Overnight Host (Resident Assistant)

  • Portland First United Methodist Church: The PSU Landing at FUMC
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 13, 2021
Full time Host/Hostess

Job Description

Portland First United Methodist Church has a long-time concern for housing insecurity, having founded and operated the Goose Hollow Family Shelter in our building for 25 years, and having created the Portland Homeless Family Solutions, an independent non-profit which "graduated" from our space in the summer of 2018. We have now discovered many Portland State University students struggle to meet their basic needs. A recent survey covering a 12-month period found that: 44.6% of students responding experienced housing insecurity 16.1% were houseless 47% experienced food insecurity Black, Indigenous and People of Color students were found to have higher rates of insecurity. Portland First hopes to create and operate an overnight shelter providing safe housing, some food assistance and study space for at least 8 PSU students per night. TIME: 20-30 hours/wk; 9pm-7amThe mission of The PSU Landing at FUMC (The Landing) is to provide a temporary safe-haven for housing insecure Portland State University (PSU) students. More information can be found on our website: : The PSU Landing at FUMC is located at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC), 1838 SW Jefferson Street, Portland, OR 97201JOB DESCRIPTION: The Overnight Host (R.A.) is primarily responsible for providing support and ensuring the safety of residents of The Landing. This includes but is not limited to:Building relationships of trust and support with residents. Creating a culture of community and general care for student residents.Facilitating resident students evening check-ins (2-10 people) with care and COVID-19 safety measuresHelping residents set up and maintain personal space for overnight useHelping with stages of on-site Landing laundryAssisting with meal set-up and/or prep for dinners and grab-n-go breakfastsMaintaining cleanliness and basic safety standards in the facilityMaintaining an atmosphere of respect and safety for all at The LandingEnsuring residents pack up their pods and leave by 7 am each morning (except Saturday)Supervise volunteers as necessaryIn addition, you will be required to attend four training sessions before starting that will give you a better understanding of houselessness, basic needs, trauma-informed care, The Landing space and team, etc. The four skill-based training modules are applicable to diverse basic needs support and social service professions.% of Time Duties30% Organize and facilitate the structure needed for overnight guests, keeping the shelter a safe environment for all. Log all nightly activities accurately in The Landing computer system.20% Maintain a clean, well-organized living situation30% Work effectively with staff and guests, welcoming all from diverse races, nationalities, languages, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and family composition. Ensure that boundaries are respectfully maintained.20% Support on-site volunteers to have a meaningful experience. Help them find projects to do while they are volunteering alongside staff at shelter.BUDGET AUTHORITY: NoneSUPERVISOR: Landing CoordinatorSUPERVISORY DUTIES: Oversight of volunteersREQUIREMENTS:Successful experience assisting individuals experiencing houselessnessAbility to work independently and flexibly with guests and staffExcellent communication skills, written and verbalDependable and reliable work history;Understanding the need for confidentialityUnderstanding of Safe Sanctuary practices and principlesRate of Pay: $16.00 per hour