Outline of volunteer responsibilities
Here’s an outline of volunteer responsibilities for shelter. Notice especially that visiting hours are from 9am–5pm Mon–Fri.
- Shelter Intranet
- obtain list of guests screened for your volunteer shift
- review special notes or updates needed to keep the shelter secure
- schedule & on call staff
- Pre-shift check-in
- speak to staff or greeters
- status of guests?
- notes on the intranet
- Screened Entry
- doors closed and locked at all times
- welcome guests on shelter list only
- on intranet
- visitors (9am–5pm M–F)
- note arrival time
- add to approved visitor list
- service providers
- child support
- law enforcement
- did we call them?
- food pantry
- Answering the phone
- screening a family
- where did you sleep last night?
- minor difficulties among the guests
- back-up staff
- get ahold of the on-call
- note the time, person and event
- remain at shelter until 7am
- bunk beds for sleeping
- be ready for emergent issues
- no alcohol or non-Rx drugs
- some clients with Rx
- smoking off property
Talk about protocol. I feel like it changes a lot.
I think [the families at PBP] need to be respectful of the other families that live at PBP and the volunteers that want to support them… they may need to work hard on not swearing or yelling or degrading their own children.
discuss consistency, for instance, the use of computer; set a time limit and stick to it. it doesn’t matter if child is the only one in the common area. if kids begin to bang on the keyboard, argue or crowd each other; give 1 warning. then unplug it.
- Strengths perspective
- “families are doing everything in their power to provide for their kiddos”
- persons experiencing homelessness
- about 3k school aged kids doubled up or unsheltered in thurston county
- Housing First Model
- not worrying about the job, the license, etc
- let’s build a basis around housing
- we run the VISPDAT for unsheltered famillies.
- written by Thurston County
- sleeping somewhere “not meant for human habitation”
- accounts for medical vulnerability
- chronicity of homelessness
- families sleeping in vans
- right now 200 families on VI list
- Where should the program change?
- How does shelter fit in larger social movements? Which one?
- Is volunteering effective altruism?