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Thank you for considering Martin de Porres House of Hospitality as a place to serve others. Here is a description of when we are open and need your help.

Short Video About Volunteering

Breakfast Shifts:

Workers are needed from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 or 8:15 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If someone needs to leave before 8:00, that's o.k, but the more people who can stay for clean-up the better and faster it gets done.

We open the doors to our courtyard and dining room at 5:30 a.m. so our homeless guests can find some refuge from the early morning cold. Many guests sleep at least part of the time that they are here. Bread, milk, and hot, herbal tea are available at 5:30. Various hygiene products are available Tuesday and Thursday also. Oatmeal is served from 6:30 to 7:30 when we close and clean up.
Lunch Shifts:

Workers are needed from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.   If someone can work a whole day, that's ideal. For people who need a shorter day, 9:00 to 1:00, 11:30 to 3:00, or 1:00 to 3:00 are common shifts. Unfortunately, many volunteers need to leave before clean-up is finished. But if eight or ten people can stay until 3:00, they usually finish by 2:45!

Lunch is a hearty soup served from noon to 2:00. Depending on what donations have come in, what time of the month it is, and how many workers are expected that day, we may also serve a salad, or fruit, or...who knows what. Food preparation starts around 9:00. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, prep can start a little earlier because the courtyard opens at 9:00 for guests too. We have showers during those mornings.
Sunday Brunch:
Most Sundays are staffed by church or community organizations, but we generally can plug a few people in. There are a few Sundays when help definitely is needed. A full shift would be from 7:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Guests are welcomed at 8:00, and the meal is served from 9:00 to 10:30. Sundays are extremely busy.
Volunteer Groups:
We welcome small groups of one time volunteers though we can only accommodate up to 4 people at one time. Larger groups can possibly be broken up into different shifts. Call to see what days are available based on the size of existing crews.

Hopefully, this letter clarifies what we offer and when we need help. Please call us at 415-552-0240 to set up a shift. Just ask for a volunteer coordinator. Also, you are welcome to come by when we are open. There are always flowers blooming in Love's Garden, here at Martin's. Be Free.