We are Founding Members of the TIS Community

UUFE was one of the faith communities that responded to homelessness in our community by supporting the creation of Talbot Interfaith Shelter in 2008.  UUFE members have continued that support as volunteers and donors enable TIS to grow from a seasonal cold weather, overnight shelter with a capacity limited to five guests to a robust year round program that provides shelter, stability and support to both families and individuals facing homelessness.   The TIS goal is to transform lives and families by transitioning our guests from homelessness to sustainable independence.  The process begins within the safe, secure and supportive environment at Easton’s Promise, the TIS resident shelter on Goldsborough Street, continues when guests move into one of 6 TIS-subsidized apartments, and culminates when financial independence is achieved.  

During the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2017, TIS provided shelter and support to 36 people (including 15 children in 8 families) in Easton’s Promise and in TIS subsidized apartments. TIS furnished 3,246 nights of shelter and as many meals at Easton’s Promise, and subsidized 4,015 days of housing in our apartments. We have had 5 families move out of Easton’s Promise to TIS apartments or other stable housing situations. 

Continuing and expanding these services to meet the needs of the mid shore will take continued donations of money and time.   TIS is starting a significant maintenance and improvement program at Easton’s Promise. The Promise will be the best maintained and best looking house on Goldsborough Street. Guests and volunteers have contributed to landscaping and maintenance.  TIS is expanding its leased housing program from 4 apartments to 8 to ensure a path to sustainable independence for our guests.   TIS is expanding its services, recently adding a parenting mentor program.   The continued support by UUFE members as volunteers and donors will enable TIS to expand and increase the ability to transform the lives of its guests.  

UUFE Volunteers at TIS Today

Talbot Interfaith Shelter is embarking on an exciting new endeavor. Since April 2015, TIS has been open 365 days of the year.TIS is looking to get 30 teams to cover one day of the month.  UUFE has agreed to be coordinate a team for the shelter and the 9th day of each month will be our day.Since April, UUFE has been filling the 6 volunteer positions once a month.  If you would like to volunteer, or if you know of anyone that might be interested in volunteering, Todd Cranwell will be coordinating the UUFE volunteer effort and will be available for questions.  Please feel free to call, email or speak with him Sunday mornings.

The 6 shifts will consist of:

  • 2 morning volunteers, 6:45am-10am
  • 1-2 dinner volunteers, 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Provide dinner for 10 people including the volunteers.
  • 2 evening volunteers, 7-11pm.

The morning/evening shifts consist of sitting in the beautiful house possibly chatting/playing board games/watching a movie or reading a book, very low key and warm environment.  Dinner is a little more work but still very low key with the guests at TIS helping with anything that is needed.

For more information and to volunteer, please contact Todd Cranwell.