; pass a background check
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You like getting to meet new people and learn about them, listening well and hearing their story. You’re patient and flexible when things don’t work out quite as you’d expect. You’re comfortable working with people who may be different from you or experiencing a different set of challenges than you’ve faced yourself. This isn’t about providing a service and leaving; it’s more nuanced and subjective than that. You understand each family will have different levels of engagement and needs.
About The Salvation Army Social Services
The Salvation Army supports Kent County residents to meet their urgent food and housing needs, access basic health care, enhance their life skills, and achieve greater stability and well-being. The Salvation Army is an international non-profit Christian organization whose mission is to meet human needs without discrimination; it has been operating in the greater Grand Rapids/Kent County area since 1883.
What Others are Saying
"I liked the idea of helping a family work through their housing crisis to the point where they become self sufficient. Quite honestly, I was a little uneasy about working with a family of a different culture, as I have had little exposure to other cultures. However, I have grown so close to this family that our relationship has continued beyond the term of the program. They have become family to me and I care very deeply for them! For the most part, volunteering with this program really was not challenging at all! It's very rewarding and you get to see the results of your efforts and the difference you make. The best part is developing a long lasting relationship with the family you work with."Deborah
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the The Salvation Army Social Services directly.
What to Expect
Reach out to Lynnel, and she’ll schedule you for a one-hour orientation. You’ll learn how this program fits within a bigger system trying to end homelessness, a family’s journey through the program, and the strengths-based model. There is an additional 30-minute online training about protecting children.
When you first meet a family, you’ll attend an introductory meeting with Salvation Army staff, the caseworker, and the family. You’ll discuss the main goals for the family and set an upcoming time to connect with them. Lynne will stay in touch with you throughout the six months, including another group meeting at the halfway point.