History and Purpose

Friends of the Homeless was founded in January 1983 to provide a wide range of services, including housing, to help homeless adults and families move from dependency to self-sufficiency.

Services Provided

Friends of the Homeless, a program of Southeast, Inc., maintains six transitional housing units for families; the Parsons Avenue Apartments for 25 men; an emergency shelter with 130 beds
for men.

Friends provides liaison programs for mental illness, legal consultation, chemical dependency, medical treatment, and a wide variety of employment services.

For 33 years, First Community Church members have been preparing and serving a hot meal to men at the East Main Street shelter each Monday evening throughout the year.

Volunteer Service Opportunities through First Community Church

Individuals and groups are needed to feed the men at their emergency shelter. As a volunteer, you would be part of a team of 15-20 people that would prepare a complete meal for these men.
As a member of this team, you might help purchase and prepare food for the meal (main dish or side). You could also help purchase drinks, fresh fruit or disposable dinnerware. In addition, seven or eight people go to the shelter to serve the dinner. This is a rewarding experience and the men who live in this shelter are always very appreciative of the hot meals that we provide. 

You may also help by donating basic necessities such as linens, towels, toiletries, and furnishings

We currently have a need for volunteers the 3rd and 5th Monday of the month. If you can help or have questions contact  Carol Baker.