New Ulm Home and Health Show

Congratulations to Carolyn Keller, winner of the Smart TV raffle, and Emily, winner of the book, “A House is A House for Me!”

Thanks to all who stopped by to learn how we are working to eliminate homelessness among single women and their children in Brown County. You can make a difference!

Thank you!

December 23, 2016

So many folks have dropped off gifts at the house this week, we are overwhelmed with gratitude (and running out of storage space)! Thank you to everyone who has added to the joy of the season by directing your generosity to NUMAS Haus. We are so grateful!

NUMAS Haus is currently raising funds to continue its work into the coming year. If you would like to help, please send a check to NUMAS Haus at PO Box 291, New Ulm, MN 56073. Online giving is also available through GiveMN.org.

NUMAS Haus really needs volunteers to staff the shelter, especially evenings and weekends. If you would like to make a difference in this way, contact shelter director Patty Paulson (507-359-2202, patty@numashaus.org) and schedule an orientation session with her.

Thank you!

The NUMAS Haus Board of Directors

Opening August 22!

Two years of inspiration, planning, work, generosity and faith become Love’s welcome made real on August 22, 2016, as NUMAS Haus opens its door, rooms and heart to three families in need of safe, reliable housing. Thank you donors, volunteers, and supporters who have made this day possible.

As the hymn says so beautifully, ’Tis grace hath brought [us] safe thus far, And grace will lead [us] home.  In our world Divine Grace becomes manifest through human action. In the days and weeks and months to come, more than ever before, we need you to shower NUMAS Haus with abundant Grace–financial donations (sent to PO Box 291 New Ulm, MN 56073), material donations (contact Shelter Coordinator Patty Paulson (patty@numashaus.org) to find out what we need and what we cannot accept, and volunteer contributions (Volunteer/Internship Job Descriptions & Application.

We welcome contributions of any size, at any time or interval. On-going, larger contributions enable us to concentrate our efforts on welcoming and serving our resident families. If your service club, employer, faith community, or family foundation provides matching grants or allows donor-directed contributions, please be in touch with NUMAS Haus board president JoAnne Taylor (http://admin@numashaus.org) to discuss a gift for NUMAS Haus. If you love to fund-raise and are eager to head up a fund-raising event for NUMAS Haus, please be in touch with board vice-president Lisa Doege (http://revlmd.nora@gmail.com).

Abundant blessing are about to unfold for NUMAS Haus’s first families. Please continue to hold NUMAS Haus in your prayers, along with its residents, volunteers, staff and board.

 

Volunteer/Internship Job Descriptions & Application

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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.

Volunteers and Intern Job Descriptions

Staffing at NUMAS Haus – 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 10pm); sleeping overnight shifts (10pmto 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.

Some examples of tasks to do during a shift would be: provide the resident and children with a good role model, minor cleaning and upkeep of the residence, clerical projects, teaching the resident and children skills such as; independent life skills, employment and interviewing skills, childcare and parenting skills, financial and budgeting skills, and hobbies and art skills, helping the children with homework and being a mentor to the mothers. Other tasks include: 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.

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.

Ready to make a difference in the lives of single mothers and their children? Download the volunteer-internship-application here!

Comcast Cares on April 30, 2016!

NUMAS Haus is delighted to be chosen by Comcast in the Community for Comcast Cares Day on April 30! You can sign up here to register (and get a T-shirt!), then plan to join the crew that starts working at 8 AM on April 30th, as we put some finishing touches on the renovated house at 606 Center Street! Donuts and muffins will be available in the morning, but if you aren’t an early bird, we can still use your help throughout the morning. The fun ends at noon!

Volunteers will support New Ulm’s first homeless shelter by cleaning and painting in the house. Also assembling outdoor furniture, general landscaping and repairing a picnic table.  We hope you will join us!

NUMAS Update

The walls are up and new windows are being installed this week. The house is taking shape! Now we need to furnish it. The plan is to purchase new bedroom titan furniturefurniture designed specifically for institutional use (college dorms, shelters, etc.).

It will cost about $5,000 for the smallest room, $7,500 for the middle sized room, and $9,000 for the largest room. Would your organization like to “adopt a room” to help cover these costs?

We also need items to outfit the kitchen – everything from pots and pans to forks and spoons. Extra long twin sheet sets for the bunk beds, blankets, mattress pads, pillows, bath towels, washcloths … if a household uses it, we need it. Would you consider hosting a “shower” for NUMAS Haus to provide some of these items? The house should be ready to “move in” by June 1. Help us outfit it well!

If you’re good at making lists and selecting durable goods, maybe you’re the person we need to get NUMAS Haus on the gift registry at local stores. This will help other organizations help NUMAS Haus, by providing precise information about the items that are needed. Send an e-mail to volunteer for this important task, and you could be our next Gift Registry Coordinator, an extremely desirable volunteer position!

VOLUNTEER!

You can help! As the renovation project at NUMAS Haus reaches the halfway mark, we could use a few helping hands to reduce labor costs.

Saturday, March 12 – Clean and prep for painting

kitchen ceiling ready for can lights2016-03-04 10.55.50We’ll be wiping down walls and radiators to get rid of the cobwebs that have accumulated, and removing trash and other items from the basement. Bring a shop vac if you have one, rags, and a mask to avoid breathing dust.

Saturday, March 19 – Painting!

kitchen ready to paint2016-03-04 10.56.07Two-person teams (one to cut in, one to roll paint) will paint each room that is ready – all the bedrooms upstairs, the stairwell, and a couple of rooms downstairs. Bring your own favorite paint brush or roller/pan. Primer and paint will be provided.

Go to lotsahelpinghands.org and search for NUMAS Haus to sign up for one or both service opportunities.

Work Day at NUMAS Haus!

Friends of NUMAS Haus, Bill Day will lead a workday this Saturday, September 26, 2015, beginning at 9:00AM – and you are welcome to join him! He needs 3-5 people to help remove kitchen cabinets and fixtures. One large cabinet, original to the house, may be valuable as architectural salvage, so the goal is to keep it intact as it is removed. (You can make a bid for it when you see it!)

You will need prybars and other carpentry tools, and appropriate eye protection, as well as work gloves and closed-toe shoes.

The house is located at 606 Center Street, between First United Methodist Church and the Lind House. You can sign up for this work day at www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/728853/ If you are not already a member, just click on the “join community” button, type NUMAS into the search box, and follow the directions to become a member. Once approved, you can go to the calendar page and put your name in one of the spots listed.

See you on Saturday!