St. Andrew's Family Shelter

St. Andrew's Family Shelter

The Next Hosting Week:  July 21-27

St. Andrew's Family Shelter serves families in Washington County who might otherwise be homeless.  Families are actively working with the Community Resource Center at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church to find employment and affordable housing.  Area churches take turns providing dinner for the families, as well as staffing the shelter.

Watch a video about the Shelter.

Volunteer Opportunities during the hosting week:
Provide Dinner (1 needed Sunday - Saturday; Provide a meal by dropping prepared dinner off in a cooler outside the house door.  The number of current families and any food allergies will be available to you before you plan your shopping list.)
Dinner Shift (Sign up with a buddy or be paired with one 5-8pm Sunday - Saturday)
Overnight Shift (Sign up with a buddy/roommate or be paired with one 8pm-9am Sunday - Saturday; if someone signs up to serve breakfast, you can leave at 7am)
Morning Shift (1 needed 7am-9am Monday - Friday so the overnight volunteers can make it to work on time)

St. Andrew's is not requiring volunteers or staff to be vaccinated but your buddy may feel comfortable only volunteering with someone who has been vaccinated for Covid-19.  Be prepared to share your vaccination status with your (potential) buddy.  

Anyone volunteering at the Shelter needs to be up-to-date in their Safe Environment Training.  This means you need to have a current (within the last three years) background check, Virtus training and Code of Conduct.  Check your status at or by contacting Susie Irlbeck at  St. Andrew's also asks that you watch this short video on boundaries.

Click here for the link to sign up to volunteer for July 21-27.

If you need a buddy or have any questions, contact Julie at

Upcoming hosting weeks in 2024 for The Church of St. Genevieve:  July 21-27, September 29-October 5, November 17-23

Another way to help-
You many send Costco, Sam's Club or Wal-Mart gift cards to St. Andrew's Community Resource Center.  Gift Cards are used to purchase necessary items for the resource center and/or given to families in need. Be sure to designate if your intention is that your gift be used strictly for the purchase of items for the Hugo Shelter.
St. Andrew's Community Resource Center
900 Stillwater Road
Mahtomedi, MN  55115


It takes about $8,200 a month to operate and staff the shelter.  Support the shelter financially by donating through our online giving

Read past updates about St. Andrew's Family Shelter:

December 2023 flyer
September 2023 flyer
ember 17, 2019 flyer



Read about the History of St. Andrew's Family Shelter:
June 14, 2018 article in the Pioneer Press