The Rewards of Hosting

Hosts feel enriched by the experience and find great satisfaction for having helped.

MD, El Cerrito

I am a former research scientist for the state with extra rooms in my home. I want to be helpful and sharing my home is a way I can do that. My first guests were an extended family of four who left after 3 weeks upon finding longer term housing. I hosted two others since,…

TB, El Cerrito

My first Safe Time guests were Nikkii and son Demareau, age 5. They are both delightful, full of spirit, and inquisitive about everything.  I received a very nice thank-you note from them, though the pleasure was mine. Often people just need  a break.  I have space in my home and want to contribute.  It isn’t…

TB, El Cerrito

My second Safe Time guest was a UC Berkeley student who would not have been able to afford to attend the college orientation – his housing contract was not available until afterwards. He stayed with me for two weeks and was quiet, respectful and so very appreciative.  He left early each morning and returned after…

TB, El Cerrito

My third Safe Time guest was Julie, 65 , who moved from another Safe Time host as her room was needed for a visiting parent.  She has been a volunteer in schools and nonprofits. We talked a lot and have become friends. Her 3 weeks with me have been just what she needed to regroup and…

L&G, Kensington

We volunteered to be Safe Time hosts because we have a spare room and sharing it seemed like an ideal way to make a community contribution given our busy lives (we are married professionals with two children in elementary school). Also, we thought it would be a good experience for our children. Julie, 65, lost her low-cost housing…

LB, Berkeley

I grieve for the homeless and now have found a way to help prevent it. The Safe Time process to identify and approve a potential guest was well organized and comforting. Celeste, 55, was barely eking by with a part time job, only able to afford unsafe residences. It has been a delight to see her begin to…

RB, Walnut Creek

My wife and I have taken in a number of needy individuals. One was a 77 year old woman who lost her low-rent accommodations and needed time to arrange her affairs to be able to live on her social security. Another was a gentleman with alcohol abuse who needed a place to stay while completing…

RH, Walnut Creek, CA

I have taken in many folks referred by St. Paul’s Church into my 2-bedroom condominium since I retired as a chemical engineer. I offer one of my rooms and I also have two couches. I currently have a young man who is getting medical treatment at the county hospital. Recently I took in a woman…

Excerpted from Reddit.com

I regularly host singles (mostly men) and couples in my home, referred from community agencies, from one to three at a time. I do it to pay back all the generosity I have benefited from in my life. I carefully interview folks before accepting them, and every guest has been appreciative. The typical stay has…

GC, Huffington Post

I took in Emerald after meeting with her at a local coffee shop and learning she was employed but living in a friend’s storage unit, sleeping on a cold concrete floor. I was apprehensive at first but after speaking with her I had a good feeling she was responsible and safe. We spent a lot…