Why Work For Simpson?
Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy.
Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children.
How Can You Contribute?
As a Bilingual Shelter Advocate, you will provide hospitable, safe, secure, clean, supportive, and affirming environment for single adult men and women in need of overnight shelter. This position will also provide advocacy, support, direction, resources and referrals to shelter guests, as needed.
Multilingual candidates, especially native Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply!
Facilitate positive on-site shelter operations:
Provide quality coordination of services:
Provide relevant support and advocacy to assigned guest caseload:
Complete accurate and thorough documentation and record-keeping in a timely manner:
Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:
Demonstrate essential knowledge, abilities and skills:
Scope of Position
This position works on-site at the Overnight Emergency Shelter. The Overnight Emergency Shelter serves 44 single men and 22 single women each night. Each advocate is assigned a small caseload of shelter guests to assist with housing and other needs. This is a position that includes daytime, evenings, nights, and weekends with possible overnight hours on an emergency basis.
Participant populations may include those with chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), and/or mental health issues.
Employee may provide back up for other advocates during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.
Essential Mental Functions
The employee, in collaboration with the participant, must determine the needs of the participants and how best to meet these needs. This means the employee will assess a participant’s situation to be able to identify more fully the needs of the participants.
To provide adequate assistance to participants, the employee must draw on the ability to empathize, problem solve, and the ability to accept people unconditionally with an openness to new ideas.
To interpret policies and guidelines, employee must draw on analytical abilities.
The employee must understand and apply knowledge of homelessness and social support systems in terms of providing services to participants in crisis.
Essential Physical Functions
The employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with staff and participants in person, on the telephone and in writing. Employee must be able to move about the shelter location. Employee must be able to lift up to 40lbs on an occasional basis.
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 80%, Time outside: 20%, Agency travel time required: 5%
Percentage time spent in direct care service (includes travel time): 90%
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in weekly team meetings as well as bi-weekly direct supervision meetings as needed
Number of Direct Reports: None
Number of In-direct Reports: May provide volunteer/intern supervision
Budget Responsibility: None