Home Away From Home
A Week of Hope can hold up to 100 participants and we house them all typically at a local church. Our staff transforms the facility into a home away from home–there will be a separate boy’s hall and girl’s hall, a space for meals, adequate bathrooms and showers, and a space for the programs.
Participants need to bring air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows and other bedding to sleep on floors. Youth groups are assigned to sleeping rooms together, gender separate. Sleeping rooms may be shared with other youth groups, depending on the size of groups and the size of the room.
It's Not a 5-Star Hotel
Air-conditioning: Each location is different, but typically there is NOT air-conditioning. We serve where we are needed and in some areas, churches just can’t afford air-conditioning. Even if your lodging facility does have AC, it's a good idea to still plan on bringing fans as a back up. They are nice for white noise in a crowded sleeping area!
Showers: Often our church facilities do not have adequate indoor showers. We will always ensure showers are available, and they will always be separated by gender, but we do need to get creative in some locations. Showers may be a combination of inside showers, outside showers, and/or showers at a nearby school, YMCA, or an organization that we are serving at. Please remember to bring swimsuits so you are ready for any situation!
For safety, we do have separate shower times for those that are 17 and younger from those that are 18 and older.
Internet: It is rare that our lodging facilities have internet access, but most coffee shops and popular restaurants have free wifi if there are some nearby.
Remind everyone in your group that they are coming to the community as servants and to demonstrate Jesus’ love! They should be ready to forgo certain luxuries like private, hot showers and air-conditioning for the short time of camp.
Your Lodging Facility
Your Trip Leader has access to your specific lodging facility and details. The church you'll be staying at does have showers--there are 4 individual showers per gender in the basement of the facility. The program space has air-conditioning, and some of the sleeping rooms have a window AC unit--but others do not, so bring your fans so you are prepared! Staff will lock up the facility every evening.