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.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & RACIAL JUSTICE
Simpson Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to the principles of diversity. Diversity continues to be our primary focus in staffing and hiring, as it is important to us that our staff demographics be representative of the population demographics whom we serve. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.
How Can You Contribute?
As an Adult Shelter Connect Advocate, you will will provide assessment and placement into emergency shelter beds in single adult shelters in Hennepin County. This energetic and adaptable employee will work as part of a team to assist individuals’ access and understand the single adult shelter system. Advocates must be knowledgeable about and able to respond effectively to the complexities of individual’s lives and the challenges and conditions associated with homelessness.
This position is part of the Hennepin County Single Adult Shelter Collaborative, which coordinates the Hennepin County Single Point of Entry.
Provide quality service to individuals:
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 provides assessment and placement into single adult shelter beds in Hennepin County. It is anticipated that the position will complete 24 assessments in an 8 hour work day. Participant populations may include those with chemical use issues, criminal histories, trauma, grief, and/or mental health issues.
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, 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 domestic abuse, childhood trauma, grief and loss, sexual violence and exploitation, homelessness, social support systems and advocacy in terms of providing services to individuals 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. The employee must be able to move about the community and public places. The employee must be able to lift items up to 40 pounds occasionally.
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 95%, Time outside: 5%, Agency travel time required: 1%
Travel includes travel within the community including attending community and/or staff meetings.
Time spent with Adult Shelter Connect guests is approximately 95%.
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in regular team meetings as well as bi-weekly direct supervision meetings.
Number of Direct Reports: None
Number of In-direct Reports: May provide volunteer or intern supervision as needed.
Budget Responsibility: None