Disaster Shelter


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

___ Communications

___ 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

___ Security

___ 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:

  1. Complete all St. Matthew volunteer requirements including attending the Protecting God’s Children workshop.
  2. Attend Red Cross Partner Training classes (two classes - three hours each) held at St. Matthew.
  3. 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.