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

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How are guests screened for Freezing Nights?

All potential guests are background checked. Freezing Nights maintains a roster of individuals who have applied for services, those who have qualified for services as well as those whose background check has disqualified them. Individuals may not be eligible for Freezing Nights' services if their background check includes convictions for certain criminal behaviors including sexual offenses and violent crimes.  In addition, Freezing Nights may disqualify guests who have been disruptive or do not follow the "Guest Code of Conduct".

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 host?

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

Exactly when will Freezing Nights guests be at LCC?

7:00pm on Mondays through 7:00am on Tuesdays

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 and the security of our property?

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 caffinated 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. We will also offer a small group discussion for guests who are interested.

What is the purpose of Freezing Nights?

Freezing Nights is a Christian ministry that provides food and shelter to the homeless in the Puyallup area during the coldest winter months (November 1 through March 31). Using local church buildings, Freezing Nights cares for homeless guests between the hours of 7:00pm to 7:00am. Volunteers from the host church, and perhaps other churches, offer assistance in the form of food, fellowship, transportation to and from the host church and overnight security.

The purpose of Freezing Nights is to provide two meals and a secure place to sleep out of the weather during November through March.

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 FN.

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, such as when there is not enough food. But Missions and Outreach 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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