Below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding Freezing Nights at Lighthouse.

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Will Freezing Nights follow COVID protocols?

Freezing Nights at LCC will adhere to the current COVID-19 regulations and the guidance of the LCC leadership. Currently, volunteers and guests are required to wear a mask except when they are seated for a meal.

How are guests screened for Freezing Nights?

Guests will not preregister for dinner and background checks will not be done. This follows the practice of other churches and service providers who have offered similar meal programs. Guests at Lighthouse will be expected to follow the “Guest Code of Conduct”. Guests who are belligerent or disruptive will not be allowed to participate.

What is Freezing Night's relationship to New Hope?

Freezing Nights and New Hope are independent organizations. Both are part of Homeward Bound In Puyallup which is a 501(C)(3) organization under the IRS code.

What are the requirements to be a Freezing Nights volunteer?

• Complete a Freezing Nights volunteer application.
• Agree to the volunteer code of conduct.

Lighthouse requires background checks for all volunteers. If you have not had a Lighthouse background check in the past two years, you will receive an email with instructions to complete the process.

Exactly when will Freezing Nights guests be at LCC?

We expect guests to begin arriving about 6:00pm and be out of the building by 9:00pm.

Can I volunteer with my children?

Youth up to 14 may participate with a parent on site.

Is there an age requirement to be a Freezing Nights volunteer?

Youth up to 14 may participate with a parent on site. Youth 14 to 17 must have parental permission (LCC permission is ok).

How will we ensure the safety of guests and hosts?

LCC will have a Freezing Nights security team responsible for safety and security. At least one member of the security team will be on site whenever guests are present.

What kind of food will be served to our guests?

Best to serve 'comfort' foods, easy to serve, not too spicy (bland is best). No caffeinated beverages in the evening.

According to our guests last season, the food served by LCC was exceptional!

How will we address the spiritual needs of our guests?

Individual hosts may discuss spiritual matters if a guest is interested.

What is the purpose of Freezing Nights?

Freezing Nights is a Christian ministry that provides food and shelter to homeless people in the Puyallup area during the coldest winter months (November 1 - March 31). This winter, local churches will offer dinner, a time out of the weather, and fellowship to unsheltered neighbors in the evening. Guests will not be housed overnight. Lighthouse is privileged to be a part of this ministry that aligns with several of our Core Values: community transformation, grace-filled relationships, hands-on ministry, and faithfulness with God's resources. Everything we are blessed with in this life comes from God. We desire to share our time and resources to reach those in need.

Do I need a special license to drive a van?

No. A valid Washington driver's license is all that is required.

May our guests bring their support animals to Freezing Nights?

Support animals are allowed and must be under the guests control at all times (on leash or in carrier).

Does Freezing Nights refer guests to social services they might need?

No. New Hope and other organizations in Puyallup are available to guests. Hosts may encourage guests to follow up on their own.

Will LCC offer support to meet the needs of a Freezing Nights guest as part of the Benevolence program?

No. Freezing Nights is not a part of the LCC Benevolence program. Freezing Nights guests may receive assistance by applying through the LCC Benevolence program.

May a host offer a personal donation to a guest?

Absolutely not. Hosts must not offer money, rides, or any other assistance beyond what is part of Freezing Nights.

Does Lighthouse financially support Freezing Nights or New Hope with funds from my tithe to Missions?

No. No financial support is given on a regular basis to either. Funds may be used from the Outreach budget for emergencies. In 2021, Lighthouse donated funds to repair two of the Freezing Nights vans. Missions funds are allocated only to those partnerships already agreed upon and published by the Missions Board.

Are guests free to mingle in the parking lot, enter the main building or walk around outside after they have arrived and are checked in?

Guests are limited to the gym in Building 2 and do not have access to other sections of the building or the main building. The entrance to Building 2 along with a portion of the parking lot will be marked off for socializing. We will have a designated smoking area as well.

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