apartment set-up (ASU)

If volunteers are participating in a Good Neighbor team, we encourage them to form an Apartment Set-Up (ASU) Team as soon as possible. It is important for these individuals to have a varying amount of availability/flexibility in their schedules to jump in to complete an ASU. These individuals will participate in the ASU once Welcome Kits and Furniture Items have been collected and only if the family’s apartment will be available for move in before their arrival.  


Things to keep in mind for good neighbor teams

  • If WRS was unable to secure an apartment before the family’s arrival, the ASU will be overseen by WRS staff using the items gathered by the team. 

  • The reason behind allowing GNTs to assist with the ASU only if we have keys in advance is due to the urgency required to move a family into their apartment. Oftentimes, a family whose apartment was not available before their arrival is living in a temporary situation, either with a WRS Host Home volunteer, their US Tie or in a hotel and WRS needs to act quickly to move them into their permanent housing. 

  • In this scenario, working with the team to coordinate a date/time that individuals would be available to complete the ASU on such short notice can delay a family moving into their first home.

  • However, ASU Teams can participate in the ASU when an apartment is available before the family arrives to Sacramento.

  • In this case, ASU Teams will work alongside WRS staff to coordinate the details. Teams can use their vehicles to move items into the apartment with more flexibility.

  • If GNTs have collected large furniture items and require assistance to move these items into the apartment, the ASU Team will need to notify WRS and they will be connected with our Donations Coordinator to schedule a pick up of items. Please inform the Volunteer Coordinator if this assistance will be necessary at least 5 days in advance! Large donations can also be stored in the WRS Donations Warehouse a week before the family’s arrival.

  • These are guidelines for what typically occurs. The exact details of your partnered family’s ASU will always be communicated to you in advance.

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