Regional Emergency Shelter Team - REST

"Come to me all who are weary and

burdened and I will give you REST."

Matthew 11:28

How You Can Volunteer

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU ON OUR TEAM!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of REST and REST offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit a multitude of personalities, abilities and schedules. If you are interested in volunteering for REST or would like more information, please contact Nick Anderson at [email protected]


Volunteering with REST falls into two general categories:


1. Volunteering directly through REST. This includes helping with the daily operation of the shelter and includes roles such as: 

  • Intake (welcoming, screening and processing guests into the shelter), 
  • Driving (transporting guests to and from the shelter), 
  • Transition (helping with evening operations at the shelter), and 
  • Morning Portal (facilitating breakfast, shower and laundry services for the guests at Hands of Hope). 

These volunteer opportunities include both evening and morning shifts and operate seven days a week; volunteers can choose which shift(s) and day(s) work best for them. REST volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Training and to pass a background check.


2. Volunteering through your church or community group. These volunteers provide the evening meal for shelter guests and volunteers. These volunteers also have the opportunity to interact with the guests through activities such as games, crafts and conversation. These volunteers are not required to attend a Volunteer Training or pass a background check.


If you are interested in volunteering for REST or would like more information, please contact Nick Anderson at [email protected].


Volunteers form the life blood of REST. Without the over 150 individuals that invest their time and provide financial support, REST would not exist. 

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Obviously, this is a marvelous team effort with all doing their part to ensure that our guests are afforded the basic accommodations that many of us take for granted.

Volunteer Openings – Approximate Times

Contact Nick Anderson to Volunteer

1. Morning Portal: 6:15 AM to 8:00 AM.

2. Evening Intake Portal: 5:00 PM to 6:45 PM. .

3. Transition Supervisor: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. 

4. Drivers: AM Shift: 6:00 AM to 7:15 AM / PM Shift: 5:45 PM to 7:15 PM. (Current Drivers License number and Live Scan is required.)

5. Meal Calendar (preparing and serving an evening meal)