Outsiders Inn is providing staffing and management for the St Paul's Church Men’s Shelter program supporting unhoused persons in Vancouver, WA.
The shelter is intended to provide a safe and warm space for men and is designed to provide easy, low-barrier access for men who would otherwise be sleeping outdoors or in vehicles.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with the Shelter Director, Lead Staff, other Engagement Specialists and volunteers to ensure that the shelter spaces are safe, sanitary and welcoming to a broad diversity of men without housing, including people of all races, nationalities, languages, ages, abilities, and gender orientation.
- Provide basic intake and orientation to all new guests on a daily basis, including but not limited to reviewing Guest Agreements, drug and alcohol policies and emergency procedures.
- Distribute food, blankets, bedding and other needed items in a fair and equitable manner to guests.
- Assist other staff, volunteers, and community groups and help them to have a positive experience with the shelter, while maintaining shelter guidelines.
- Notify police, fire, emergency medical or other crisis personnel if warranted by events at shelter.
- Interact with guests, staff, and volunteers in a strengths-based, trauma-informed manner at all times.
- Maintain accurate, complete, up-to-date daily documentation of guests served and their basic demographic information.
- Submit documentation in a timely manner.
- Enter data into appropriate systems (HMIS and Care Coordination System).
- Perform regular fire watch walk-throughs and record these on a form provided by the fire marshal.
- Record each shift activity in each shelter’s log book.
- Meet with the supervisor and participate in department staff meetings and monthly all staff training as scheduling permits.
- Refer and connect guests to other community services
- Other duties as assigned.
- Model Recovery and have alignment with Outsiders Inn pillars of practice.
- Communicate clearly and respectfully with shelter guests and other staff
- Empower change and support persons in making choices that encourage harm-reduction.
- Work cooperatively with other staff and volunteers and maintain productive working relationships within Outsiders Inn.
- Be sensitive to diverse cultures, ages and abilities.
- Maintain strict confidentiality and professional boundaries with all guests and staff.
- Understand and follow written and oral instructions, guidelines and procedures.
- Represent Outsiders Inn professionally, accurately and effectively.
- Work independently and at the same time be a vital and contributing part of a team.
- Commute to work location in a timely and safe manner.
- Navigating basic social service agencies (DSHS, EBT, etc) and community resources (food banks, support groups, addiction services).
- Modeling good boundaries and basic principles of confidentiality, crisis de-escalation, empowering self-advocacy, and trauma-informed care.
- SAMHSA’s definition of Recovery : “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- At least one year experience in social services or equivalent personal lived experience that brought about the awareness of people without homes and the issues facing them.
- Certified Peer Support, Recovery Coach, Community Health Worker experience welcomed
- General computer environment skills & experience, Google Drive, data documenting
- Smartphone app environments (time clock access)
- Oral and written English literacy is needed, bi-lingual skills are welcome.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision.
Required qualifications for employment
- 18 years old with valid Washington ID or Driver’s License
- Appropriate background check clearance
- Eligibility to work in the United States. (verified through the E-Verify website)
Send a filled out application, your resume and letter of interest that shares a little about why you are drawn to this work to
Please note, candidates considered to meet requirements will be contacted for an interview. We do not discuss application status during the selection process. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Outsiders Inn provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applications for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as covered veteran in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.