Safe Families is a volunteer-driven ministry with the goal of keeping kids safe and families intact. They organize vetted and trained volunteers from local churches to offer individualized support for families in crisis. They aim to offer a broad community of support to those in our city who may need assistance and/or have limited resources.
There are a variety of volunteer roles to come alongside overwhelmed families. The roles are flexible and volunteers can offer support according to their skills, interests, and availability.
1. Family Friend- helps parents to increase the stability of their lives, their home environment and their parenting, in order to improve the well-being of their children. They are volunteers who befriend, mentor and support parents through their crisis, helping them get back on their feet and making the home stable for them and their children.
2. Resource Friend- donates and delivers a variety of items (beds, clothes, diapers, etc.) or services (medical care, dental care, counseling, etc.) to families.
3. Family Coach- coordinates the team of volunteers, making sure that the parent, child, and family friends have the resources needed to thrive.
4. Host Family*- temporarily host the children of families in crisis so that the parent can work towards gaining stability.
*Overnight hosting is temporarily suspended in NYC, however, those who are interested in hosting in the future should come to this introductory training.
This training serves as both an introduction to the Safe Families model as well as the required training for the Family Friend role.
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