Path to Home is our ministry to people with nowhere to live who are in need of shelter. 

Our next week to serve is in December 2018.

Roles Needed:

+ Overnight Hosts

+ Meal Preparers

+ Evening Hosts

+ Set up and take down crew members

+ Food donations & snacks for the middle of the week

Path To Home Job Descriptions are at the bottom of this page. 

Here is an update on Path to Home at Cambridge Lutheran Church: 

Cambridge Lutheran Church Path to Home Program

Since 2002 our church has partnered with New Pathways to serve local homeless families with children. New Pathways exists to ensure that the homeless population, specifically families with children, have resources, skills, and assistance to thrive.  The two main components of the program are The Day Center and our local churches.  At The Day Center, families receive shelter during the day, case management, skills training, personal care items, computer with internet access, laundry and shower facilities.  Our local churches provide warm hospitality and shelter at night.  The Day Center is open from 8:00 am until 4:45 pm.  The churches host from 5 pm until 7:45 am.  We provide an evening meal, snacks, and breakfast and food items for our guests to make their lunches.  Each Host church hosts families 4 weeks out of year, 7 days at a time.


There are many opportunities to volunteer during the week we host families.  Without volunteers we could not provide this much needed service to these homeless families in our community.  Our church offers many volunteer opportunities.  Our church focuses on “Love God, “Love People and “Do Stuff”.  Path to Home may be an opportunity for you to carry out our church focus. Path to Home has many different capacities in which you could considering volunteering: you could partner with friends or with other members of clubs or organizations your involved with and provide a meal one night for the families, you and your family could be evening hosts one night or help set up and take down the classrooms transformed into bedrooms, you could be an overnight host and set up breakfast in the morning for the families (yes you can wear your jammies in the church J) you could come in one night and do and activity with the families, there is laundry to be done after the families leave and there are food items that need to be donated for the week or if you are more comfortable with making a monetary donation that is great too.  You can find the Path to Home Volunteer Descriptions attached or on a tab. 

You do not have to make a huge commitment to volunteering for this program.  You can volunteer one time in one capacity or you can try out a few different volunteer roles.  Remember we only host 4 weeks out of the year.  You don’t have to be committed to the 4 weeks come volunteer in one area-“give it a test drive” see if it is where God wants you to be volunteering in the church.

Sign up will be made available at the Info desk a few weeks prior to our Hosting week.  Upcoming Hosting weeks listed below.  Sign up also will be available by Sign up Genius. Yes you can sign up on-line and all of your personal information will be private.  Hosting Weeks:

Our 2017 Hosting Schedule

February 12th 2017 through February 19 2017

May 28th 2017 through June 4th 2017

September 10th 2017 through September 17th 2017

December 10th thru December 17th

For more information you may call me at 763-238-6617 o re-mail me at

Path to Home: Volunteer Descriptions

Set up Crew:

Sunday morning Day 1 set up is from 10:15 AM to 1:00PM, or until done.  Unpack New Pathways trailer and set up guest bedrooms.  This volunteer job entails the unloading of mattresses, bed frames and plywood pieces from the trailer.  Classrooms in basement become bedrooms for our guests.

Our basement classrooms are transformed into family bedrooms, complete with beds and other necessary items to make our guests comfortable for the week.  If you are unable to lift, there are other jobs that must be completed during this time, so do not hesitate to volunteer.  Beds need to be made up.  The most guests would be 24.

Set up crew tips and Duties are listed on a clipboard downstairs on a door labeled Supply Closet for Path to Home

Meal Preparers:

Prepare a dinner meal for our guests-allergies and dietary restrictions and head count will be available to you in advance via a phone call.  This meal is so graciously made by you, paid by you and cleaned up by you.  You are welcome to use the kitchen to make your meal, heat up your meal etc. If you could arrive at the church by 4:45-5:00 to set up the dining area.  The Guests usually eat in the fellowship Hall but at times there are conflicts and the guests will eat in the J B Johnson room.  The evening Hosts could also be included in the meal and help you with General Clean up and dish washing. Dinner is at 5:30.   Path to Home dinner drink is usually juice, milk and/or water. You can ask the guests to bring their dishes in and wipe down where they sat or you can choose to do that yourself.  We will also let you know ahead of time, if we know, what the other meal preparers are making during the week just so there could be variety. Sign Confidentiality agreement. Stay until Evening Hosts come at 6:30 PM

Path to Home: Volunteer Descriptions


Evening Hosts: 6:30 PM -9:45 PM

Arrive at church at 6:15 -6:30.  Greet guests.  The primary focus of the evening hosts are to be responsive to the needs of the guests.  You may socialize with the Guest and if you want you could do an activity or play games etc with the guests. You are more than welcome to come at 5:30 and assist the meal crew with set up, dine with the guests and help clean up.

Sign Confidentiality agreement.


Overnight Hosts: 9:30-7:45 am.

Arrive at 9:30pm to meet the Guests before the evening Hosts sign out.  Assist the Guests as needed as they settle in for the night.  Overnight Hosts sleep in their own private quarters at the church and are only awakened in the case of an emergency.  The church building must be locked and secured at 10:00PM.  Guests are responsible for getting themselves up and leaving the church by 7:30-7:45.  This allows them enough time to get ready, have breakfast, make lunches etc. You also help in the kitchen prepping for breakfast; Pulling out toaster, milk, setting out whatever is there for breakfast.  Items should be marked in Fridge.  Have supplies out for guests to make their lunches. A quick cleanup of kitchen after the guest leave for school, work and the Family Center. If you cannot stay until 7:45 please let me know and I will come in whenever you have to leave.

Sign Confidentiality agreement.




Path to Home: Volunteer Descriptions


Volunteer Nurse 1st Sunday of Arrival or following Monday:

This volunteer nurse will meet with each family privately to update their Health Inventory.  Forms are provided and this usually takes anywhere from 1-2 hours. If a new family enters sometime during the week the nurse may be called to come do a quick Health Inventory on the new family.  A health Inventory is completed at each church site.

All health records are maintained in the Black Box that travel to each church. The Black Box has all confidential information and must be locked at all times.

Sign Confidentiality agreement.



Clean-up Crew needed for second Sunday of Path to Home :

The clean-up crew is an early morning crew that arrives at the church by 7:00-7:30 am.  This crew dismantles the guest rooms and transforms them back into the classrooms.  Specific duties involve taking down bed frames, mattresses, plywood pieces and loading them in the trailer so they may be transported to the next church location. All of the bedrooms need to be emptied and set up for classrooms by 9:00 AM.  Other duties include vacuuming, garbage removal and cleaning the guest bathrooms. The confidential Black Box must be put in Trailer.


Laundry Crew:

Responsible for cleaning all the linens and keeping an inventory of linens. Laundry for up to 24 guest beds. Pick up Laundry the second Sunday of Path to Home or the following Monday.  Linens will be downstairs by the Path to Home Supply Closet.  Totes are available to take laundry home or black garabage bags.


Trailer Driver Volunteer needed for second Sunday of Path to Home:

Make sure the Black Box is in the Trailer. Drives the trailer to the next church around 9-9:30 am.