NUMAS Haus provides safe and temporary housing for homeless women and their children under the age of thirteen. The program develops and provides internal and external resources in support of residents’ long term stability work as well as housing counseling to residents and nonresidents.
Volunteer/Internship Job Descriptions
Clerical Projects – Assist the Shelter Coordinator with filing, making copies, preparing outgoing mail or distributing mail to residents, assisting in the creation of forms, answering the phone, entering contact, referrals, resident, and volunteer/interns information into the database. Assist the Shelter Coordinator with other miscellaneous office duties as needed, protect confidentiality of residents. Other duties as assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Working Shifts – There are a variety of shifts available to work at NUMAS Haus. These shifts consist of day shifts (8am to 4pm); evening shift (4pm to 12am); sleeping overnight shifts (12am to 8am) and all three shifts during weekends and holidays. Assist the Shelter Coordinator with daily management and supervision of NUMAS Haus and the residents of the program. Assist in preparing rooms for new residents, cleaning rooms as residents depart NUMAS Haus, washing/drying/folding/putting away sheets, blankets, towels, and wash clothes as scheduled, monitor residents as they complete daily household chores, and complete cleaning chores as needed, general up keep and cleaning of common areas as scheduled, work with the residents on programming needs as scheduled, make sure residents and children are in a safe environment, provide residents with examples of good decision making skills, contacting the shelter coordinator in response to emergencies and resident problems and issues, facilitate and document program progress through program notes, protect confidentiality of residents, and other miscellaneous tasks as determined and assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Transporting Residents – Provide transportation to residents so that residents can attend scheduled meetings, provide transportation to residents to purchase and pick up groceries from area stores, provide transportation as need for other resident requirements. Must have and maintain a vehicle in good working order with all necessary safety equipment including safety belts for all that are being transported, must all maintain valid and current licenses and insurance as required by the state of Minnesota, provide Shelter Coordinator with copies of valid licenses and insurance, protect confidentiality of residents, and other miscellaneous transportation needs as they arise and assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Providing Child Care – Provide child care for the children of the residents so that the mothers can attend meetings, programming events, training events and other needs of the mother. This position is not intended to provide child care while the mother is at work or attending GED or other schooling for the mothers. The child care will take place at the NUMAS Haus and should be only for an hour or two at a time.
Fundraising/Public Relations – Provide assistance at fundraising events or help with annual fund mailings. Can also help create brochures, posters, or other related public relations forms, and other fundraising or public relations tasks as they arise and are assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Teaching Independent Living Skills – Provide training and education to the residents regarding several different living skills. Examples of these skills may include but are not limited to cooking, grooming, hygiene, laundry, cleaning, and other skills as assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Teaching Employment and Interview Skills – Provide training and education to the residents regarding how to become gainfully employed and how to interview for jobs. Some of the skills in this area include but are not limited to dressing for an interview, completing a resume and cover letter, searching for appropriate positions, and skills necessary for the interview process.
Teaching Childcare and Parenting Skills – Provide education and training to residents regarding childcare and parenting skills. Some of the skill in this area include but are not limited to first aid for children, appropriate discipline, time management, educational games, how to help with homework and school projects, modeling appropriate behaviors and manners, and other skills as assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Mentoring – Be a mentor to the residents and offer them support, encouragement, and guidance in a nonjudgmental manner to help create a bond and a support system for the residents. This may include being a mentor even after the resident leaves NUMAS Haus.
Homework Helper – Help the children with homework if the mother does not have the knowledge to assist the children. This includes all school subject areas that a child may encounter in preschool through the sixth grade. This will normally take place at NUMAS Haus in late afternoon or early evening times and sometimes even on the weekends.
Teaching/Training Hobbies or Art Skills – Provide education and training to residents regarding hobbies or art. Some of the skills included in this area may include but are not limited to art, baking, knitting, crocheting, gardening, puzzles, yoga, music, and other skills as assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Teaching Financial and Budgeting Skills – Providing training and education to residents regarding household budgeting and financial skills. Some of the skill in this area include but are not limited to balancing a check book, creating a monthly household budget, paying bills in a timely manner, speaking to creditors, and other skills as assigned by the Shelter Coordinator.
Volunteer Only Job Descriptions
Weekly Cleaning of NUMAS Haus – 4-5 hours a week. Provide cleaning services in the common areas of NUMAS Haus, including but not limited to the kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and living room. Some tasks may include but are not limited to cleaning the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, mopping floors, washing windows, cleaning toilets, showers/bathtubs, cleaning carpets and other tasks as assigned by the Shelter Coordinator. This will help keep NUMAS Haus as a clean and well-kept environment for the residents, staff, volunteers and interns.
Fostering Resident’s Pets – Provide foster care services to the household pets of the residents for up to ninety days while the resident is staying at NUMAS Haus. This includes keeping the pet at the volunteer’s private house and providing the pets with food, water, bathing, veterinary services if needed. This position also required that the volunteer be willing to training the resident and children on proper handling and care of the resident and needs to happen off of NUMAS Haus property.
Intern Only Job Descriptions
Counseling – Provide counseling services to the residents and children at NUMAS Haus. To assist in any areas of counseling, the volunteer or intern must already be currently licensed in the area of counseling that they are doing or must be working toward their license in the area of counseling that is occurring with the resident or children. A current copy of the license needs to be provided to the Shelter Coordinator or an agreement for internship in the area of counseling must be in place before any counseling occurs.
Assisting with Case Management of Residents – Assist the Shelter Coordinator with case management of all of the residents of NUMAS Haus. This position includes but is not limited to the following tasks: writing programing notes, intake and move-out of residents, coordinating services with community service providers, coordinating programming, education, and training needs for residents, assisting the residents in completing agreed upon goals, tasks, and objectives, assisting the resident in locating permanent housing, and other tasks as determined and assigned by the Shelter Coordinator. To be eligible for this position, an agreement of internship must be in place prior to providing services to the residents.
Grant Writing – Assist the Shelter Coordinator and the NUMAS Haus board with writing and applying for a variety of different grants to help ensure the financial stability of NUMAS Haus. To be eligible for this position, an agreement of internship must be in place prior to providing services
Grant Administration – Assist the Shelter Coordinator and the NUMAS Haus Board with the administration of a variety of different grants to help ensure the financial stability of NUMAS Haus and meet all of the grants that are currently in place. To be eligible for this position, an agreement of internship must be in place prior to providing services.
Other Volunteer and Intern requirements
Character: All volunteers and Interns will uphold and support the mission of NUMAS Haus through behavior that is consistent with the highest moral, ethical, and legal standards.
Confidentiality: All volunteers and Interns will uphold and protect the confidentiality of the residents of NUMAS Haus and their children. They will also sign a confidentiality agreement stating that if confidentiality is broken for any reason will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
Physical Effort: All volunteer and Intern positions may require moderate physical exertion. They may be required to physically inspect sleeping areas, moving of furniture and appliances, some cleaning and also may be required to use a step ladder or climb stairs.
Working Conditions: There is a possibility of exposure to dust and cleaning supplies. There is also a possibility of intimidating or potentially violent behaviors of residents and/or prospective residents. The risk of blood borne pathogens exposure is moderate.
Training: All volunteers and Interns will be required to complete training based on licensure requirements or requirements of NUMAS Haus.
To apply for a volunteer position or internship, please submit this Volunteer Internship Application to Shelter Coordinator Patty Paulson by dropping it off at NUMAS Haus, mailing it to NUMAS Haus, P.O. Box 291, New Ulm, MN 56073, or emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.