To Our House (TOH) is an interfaith and community services volunteer organization, serving single, homeless men in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia.
The organization has provided 3,890 total bed nights for single men since the program inception in 2010. There have been a total of 11,670 meals offered to guests, and a total of 135 guests served over the past four shelter seasons.
Volunteer and community support is an integral part of the success of To Our House. There are over 60 organizations throughout the New River Valley involved, with close to 1,300 volunteers engaged each shelter season.
The community support and dedication to TOH is phenomenal. As planning is well underway for the fifth shelter season in November 2014, the group is excited to engage the community while providing the basic needs of shelter and food to homeless men of the New River Valley. Check back for updates!
The 2011-2012 To Our House (TOH) season got under way after months of preparation and gathering volunteers. Each new week began with cots and boxes of supplies being transported to the next site, volunteers setting up the cots, putting sheets, handcrafted quilts made by the Blacksburg Quilt Guild and pillows on them.
Throughout each week, there were dozens of volunteers preparing and serving meals, staying overnight, washing towels and washcloths, making last-minute runs to the grocery store.
Each night brought transportation, meals, hot showers (when available), card games, movies and conversations. The men talked about life, frustrations about finding jobs and about family members they are not in touch with anymore.
Some talked about their childhood and being rejected. As the week went on, there were more conversations about life, about family who’ve disowned them, what it is like to be homeless, wanting to fit in, growing up in foster care, being in jail, being in a psychiatric hospital -read the full newsletter