Friendship Mentoring Program
Advent’s Friendship Mentoring Program consists of individuals and families who reach out in friendship to our Residential Recovery Program teens on a regular basis. Friendship Mentors are especially important as a way to expose our kids to loving Christian families and to give them an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships outside of the group home. Many of our youth have not had significant adult mentoring relationships – relationships that are proven to have a very significant impact on the outcome of a child’s life. There are many ways to reach out and establish relationships with our teens:
- Prepare a meal together.
- Play cards, board games or sports.
- Lead a Bible study.
- Teach a class.
- Help decorate for the holidays.
- Invite them to your home for the holidays, to a church event, or other events.
- Help guide them in setting life goals from the experiences God has taken you through such as the Christian walk, education, child rearing, or careers.
- Encourage them to accompany you to job sites, colleges, churches, etc.
- Just be a friend to a lonely kid.
For more information contact Abigail Rivera, Residential Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Work Party Volunteer
The environment in which our Residential Recovery Program clients live is an important part of their treatment. Many of our client’s previous experiences with treatment programs have been in environments that were cold, sterile and impersonal. These kids need a warm, comfortable and inviting home while they are seeking recovery – somewhere they feel safe and at ease, both physically and spiritually. Advent is looking for individuals and groups willing to volunteer their time to keep our homes in good repair. Typical work party projects include:
- Painting indoors and / or outdoors
- Landscaping projects
- Building projects (basketball courts, volleyball courts, sheds, etc.)
- Renovation projects
- Deep cleaning
- And many other projects / repairs!It is amazing what can be accomplished in a Saturday afternoon! The time spent to improve our homes gives our kids a better chance at recovery and shows that there truly are people that care about them.
The Adopt-a-Staff program is designed to minister to the needs of Advent staff who live with the teens in our residential recovery homes. It can be a tough job living with, and caring for the needs of, wounded, abused and angry teens in recovery. Many of our counselors come from other states and do not have family or friends in the area to go to for support. They often crave time with adults, or look for quiet places to relax and “get away” on their days off. By adopting a staff member, you help them to better cope with the daily stresses encountered in their often-unpredictable environment – and refreshed staff are better able to serve the hurting teens in our program. There are many to care for our staff. Here are a few ideas:
- Call occasionally to say hello and see how they are doing.
- Pray for them.
- Invite them to join your family for dinner.
- Invite them to holiday celebrations.
- Invite them to church or on a family outing.
- Provide a room for them to use on their days off.
- Open your home as a place to relax on their daily three-hour breaks.
- Send encouraging notes to see them through tough times.
- Send “care packages” – snacks, toiletries, etc.Your support blesses our staff – and makes their Mama happy that someone is looking after them while they are so far away from home!For more information, email us or contact Abigail Rivera, Residential Operations Manager, email@example.com
Host a House Party
The purpose of an Advent House Party is to educate the public on the issues of abuse, neglect and addiction among children and teens, and to encourage people to get involved in the solution. You do not need to be an expert on these issues or our organization’s activities in order to host a house party. Your passion for the children we serve will shine through to your guests and inspire them to get involved in this worthy cause. Our goal is to build a community of resources and support throughout California and beyond. Through these events, we hope to recruit volunteers and mentors, expand our base of financial supporters and raise awareness in the community about Advent’s services. We do not expect you to ask for money from your guests. We only ask that you encourage them to take an informational packet home and consider how they might be able to partner with Advent in the fight against abuse, neglect and addiction. Download our House Party Host Kit! For more information, please contact Abigail Rivera, Residential Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Administrative Assistance Help with filing, data entry, stuffing envelopes, and other miscellaneous office work. Graphic Designer Help us with design work such as brochures, flyers, posters, etc. Have a volunteer idea that is not listed? Let us know! For more information on volunteer opportunities, email us or contact Abigail Rivera, Residential Operations Manager, email@example.com
90 Great Oaks Blvd., Ste. 108
San Jose, CA 95119
Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed on weekends