How You Can Help

Volunteering at Calvary

 

Here are some way in which you can volunteer your time at Calvary Refuge Center:

  • Provide, cook, and serve dinner for 40-60 people nightly.

  • Provide items to be used daily for lunches for 40-60 people daily.

  • Provide breakfast items (such as meat, eggs, juice, milk, etc.) for 40-60 people. (Breakfast is prepared by the staff).

  • Provide cleaning supplies for bathrooms, kitchen, dining hall, and appliances.

  • Provide shampoo, soap, conditioner, and lotion (in liquid form) to be used in bathroom dispensers.

  • Provide items such as lunch bags, sandwich bags, Zip-lock bags and toilet paper.

  • Provide lawn care.

  • Provide maintenance help with our facilities.

  • Greeters are needed nightly to assist emergency residents from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

  • Answer the telephone.

  • Be available to pick up donations to bring to the Center.

    Please call the office to schedule all volunteer opportunities. 

Recycling

 

A container is located behind the building where you can drop off clothes , purses or shoes . This is a recycling bin and calvary receives funds for the collection.

MARTA Token Program

 

In order to provide transportation for our residents, Calvary Refuge Center needs donations of MARTA passes, or funds designated for this purpose. We use MARTA to transport residents to counseling, parenting classes, child care, and job placement. Also, residents who are employed need MARTA passes to reach their job. Passes can be purchased at any MARTA station, including the one inside of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. In order to donate, Contact Us .

 

Provide a Meal 

 

Remember to Contact Us before providing a meal. If you are providing breakfast, remember that the staff will prepare the meal for you. However, if you are providing lunch or dinner, please note that you will be preparing the meal. Here are some guidelines for items you may want to provide. When you call to confirm, you may want to ask what items are already available for use at the Center. *Remember that you are providing for 35-40 people.

 

Breakfast - 4 gallons of milk, 4 gal. juice, 5 doz. eggs, Large Bag Grits, Oatmeal, Pancakes, Syrup, Canned Biscuits, Cheese Slices (we always have bread for cheese toast).

 

Lunch - Lunch should consist of 2 sandwiches, chips, cookies, and fruit (when available). We suggest PB&J sandwiches. You may also want to include cheese, chips, and snack cakes/cookies. Also, provide sandwich bags.

 

Dinner - Meat and vegetables, drinks.

 

  • The center will provide salad, dinner rolls, desert, plates, cups, napkins, and flatware if you wish. Note, however, that if you select salad that you must provide dressing.

  • We have a commercial kitchen and welcome your group to arrive early to prepare the meal. We share the kitchen with the short-term residents. Dinner for the emergency shelter residents is served at 6:30pm.

  • All clean-up is performed by the residents.

  • Your group should be prepared to leave by around 7:30 PM.

  • Generally at least three people are needed to serve the meal, along with others who will help with food preparation.

 

 

Arrival Procedures

 

When you arrive, go directly to the office and ask for our Executive Director, Tawana Tarno. For more information on Calvary Refuge Center emergency shelter and short-term shelter programs, see About Us.

 

  • The short-term group begins to eat at 4:30pm, and ends at 6:00pm.

  • At 6:05pm, the serving line will be cleared and your group can begin to take items from the kitchen to the serving line.

  • A large metal bowl must be filled with ice from the ice machine in the kitchen.

  • The metal bowl and cups should be placed on the grey cart at the end of the serving line.

  • Check the warmers in the serving line and turn them on if you would like the food placed there to be heated when served.

  • Locate serving spoons.

  • You may also check the kitchen refrigerator for deserts to serve.

  • Place salt and pepper shakers on the serving line.

  • Check to see that plastic-ware and napkins are restocked on the serving line.

  • Begin serving at 6:30 sharp.

  • If you have enough food, please provide seconds.  

  • If there are any extras, we will store them in our walk in cooler to be used on our leftovers night.  

  • Remember, you will need to provide approximately 4 gallons of drink per night.  

  • We welcome the help of children within your family or group organization. 

 

Missions start at home with the family and we believe that Calvary is a great mission field for the entire family. The children can place ice in the cups, pour drinks provided, and help pass out the dessert. Your children are always welcome to play on the playground but we would ask that one adult be outside to supervise at all times. Your child can draw pictures for the clients or decorate lunch bags. Each day we use 30-40 lunch bags and they look so nice when a child has added a drawing. Children might consider making center pieces for the table. We have 9 tables and they look so nice when the children have added art work. These are just a few examples of ways to involve the family in missions at Calvary.