St. Matthew Disaster Shelter
Mission: In honoring Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves, St. Matthew, as a Shelter Partner with the American Red Cross, will offer portions of our parish campus as a disaster shelter in the event of a large-scale disaster. The St. Matthew Disaster Shelter volunteers are trained and stand ready to minister to the needs of our neighbors who would reside in our shelter.
Volunteer opportunities: Disaster Shelter volunteers attend training and an annual drill so that we are on top of the latest American Red Cross procedures. We have never been called to open our shelter but we are prepared and ready to do so.
We are organized by committees but everyone jumps in to help wherever needed while working in a shelter. Committees include:
___ Registration of shelter residents
___ Childcare while parent(s) make plans to get back to normal
___ Setting up recreation area and activities for teens, adults
___ Setting up play area and activities for children
___ Shift Supervisor
___ Disaster Health (nurse)
___ Disaster Mental Health
___ Dormitory Management
___ Facilities: keeping supplies stocked and keeping everything clean
___ Call Tree - contacting volunteers
___ Coordinating and tracking training of volunteers
Becoming a volunteer:
- Complete all St. Matthew volunteer requirements including attending the Protecting God’s Children workshop.
- Attend Red Cross Partner Training classes (two classes - three hours each) held at St. Matthew.
- Attend the annual drill to practice setting up a shelter at St. Matthew.
To volunteer or ask a question, contact Don Herzhauser, 704-957-5310.
New to volunteering at St. Matthew? Please read our Safe Environment Policy.