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GWOH 2023: Weekend service & fellowship opportunities

Saturday, Sept. 9

8 AM – 1 PM Deliver furniture with ALIVE

Between 10:30 AM & 4 PM Volunteer for Guest House’s Friends & Family Day

Sunday, Sept. 10

7 - 9 AM Service project at Carpenter’s Shelter

10 - 11 AM Unity worship service

11 - 11:30 AM Brunch & fellowship

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Service projects at GSLC

  • Make toys for shelter animals
  • Pack welcome kits
  • Tie fleece graduation blankets
  • Write notes to accompany the kits and blankets
  • Prep a Guest House meal
  • Clean ALIVE’s furniture truck

1:30 - 2 PM Ice cream social

Get details below and join us!

a project that fits your interests, skills and schedule—sign up to worship, eat, volunteer and/or donate. All are welcome; invite a friend or neighbor to join you.

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Now - Sunday, Sept. 10

Provide Welcome Kit Items

If you can contribute ahead of time, check out what's needed for the welcome kits and signup.

Drop off at Good Shepherd (look for the GWOH table)


Order online and ship to church:

c/o GWOH Project

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 W. Luray Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

Phone: 703-548-8608

Shopping list

  • Laundry hamper
  • Shampoo*
  • Conditioner*
  • Body wash*
  • Shower puff
  • Razors
  • Washcloths
  • Towels
  • Lotion*
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb/Brush*
  • Hair ties*
  • Deodorant

*Also consider brands like Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Olive, Palmers, SheaMoisture or similar.

Saturday, Sept. 9

Service Projects

  • Everything must be tested – 2 children on a new and just delivered mattress

    Deliver furniture with ALIVE

    8 AM – 1 PM Saturday

    Help transform an empty apartment into a cozy home! A team of 4 to 6 people will pick up donated furniture and deliver it to families who need it.

    Volunteer leader: Nancy Lopez. Email Nancy or call her at 202-297-6220


  • Five Guest House residents and loved ones pose for a photo with a social media frame and summer-themed props. Grass, trees and sidewalk behind them

    Volunteer for Guest House

    Between 10:30 AM & 4 PM Saturday

    Help prepare for and/or participate in Friends and Family Day, a time for Guest House residents to gather for fun and connection with their loved ones. Opportunities include:

    • Set up
    • Participating in activities with children
    • Clean up

    Volunteer leader: Amy Hadley. Email Amy


  • Sunday, Sept. 10

    Service Projects

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  • A view of the Carpenter’s Shelter kitchen showing a stainless steal prep counter, stove and double oven

    Cook a Carpenter’s Shelter meal

    7 - 9 AM Sunday

    Help prepare and serve breakfast for families and adults at Carpenter’s Shelter.

    Volunteer leader: Amy Hadley. Email Amy


  • A brown and black cat with white paws, whiskers and green eyes looks up at the camera

    Make Make toys for shelter animals

    During Sunday School time and/or 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Sunday

    Have fun making some fun for the animals at Alexandria Animal Shelter.

    Note: Children who wish to participate in this project during Sunday School time will be dismissed from the unity service after the children’s message to go downstairs with the adult project leaders. They can continue working on the project after brunch if they’d like, and new folks are welcome to join in too.

    Volunteer leaders: Makayla Patrick & Amy Hadley. Email Amy


  • Personal care kit supplies - soap, lotion, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste lying on a green towel and washcloth

    Pack Welcome Kits

    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Sunday

    Join us to package kits of personal care items for women transitioning from incarceration to the Guest House residential program.

    We’ll also write notes to accompany the kits (could be done virtually).

    Volunteer leader: Lori Strauss. Email Lori


  • A young person wearing a gold, GWOH t-shirt stands next to a fleece blanket

    Tie Fleece Blankets


    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Sunday

    Help to tie graduation blankets for Guest House graduates when they complete their program. No sewing is required. It's easy and fun to do! You can also sign-up to take a quilt kit to complete at home.

    What are graduation blankets?

    Friends of Guest House holds a graduation ceremony, often at Good Shepherd, for women completing the residential program. During the ceremony, each woman is given a blanket hand tied by GSLC members and friends. The blanket is a source of comfort, homecoming, warmth, and an expression of God's love.

    We’ll also write notes to accompany the blankets (could be done virtually).

    Volunteer leader: Denise Gray. Email Denise


  • Tater tot casserole, fresh fruit, green salad, jello salad and chocolate chips in aluminum containers for delivery

    Prep a Guest House meal

    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Sunday

    Help prep a meal that we’ll deliver 2-blocks to Guest House. The women will cook/bake and enjoy this gift of daily bread at their convenience.

    We’ll also write notes to accompany the kits (could be done virtually).

    Volunteer leader: Denise Gray. Email Denise


  • Four guys of varying ages stand in front of the ALIVE furniture delivery truck Clean ALIVE’s furniture truck


    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Sunday

    Part of delivering furniture that’s clean and in good condition includes maintaining the delivery truck! Help clean out and wash ALIVE’s furniture truck to support this ministry of caring and welcome.

    Volunteer leader: Nancy Lopez. Email Nancy or call her at 202-297-6220.