One on One
We always need volunteers to work one on one with individuals or couples, to help identify what a path to measurable difference looks like. Everyone has their own "Point A" and "Point B". And each person has different obstacles between those places that they are going to need help getting over and around. Our "one on one" volunteers, aside from building a friendship which is the most important hurdle, will help identify those hurdles, and work with our resources to help clients achieve positive, measurable differences, bringing them closer to their "Point B".
We have a transitional house where we can house up to 5 men at a time. Each resident is required to pay rent, work a steady job, live in community, and remain substance-free during their time in the house. This allows us time to work with individuals who are ready to get off the street and work towards permanent housing. We are looking for mentors for the men in the transitional housing program who are willing to commit to working with them to overcome barriers to long-term housing success.
From November to March, the Continuum of Care providers in Rutherford County provide an emergency (drop in) style shelter when the temperatures are forecast to be 32 degrees or lower. There is a meal provided, along with shower facilities, cot and time for fellowship. Some of the best stories and relationships come out of volunteers spending time playing cards and talking with our guests at either the mens or womens shelter. This is a great way to begin getting plugged in to serving this community. There are opportunities to volunteer, hang out and also to support the program financially.
During the spring/summer months, we partner with Shower Up! We pick up their shower truck and bring it to Murfreesboro to provide showers on Saturdays. We are in need of volunteers to help staff the event every Saturday, as well as volunteers who are willing to bring toiletries in bags and wash towels. The sign-up sheet for Shower Up can be found here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fa4af23a7fb6-shower
Throughout the year we do weekly well being checks on our friends who are experiencing homelessness. We meet as a team at our office every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. for a team meeting before going to local camps. We send small teams to check on individuals throughout the week to meet them where they are at and to build relationships and trust. If you are interested in joining an outreach team, we ask that you be willing to make a commitment to be consistent, as many of our friends need consistency to build trust.
At the Murfreesboro Cold Patrol we believe in empowering people who are experiencing homelessness by exposing them to opportunities they may be unaware of.
In the same manner, we believe in empowering our staff and volunteers with training and guidelines that will help us do our job safely and effectively.
Check in frequently for new training opportunities!
We are always in need of donations. Tents, tarps, sleeping bags, bottles of water, and low-denomination gift cards are year-round needs that can be dropped at our office or we would be happy to meet you and schedule a pick-up. On top of year-round needs, we also accept seasonal items. As we move into the summer months, we are in need of bug spray, underwear, and deodorant. You can call us at 615-434-COLD to schedule a time for us to meet you and pick up donations!