Signing up as a group or individual is easy by clicking here! Once you’ve committed to one or more shifts, we understand that things can come up and you may need to cancel. Please let us know at least 24 hours before your shift so that we are able to find other volunteers to fill your slot(s) by both e-mailing Volunteer Coordinator Maggie Blake or calling her at 313-964-2823 ext. 213.

Dress Code

Please wear comfortable clothes, including long pants and close-toed shoes for your volunteer shift(s). If you are working in the kitchen, you will also need to wear a hat or hairnet, which we will gladly provide for you. Pope Francis Center will also provide any other protective gear and equipment that you may need, including KN95 masks and gloves.

Arrival and Assignments

Please park in the UDM Law School parking lot, located behind Ss. Peter and Paul Church on Larned Street. When you arrive, come to the door of the Center (located near the courtyard between the church and the law school buildings) to check in and receive your parking pass. It is important to arrive promptly when your shift begins at 6:45 am to ensure you have enough time to meet with Harrison Plaskey, our Program Director. He will greet you and assign you to an area or task for the day and give instructions. Anyone arriving late should check in with Pope Francis Center staff in the kitchen for directions to Harrison.


All volunteers should park in the UDM Law School parking lot located on Larned Street. When you arrive, please come in to the Center to check in and receive a parking pass for your car. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maggie at 313-964-2823 x213 or

Interacting with Guests

Pope Francis Center volunteers are key to creating a community of kinship with our guests, reminding them that they are beloved children of God. In visiting with guests, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Interact and talk to guests!
  • Treat everyone politely, with dignity and respect
  • Maintain a non-judgmental attitude
  • Keep sensitive matters confidential
  • Social distance
  • Keep your mask on and politely remind guests to keep theirs on
  • Smile and have fun!
  • Use sexist, racist, homophobic or other offensive language
  • Engage in physical or verbal altercations with guests, volunteers or staff
  • Give guests money
  • Share your personal information

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