California, USA

Available Trip Dates: 10/8/20-10/11/20


Thank you for your interest in joining Helping Hands International on our next service project to California, USA!  Below is an  overview of the trip, including important information like costs, dates, and a detailed list of activities.  Please contact us if you have any questions!

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Where are we going?

San Francisco, CA!  This cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California is the 15th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents, as of 2018.  It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles, making it the second most densely populated large U.S. city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is the 12th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States by population, with 4.7 million people, and the 4th-largest by economic output, with GDP of $549 billion in 2018.  However, despite its wealth, there is a large population of homeless.  Helping Hands International has been partnering with YWAM for more than a decade in this area by reaching out to the homeless and strengthening the outreach center in San Francisco. In 2020, we plan to send another team to continue reaching out to homeless and restoring the local YWAM facility (where needed).  If you would like to join us this October, please go to the Trip Registration page and complete an online Interest Form.  We know you will find this trip to be a life changing experience!

How to Register

Click here for the three step Trip Registration process!
Please note, the completed online application and deposit are due three months prior to departure and the final payment is due one month prior to departure.

Trip Details

Cost $50 per person 

Available Trip Dates
  • October 8-11, 2020
Overview of Service Opportunities/Activities
  • Outreach – This service project focuses on serving homeless in the inner city of San Francisco, CA at or around the YWAM facility.  This can include handing out cups of hot coco,  distributing toiletries or food, listening to others, or praying for people.   The trip also focuses on repairing portions of the YWAM facility that require attention so that they can continue serving the  community  throughout the year.  Last year, we installed new lighting, built new doorways, repaired stairs etc.  
  • Fellowship – This trip is unique because this trip normally involves a small group of volunteers who travel to and from San Francisco together and share a special time of fellowship as they work side by side and eat meals with one another.
Typical Schedule

Below is a basic schedule for the week, which we approach with flexibility because our ultimate focus is on relationships; please defer to your Team Leader for any final details!


10 A.M.  –   Meet drivers at Helping Hands International offices. Drivers get vans, load up, pray and head out.

12 P.M.   –   Stop for lunch then head to the border.

5 P.M.     –    Arrive at YWAM base, settle in and eat dinnner.


7:30 A.M. –  Breakfast

8:15 A.M.  –  Breakfast duties, devotions and group meeting.

9:30 A.M.  –  Begin service project

5:30 P.M.   –  Dinner, evening duties, debrief

  9-11 P.M.   –  Homeless outreach


7:30 A.M. –  Breakfast

  8:15 A.M.  –  Breakfast duties, devotions and group meeting.

  9:30 A.M.  –  Begin service project

  5:30 P.M.   –  Dinner, evening duties, debrief

  9-11 P.M.   –  Homeless outreach


7:30 A.M. –  Breakfast

8:15 A.M.  –  Breakfast duties, devotions and group meeting

9:00 A.M.  –  Attend Church

 11:00 A.M.  –  Head home


Lodging and Food
  • Lodging consists of dormitory style buildings, with pretty comfy mattress but, do not forget your pillow and sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by YWAM staff, with the exception of Friday night dinner, when the group goes out to a local restaurant.
Items to Bring
  • Bible
  • Bedding: sleeping bag, pillow, fitted sheet, alarm clock and ear plugs (if a light sleeper) etc.
  • Bath: bath towel, soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, personal items, flip flops for shower etc.
  • Clothes: work clothes, one nice (not dressy) outfit for church, jacket and/or sweater (cold at night), work gloves etc.
  • Shoes: tennis or work shoes are preferred (e.g. no bare feet at any time) etc.
  • Other: camera, hand sanitizer, water bottle etc.
Dress Code
  • No undergarments showing at any time
  • Recommend work pants and t-shirts
  • Jackets and sweatshirts for evening outreach
Health & Vaccination Requirements

Please click here for vaccination requirements and/or recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also suggest you check with your personal health clinic or physician regarding what vaccines or medicines you may require while participating on this service project.  Please note, if you do take prescription medicines, please check with your local pharmacist to ensure the medicines are not considered a controlled substance in the location you are traveling.

Get in Touch

Have general questions or comments you would like to share with Helping  Hands International Staff?  Simply complete this form and an HHI member will contact you shortly!

Helping Hands International

Helping Hands International is a nondenominational Christian Organization dedicated to sending teams throughout the world to bring help and hope to hurting people. Sharing the love of God through practical help is our primary Goal.

Financial Accountability

We adhere to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) Standards and are in the process of obtaining membership. For more information on the ECFA “Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship” Please visit their website at: .

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