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I’m excited to share some details about a new HIV+ Severe Weather Shelter that will open this winter in the HIV Day Center Space at 2941 NE Ainsworth! It will be open when temperatures dip below 25 degrees or there is snow or ice, as decided by Multnomah County. The shelter will be open to 15 guests and referrals will be open to the HIV Day Center, Cascade AIDS Project, Multnomah County Health Clinic, and Partnerships Project.
In the meantime, we are in need of volunteers, preferably people who have experience working with folks who are homeless. They would need the have the capability to travel to 2941 NE Ainsworth during severe weather. There will be afternoon, evening, and overnight shifts available and it would be perfect for a student who is looking for community service hours! If you or anyone you know is interested, please provide feel free to reach out for more information. The head of contact for the shelter, as of now is Lynne Smouse López at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
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• Provide a presence in the shelter that helps alleviate conflict and provides a sense of security and safety.
• Be patient, kind, and a good listener. Use this opportunity to engage in conversations with our guests.
• Create a welcoming space and interrupt oppression.
• Respectfully place the person before the circumstance. People who are in the shelter should be referred to as guests.
• Arrive on time, stay for the duration of your shift.
• Maintain situational awareness. Notify the PIC of any concerns as soon as they are discovered.
• Assist with setting up and tearing down Mitchell Hall (moving chairs and tables, sweeping, mopping, general cleaning, setting up cots, bedding, and chairs).
• Check in guests and inform them of the shelter rules
• Prepare drinks, dinner, and breakfast (if you have a Food Handlers Permit – please let us know)
• Monitor bathroom regularly. Ensure restrooms have adequate toilet paper, paper towels and sharps containers. Maintain cleanliness of bathrooms.
• Help guests with requests
• Monitor guests’ activities to ensure that the dormitory space and guests are treated well.
• Assist in de-escalating any problems that may arise, notify the PIC of any concerns, as soon as they are discovered.
• Wake guests appropriately.
• Placed used blankets in bags for transport to laundering service.
• The capability to arrive safely and on time during severe weather
• Warm clothing, closed toe, sturdy shoes.
• Familiarity with the types of behaviors that are unacceptable in the shelter.
• Completion of a background check that we will provide and pay for.
• Completion of required trainings:
o Severe Weather Shelter volunteer orientation
o HIV Basics Trainings
o Preferred: Mental Health First Aid
o Preferred: CPR and First Aid
o Preferred: Blood Borne Pathogens and Universal Precautions
o Preferred: Food Handler’s Permit
• Preferred Qualifications:
o Experience working in sheltering environments
o A background working with individuals who are in crisis or are living with mental health and/or substance use challenges.