ROOTS is seeking 2 Americorps members for the 9/1/2015-7/15/2016 service term.  For full information and to apply, please go to the AmeriCorps site here.

POSITION SUMMARY

WSC, Roots Young Adult Shelter, Resource Coord.
ROOTS provides shelter and other essential services to homeless young adults. We build community, advocate for social justice, and foster dignity among low-income people. The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter is open daily 9pm-8am, providing safe emergency overnight shelter to homeless young adults ages 18-25. ROOTS provides a hot dinner and breakfast, personal hygiene access (including laundry, showers, clean clothing, and hygiene items), on-site case management, and referrals to other services. ROOTS is the largest overnight shelter in Seattle specifically addressing the needs of homeless young adults, and maintains a unique structure and supportive community of staff, volunteers, and guests (clients) who work together to create a welcoming, collaborative environment. This position is contingent on funding. The AmeriCorps member will assist with evening shelter responsibilities, including completing intake interviews with guests, supporting the Program Coordinator by enforcing rules and providing guidance to volunteers, interacting with guests and offering information and referrals to other service programs, and helping ensure that shelter runs smoothly. They will work with our Guest Leadership Program to support the team and individuals as they work to improve their life skills, education and employment opportunities. The member will assist with soliciting in-kind donations, help coordinate the kitchen, and support Friday Feast, our all-ages meal program which serves 100-150 individuals each week. To assist the Friday Feast Coordinator, the member will support the volunteers who prepare, serve and clean-up, as well as interacting with patrons. The member will also be active in outreach and advocacy efforts, such as recruitment, fairs and other events, and in strengthening partnerships with other agencies and alliances, such as the University District Service Provider Alliance (UDSPA), Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH), colleges and community groups.

Member Duties : • Recruit, support and provide employment, education and housing resources to our Guest Leadership Team. Support Leadership members in identifying goals specific to their terms. • Participate in monthly Feedback Sessions and/or Change Team Dialogue Sessions with shelter guests in order to increase the feedback loop, address oppression, and to teach guests advocacy skills. • Support guests in reports back to the Program Committee and shelter team. This includes facilitating guest surveys to assure program quality. • Identify resources for guests, and maintain a job/housing/resource board. • Develop partnerships to enhance the Leadership Program around job opportunities, service referrals, and opportunities for skill development. • Assist in shelter supply drives. • Help with volunteer, Work Study and intern recruitment. • Provide shelter support three nights a week, with a focus on guest and volunteer engagement.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage ,  Stipend .
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours .
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Homelessness ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger .
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership .