Become a Volunteer
There are opportunities for those who wish to volunteer time and talent at each of our program locations. Whether you would like to help a student complete his class work, help with special events at one of our locations or help out in one of our offices, chances are we have just the job for you.
Please consider carefully what you would like to do, how often and how long you think you can help and then contact our Human Resources Department at 517-423-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WAYS YOU CAN VOLUNTEER
- Praying for specific needs
- Providing temporary care for infants while birth parents make their final decision
- Planning and working at fundraising events
- Transporting clients
- Assisting with ongoing clerical tasks in our office
- Raising money for Holy Cross Children’s Services
- Researching community resources for families in need
- Educating your church and community about Holy Cross Children’s Services
- Sharing your Holy Cross story
Open Your Home & Your Life
Hundreds of children in foster care throughout Michigan need the stability of a safe and loving home. They are in dire need of caring parents to nurture and guide them. Many of these children don’t know what it’s like to have healthy meals every day, a warm bed to sleep in, clean clothes to wear, or have never experienced someone to help them with their homework, cheer for them at an event, or encourage them to keep trying and learning. These children have been abused, neglected and abandoned by those they loved and trusted the most. If you have compassion and love to give to hurting children and a safe, loving home, then you already possess what they need most. YOU! With love, support, encouragement, stability and parental consistency… you never know who they could become!
As a foster parent for Holy Cross Children’s Services, we will provide you with free ongoing training to enhance your parenting skills, 24 hour support from a trained Permanency Worker and a financial stipend to help meet the needs of the children in your care (clothing, health care, food, extra-curricular activities, etc.).
Supervised Independent Living Program
Many adolescents have no where to go. They have no one who wonders where they are or how they are doing. They have no one to help them through the every day challenges of adolescents.
We need people who would be willing to be “home providers”. A home provider rents a room of their home to one of our teens, develops a contract of expectation with the teen, is a positive role model, and provides two meals a day. The teen receives a stipend each month that covers the cost of rent, clothing, one meal a day and other personal needs. The rent for the month is part of their budgeted expenses. Home providers also receive assistance from the Holy Cross caseworkers if problems arise.
The HCCS Supervised Independent Living Program provides older adolescents with the a necessary support system during this transitional phase of their life. Our especially trained workers act as life coaches helping the youth develop a legal and independent life style. They work alongside the youth, helping them find a home-provider or an apartment, teaching them life skills and helping them enroll in school or find employment. As they experience success, the youth develop self-reliance and self-esteem. If you are interested in becoming a home provider, please contact one of our four SIL offices.
You Have Something To Offer – Yourself!
If you would like to help a boy or girl through that difficult transition from child to adult, but are unable to bring them into your home, consider becoming a Life Coach Mentor. Our mentoring program is based on the simple premise that each child we serve should be regarded as our own. We believe we should do all we can to help them succeed in spite of their past actions. Mentors work with our youth while they are in placement and as they journey back into the community, helping them succeed in school, learn work skills, obtain employment, go to college and contribute to their communities.
The mentoring program has been developed and is supervised by our Pastoral Services department. For the safety of the youth, individuals desiring to become mentors must successfully complete a background check as prescribed by the Michigan Department of Human Services and attend Holy Cross Children Services Mentor training. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Pastoral Services 517-423-7667 or email@example.com
Where The Rubber Hits The Road!
HCCS has Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Criminal Justice and other professional degree program students and interns complete field placements at our various programs across the state. We work with many of our state’s finest universities and colleges to provide experience in providing human services, through applied training and supervision.
Persons involved in such programs of higher learning are encouraged to contact us, or talk to your college or university about these opportunities at HCCS.
We have strong convictions at Holy Cross that Every Child deserves a Family.
We partner with churches to find families for children in need, keep children with their families, and provide temporary care for those in uncertain times.
Please contact Holy Cross Children’s Services’ office closest to you to discuss how Holy Cross can partner with your church to make sure children are in families.