Volunteers needed for new family-designated secondary shelter site.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Plans are underway for a new Monday night shelter site expected to open in Forest Park. We have been seeing an increase in the number of Monday turn-aways, so we are hopeful that this new addition to our PADS shelter schedule will help increase the number of clients serviced. We can’t reveal the details just yet, but we are proactively looking for volunteers to help us staff up and be ready once our newest congregational partners are ready to open.

Volunteers are an essential part of the PADS Emergency shelter program which is a gateway for a wide array of supportive services aimed at reducing the length of homelessness for our overnight clients and helping them work toward the ultimate goal of achieving and sustaining housing stability. Volunteers are needed in the following capacities:

SITE CAPTAINS*: Provide overall management and coordination of the volunteer team and site.  Site Captains are responsible for decision-making and leadership during the evening (First) or morning (Third) shift.  The site captain welcomes volunteers and guests and delegates volunteer work assignments.

SHELTER SHIFT WORKERS*: Serve in a variety of capacities, depending on selected shifts: First shift (6:30pm – 10:30pm), Second Shift (10:30pm – 5:00am), or Third Shift (5:00am – 7:30am). 

MEAL PROVIDERS:  Dinner is prepared and served by a volunteer dinner team. Sack lunches and breakfast items are dropped off by volunteers in the evening and served by the Third Shift volunteers.

* Shelter training is required and provided for this position.

If interested, visit our volunteer page at https://www.housingforward.org/get-involved and complete the brief New Volunteer Registration Form found at the right of the page under "Getting Started" or contact Enid Johnson, our Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager at ejohnson@housingforward.org or 708.338.1724 ext. 220 or Etta Martin Volunteer Coordinator at etmartin@housingforward.org ext. 202.