Residents of Arlington Life Shelter enjoy three meals a day, 365 days a year. During the week, they have a continental-style breakfast including cereal, fruit, and baked items. On the weekends, they are provided a hot breakfast. Each day when they leave, they take a sack lunch with them, and every night, dinner is here for them when they return.
Each and every one of these meals is provided by food teams from local organizations -- mostly faith-based groups, but a few corporate and civic groups as well.
Food teams commit to a regular schedule, serving on specified days of even or odd months (for example, serving dinner on the first Tuesday of odd months, or providing sack lunches the second Friday of even months.) Some food teams supply multiple meals per month. Some provide meals in both even and odd months. It varies from group to group.
Some important things to keep in mind:
- Food teams serving at the shelter need to be made up of people over the age of 18. This is to protect the privacy of our youngest residents who can sometimes find themselves in difficult situations if they run into other children they know.
- Food teams providing lunches assemble all lunches off-site and deliver ready-to-distribute lunches to the shelter the evening before they will be given out. For teams with young members, this is a great option because there is no age requirement to serve in this way.
- Food teams provide the meal for approximately 80 people, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Food teams serving at the shelter generally need 5 or more people to set up, serve, and clean up. Certainly more are welcome, but it is a good idea to have a minimum of 5 people on site.
- Food team volunteers are allowed to take photographs of each other serving but are not allowed to take photographs of or with residents. This is to protect the privacy and dignity of our residents.
Simple Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
- Complete and download the volunteer application and return it to the shelter for processing via Email, Fax (817) 548-1609, or mailing/dropping by the address listed on application.
- A background check will be conducted on all potential volunteers.
- Once you are approved to volunteer you will be contacted via email about upcoming volunteer opportunities as they arise.
We are blessed to have the following groups currently providing food teams:
We could NEVER do what we do without the generous support of these organizations! THANK YOU!
Mission & Services
To promote self-sufficiency by providing shelter, employment programs, and transitional services for North Texans impacted by homelessness.
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Now more than ever we need your help to continue to fulfill our responsibilities to the men, women and children we serve. We provide keys to success such as food, shelter, health and social services, etc.
To volunteer when the residents are present, volunteers MUST be age 18 or older. This includes food teams serving breakfast or dinner. This is to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of our youngest residents.