Volunteer - Communities Host Home

Volunteer Opportunity Description


Community Host Home families are caring volunteers living in Northwest Hennepin, Anoka and Suburban Ramsey counties willing to open their homes temporarily to youth in need. The program connects homeless youth to caring adults in their communities who are willing and able to provide a supportive and safe environment. The hosting home will provide basic housing needs while the youth receive ongoing case management help to work on personal goals aiming to become an independent, self-sufficient, community member. Providing a safe and caring supportive system, will enable the youth in need from these communities to become successful members of society.

Volunteer General Responsibilities:

  • Support youth and create welcoming spaces
  • Provide a spare fully constructed bedroom and consistent meals for the youth during their stay
  • Build a caring relationship and create a safe and nurturing space for the youth to grow and learn
  • Create inclusive environment welcoming to all dimensions of diversity including GLBT
  • Some hosts choose (but are not required to):
    • Provide occasional transportation for youth to appointments, work, school, etc.
    • Give youth access to a computer and/or the internet or a TV
    • Provide house chores or yard work to earn allowance

Additional Notes:

This volunteer opportunity represents the primary needs identified at this time but is not intended to be all-inclusive. The volunteer will also be responsible for taking direction from the Family Advocate or Program Manager. It is recommended that hosts are very clear in their communication with youth around any expectations they might have. Explain an unwritten rules or traditions and writing expectations down together is a good tool for this.








Volunteer Qualifications: Required

  • Live in the Northwest Hennepin, Anoka, and suburban Ramsey County areas
  • Provide a spare bedroom with a door and food for the youth during their stay
  • Provide proof of renter’s/homeowner’s insurance
  • Commit to hosting a youth for up to one year
  • Complete Volunteer applications
  • Face-to-face interview and home visit with the Family Advocate
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check (required for all household members ages 16 and older)
  • Reference Checks
  • Signed Code of Conduct and Wavier of Liability
  • Completion of online New Volunteer Orientation (NVO)
  • Successful completion of Host Home volunteer training
  • One-hour monthly meeting with the youth, Youth Case Manager & Family Advocate and communicate regularly with the Family Advocate
  • Abide by the YMCA four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility

Volunteer Qualifications: Preferred

  • Clear and direct communication skills (with youth and case manager)
  • Dedicated to the Y mission and philosophy