God’s Family Dinner COVID-19 Response

The guests who come to God’s Family Dinner each Thursday evening are among our most vulnerable citizens, and we will continue serving them as long as we have resources, volunteers, and legal authority to do so. We are making substantial changes to our procedures to ensure the safety of our guests and volunteers.

 

Volunteer Policies

We ask everyone who is at higher risk for COVID-19 to refrain from volunteering in person. Higher-risk individuals include those who are over 65 or who have underlying health conditions. The great majority of our regular volunteers are retired and at higher risk, so we urgently need new volunteers who are not in the at-risk category.

If you wish to volunteer, please see How to Volunteer below.

Anyone who feels sick or has a fever over 100.4˚ should stay home, even if you have signed up as a volunteer.

 

What You Can Do

If you are not at higher risk for COVID-19 and are willing to help serve the meal, please sign up under How to Volunteer.

Donate online to support this ministry. Be sure to “add special instructions” indicating that the gift is for God’s Family Dinner.

Offer to help pick up supplies or run other errands during the week.

Pray for our guests and volunteers.

 

How to Volunteer

(1) Go to the Care Calendar at http://carecalendar.org

(2) Log on using this information: Calendar ID: 80598, Security Code: 9350

(3) On the calendar, look for the date where you want to volunteer. Needs that have already been filled are in green; unfilled needs appear in red. Click on the need (in red) you would like to fill.

(4) In the “Helper Signup” section, enter your name, affiliation, phone, and email.

(5) Click the Sign Up button.

If you have questions, please contact the coordinator, Arthur Yee, at arturoyee@gmail.com.

 

Procedures

Instead of cooking a hot meal we are distributing boxed meals and bottled drinks to go.

Meals and drinks will be served in the breezeway, with guests entering from the alley and exiting toward San Antonio Street.

A temporary handwashing station will be set up in the alley. Hand sanitizer will also be available.

Guests may use the restrooms in the sanctuary building 2:00-6:00 PM. Guest volunteers will monitor the alley doors to let people in and out.

Volunteers will arrive at 4:30 PM, serve the meal 5:00-6:00 PM, and help clean up afterward.

Volunteers will wash their hands and wear gloves. Volunteers will try to avoid direct contact with guests when handing out boxed meals and drinks. Fresh gloves will be available in case volunteers believe their own gloves have become contaminated.

Volunteer positions:

  • 2 or 3 to serve boxed meals
  • 1 to disinfect surfaces before, during, and after serving
  • 1 to walk the line, explaining the situation to guests and encouraging them to keep at a safe distance from each other

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