Considering a volunteer position at Reception House, but want some exposure to the families that we serve before you make a longer term commitment? This is a great place to start. Let us know what programs you are interested in, and our staff will come prepared to share information and answer questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where do Community Dinners take place?
Community dinners take place once a month typically on Thursdays at our location at 101 David St.. Typically volunteers arrive at 6pm, dinner is served at 6:30pm, and clean-up is complete by 8:30pm. Other arrangements can be made by request.
Can my workplace or a corporate group prepare a meal?
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring a group of coworkers or friends. Due to space limitations, we ask that the meal host group be no larger than 10 people.
What types of dietary restrictions should I consider?
We recommend always buying halal meat and avoiding pork. You can also choose to prepare a vegetarian meal.
Kishki World Foods on Highland Road, Ammar Halal Meats on Lancaster St West, and most M&M meat shops sell halal food. You can also find Halal food in your local grocery store.
We also recommend keeping all sauces, gravys and strong seasonings on the side so that guests can decide whether or not they want to add them. Plain dishes with optional add-ons are the best bet for the diversity of pallets. Having an ingredients list can be helpful to avoid allergies, or confusion around dietary restrictions.
Can I prepare the meal at Reception House?
No. It is preferable to come with a prepared meal. If additional prep is needed, you will have access to two ovens, a refrigerator and a freezer and basic kitchen supplies, but they may not meet your specific meal needs.
Can my family prepare a meal?
Can I volunteer to cook meals every month?
When should I call Reception House to confirm how many people will be at the meal?
The Monday prior to the dinner OR 4 days in advance of the dinner. Reception House receives newcomers on a rotating basis. At any given time there may be between 2 and 35 people living in the house.