Becoming a Family Friend is a wonderful way to get involved with Safe Families as well as supporting friends or family in your community who are hosting children in crisis. If you are interested in being a Family Friend for someone from your community, follow the training and application steps below. There are both direct and indirect ways to serve as a Family Friend.
Family Friends and Resource Friends encourage and strengthen families in crisis so that they may thrive. Performing small tasks, such as dropping off diapers or babysitting for a few hours, provides families with support and builds relationships. Family Friends and Resource Friends provide support for Host Families or families who are supported by Safe Families for Children.
Some examples of Family Friends include:
provide friendship and encouragement to families in the community in isolation and crisis
respite support for active Host Families
drop off groceries or meals for Host Families
Training for Family Friends and Resource Friends - Understanding Safe Families for Children and how the church can engage in Biblical Hospitality is essential for all volunteers. Training can be accessed through the "SFFC Community Hub" or "Portal": http://safe-families.org/community-hub/. Volunteers will need to register with the training site. Register for "Safe Families Core Training" - enrollment key is "coretraining”
Deeper Training for Family Friends - This on-line training for SFFC volunteers includes Safe Families Family Friend Mentoring and can be accessed through the "SFFC Community Hub" or "Portal": http://safe-families.org/community-hub/. Volunteers will need to register with the training site. Register for ”Family Friend Mentoring without Training” -enrollment key is “familyfriend”.
Volunteer Interest Form
Cell: (503) 906-1027