Volunteer Opportunities

Joseph’s House and Shelter in downtown Troy offers homes single adults and families with children a warm and safe place to rest, hot nutritious meals, medical care, personal items and laundry facilities. Advocates work with guests to identify housing and services in accordance with goals guests set themselves. We depend on our community to collaborate with us to provide these services.

Our needs are always changing. Please contact Joseph’s House and Shelter to discuss specific opportunities or to schedule a speaker from Joseph’s House and Shelter for your organization.

A Cold-Weather Overflow Shelter

Would you like to help provide people nighttime shelter during the cold months?

Would you be interested in joining members of Troy Downtown-Area Churches and Joseph’s House & Shelter in their efforts to do just that?

Can you spare a few over- nights from November 14, 2016 through April 17, 2017, between the hours of 9:30PM and 7:30AM?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions…contact Janet Douglass, 518-272-2544 jdouglass@josephshousetroy.org Monday through Friday for more information about the “Inn From the Cold”, a volunteer program providing temporary shelter in space supplied by the Downtown  Troy Churches during the cold months of the year.

Winter Walk
Many friends of Joseph’s House participate in our Winter Walk for the Homeless, a walk through downtown Troy that traces the footsteps of the homeless. Walkers recruit pledges and raise thousands of dollars towards the needs of our homeless guests.  The Winter Walk is held on Saturday December 3, 2016.

Donation Drives
Organize a “drive” for items we always need. Toiletries, especially toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant are always in demand (We hand out 1,000 toothbrushes a year!). Disposable diapers, socks for children and adults, and school supplies are also on our wish list. Powdered drink mix (Tang, ice tea, lemonade, etc.) and coffee are very much appreciated.

Weekend Meals
We rely on volunteers to prepare lunch and dinner for approximately 40 people on Saturdays and Sundays. Meals may be prepared in our kitchen or delivered to Joseph’s House. Volunteers have prepared a variety of food, from ethnic dishes to pizza, to family favorites. Consider including:

  • A main entrée such as a soup, a casserole, meat, or pasta…
  • Cooked vegetables and/or a salad…
  • A starch such as potatoes, rice, or rolls…
  • Something sweet for dessert…
  • We provide beverages. Volunteers are always welcome to eat with our guests.

Hospitality Volunteer
Hospitality Volunteers spend time with guests and help with chores that keep the shelter running. We need hospitality volunteers weeknight evenings and all day on weekends. We provide a thorough orientation for Hospitality Volunteers.