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Simpson Housing Services


50 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department 50
Employment Type On Call - NE
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $13.50

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?

This position provides quality cleaning custodial, laundry and other light maintenance duties at the Overnight Emergency Shelter. Tasks include but are not limited to picking up trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, or using cleaning equipment, cleaning and stocking bathrooms, making sure buildings are secure, transporting donations or supplies and minor building maintenance or repairs.

This is an on-call, as needed position.


Provide quality cleaning and maintenance of the Shelter and Simpson UMC:

  • Collect and discard trash and recycling throughout shelter.
  • Mop and/or sweep all floors.
  • Daily washing, drying, and putting away of laundry.
  • General cleaning throughout shelter area.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of three restroom/shower areas and large kitchen.
  • Removing and replacement of sleeping mats in shelter, daily.
  • Weekly cleaning of church sanctuary and common areas as assigned by church.
  • Light maintenance when needed at any location.

Provide assistance with additional maintenance tasks:

  • Conduct light maintenance at Bell House including installing air conditioners, changing light bulbs, etc.
  • Complete recycling tasks if needed.
  • Transport donations between locations and to outside agencies if needed.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Demonstrate essential knowledge, abilities and skills:

  • Ability to work very well independently, with excellent skills in teamwork and collaboration.
  • Ability to take work direction.
  • Ability to be flexible and manage time.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, positively and professionally with others.
  • Ability to work with individuals from very diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Adhere to a standard framework of boundaries in all interactions with guests, volunteers, staff and public.  
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize a number of responsibilities.

Scope of Position

This position works primarily on site at the Overnight Emergency Shelter. The shelter serves 44 single men and 22 single women each night. This is an on-call, as needed position.

Job Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Good verbal communication skills. 
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Must be dependable and hard-working.
  • Must be in good health to perform various degrees of manual labor.
  • Must have reliable transportation to get to and from work.


  • Knowledge or experience with maintenance is preferred.

Essential Mental Functions

In order to interpret policies and guidelines, employee must draw on analytical abilities.

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 25 pounds.

Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 90%, Time outside: 10%, Agency travel time required: 0%
(100% time inside for custodian that does not complete recycling/errands)

Percentage time spent in direct care: 0%

Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in supervision meetings as needed.

Number of Direct Reports: None

Number of In-direct Reports: May provide volunteer/intern supervision

Budget Responsibility: None

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