Rio House

What is Rio House?

Rio House is a safe home for formerly homeless women and their children, offering a healthy environment and loving Christian community to families in need. As a multi-unit transitional housing facility in the Hope South Florida network, Rio House is owned and cared for by Rio Vista Community Church. Led by its Family Support Team volunteers, we officially dedicated Rio House on August 18th, 2012. Hope South Florida is our case management partner, hand-selecting our resident families and working closely with us to provide a wide range of services. Our job is to provide loving community support through the church, as we would for family and friends.

What is the Family Support Team?

The Family Support Team is Rio Vista’s community of volunteers committed to serving the homeless and hurting by meeting the needs of Rio House and Hope South Florida, a Christian non-profit organization addressing poverty in our city. There are many aspects of Family Support Team service, ranging from building construction to family mentoring, from interior design to facilitating classes and workshops. Whatever your interests, our Family Support Team helps volunteers use their abilities to impact families in need.

Donations

The Family Support Team is Rio Vista’s community of volunteers committed to serving the homeless and hurting by meeting the needs of Rio House and Hope South Florida, a Christian non-profit organization addressing poverty in our city. There are many aspects of Family Support Team service, ranging from building construction to family mentoring, from interior design to facilitating classes and workshops. Whatever your interests, our Family Support Team helps volunteers use their abilities to impact families in need.

Rio House Ministry Opportunities

We encourage everyone to consider joining the Family Support Team community and offer up your time, passions, skills, and talents to volunteer service. Our Family Support Team has launched three unique ministry groups, each dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless families in a specific way. Please reach out to learn more and sign-up where you’re most passionate!

MINISTRY GROUPS:

Family Support

First and foremost, the Lord has called us to provide loving community to homeless families in need. The critical Family Support group is focused on building this community for Rio House families through personal outreach and support efforts. The wide array of service needs for the families include:

  • Facilitating group activities
  • Organizing play dates
  • Inviting to church activities
  • Providing transportation and childcare
  • Educational tutoring for the children.

Contact: Scott Carson, scott@riovistachurch.com

Mentoring

By teaching practical skills and sharing personal or professional expertise, we can help Hope South Florida families lay a foundation for long-term success. The Family Support Team is building a Learning Workshop program that will cover a wide range of essential topics, which we’ll offer to formerly homeless families including those in Rio House. Please consider assisting with any of the following workshops you feel well suited for:

  • Financial literacy/budgeting
  • Career search/preparation
  • Health advocacy/wellness
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Culinary/cooking
  • Computer skills
  • Nutrition
  • Legal Assessments
  • Parenting Skills
  • Auto Repair

Contact: Scott Carson, scott@riovistachurch.com

Rio House Facility Upkeep

We’re passionate about making sure Rio House is always a safe, beautiful, and functioning home for our families, a refuge from worldly stresses as families take steps forward in life. Become a part of this ministry team and help with the ongoing needs of Rio House upkeep, including structural maintenance, landscaping, fencing, cleaning, decorating, and furnishing units. This group also takes the lead on exciting projects like building a community patio and a playground for the children.

Contact: Scott Carson, scott@riovistachurch.com

Your First Step

Your first step in getting involved with the Family Support Team is to complete a volunteer profile. This will enter you into our database and on our mailing list for periodic updates as opportunities to help arise. Thank you for wanting to help Rio House!