St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
2013 Mission Statement: Each One Reach One
FAQ for Work Teams
Here are some frequently asked questions by work teams:
What are the accommodations like?
Work teams stay in local churches. At St. Matthew's you have access to a kitchen with commercial grade appliances to cook your own meals. There may be more than one work team staying in the same site. At St. Matthew's UMC, teams are housed in our Sunday School classrooms. There is indoor/outdoor carpet on the floors of these rooms. An air mattress or cot would make your stay more comfortable. Men and women sleep in separate rooms. Due to our neighborhood setting, St. Matthew's does not accomodate RV's or campers.
Our kitchen stays in constant use! But it is well equiped and the teams love it!
Showers are in a self contained building not connected to main building but have hot water! In Louisiana weather, the COLD water will feel good after a long work day. There are four shower stalls. Also located in this building are a stackable washer and dryer for your laundry use.
What about food? Are there restaurants or grocery stores open?
We encourage teams to prepare their own meals. You have access to a kitchen with commercial grade appliances. At St. Matthew's UMC, the kitchen is also equipped with a microwave, coffee makers, a commercial size ice maker. Most grocery stores are open until 9:00 p.m. There are several within a mile of St. Matthew's UMC. Restaurants are open.
Is there a charge for housing?
We have begun to ask teams to make a gift to the church that you are staying in to help with utilities. We suggest $5 - $10 a person per night as a minimum.
Is there Internet access for volunteers housed at St. Matthew's UMC?
Yes, we have wireless Internet access. You may contact the church office at 504-888-1155 regarding the username and password.
What about things we can donate? Building supplies? Things people need?
Each home owner supplies the materials needed for the work you are doing. If you wish to donate supplies, the best way you can do this is to bring gift cards (of any dollar amount) from the major retail stores--Home Depot, WalMart, Target, or Lowes. We utilize them to buy materials for work teams as well as pass them along to families with special needs. This is the easiest and most efficient way to help.
How long will work teams be coming to New Orleans?
We are projecting that for a minimum of five years, New Orleans is going to need volunteers to help. The destruction is massive in many ways.
What medical precautions are necessary?
Each volunteer should consult his/her own doctor for medical concerns. Every volunteer should have a tetanus vaccination. When working indoors one must use the dust respirator. Wear long pants to work in and gloves.
Do we only help members of United Methodist churches?
No. Religious affliation is not considered at all in determining who we help.
Will there be time to see the city?
Yes, we want you to do this! Plan one afternoon or morning to go to the French Quarter. We will also want to show you damaged churches and homes that are still in need of repair so that you can become our ambassadors back home.
What are the team's cleaning responsibilities while staying at St. Matthews?
Each team is responsible to clean up after themselves. This includes daily cleaning of bathrooms, showerhouse, and kitchen. We have custodial help but we simply cannot keep up with the traffic of the teams.
We thank you in advance for helping our community recover! May God richly bless you!
For information on city events, restaurants and maps check out the following website: http://www.neworleanscvb.com