New Home Team Volunteer- Angel's Watch

Angels’ Watch Shelter provides safe, emergency, housing and necessities for women and families who are experiencing homeless. The program mission involves volunteers in delivering services.  Residents who volunteer in the shelter often express feelings of self-worth and belonging.

 

Volunteers will help residents move into their new homes that are stable and secure. They will provide clients individual attention and expand the capacity of the staff to be responsive to residents.

 

 

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Do online research for housing options for residents 
  • Collaborate with the Angels’ Watch Case Manager and resident seeking a new home
  • Work with the parameters provided by the case manager to search for housing: budget, location, size, and proximity to schools, work or public transportation) (or Work with parameters provided re budget, location, size, proximity to schools, work or public transportation)
  • Talk with residents about their housing needs, wants, and options
  • Advocate for the resident with the prospective landlords
  • Assist residents to complete applications for housing and funding
  • Assist 5-6 families a week 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old 
  • Demonstrate technical skills to conduct online searches for homes for residents and to update shared electronic records
  • Complete Catholic Charities screening: application, present government ID (or alternative), TB test, up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination and booster record, criminal history check, reference check, and volunteer orientation 

 

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics: 

  • Cheerful, outgoing, optimistic, and calm demeanor 
  • Compassionate and understanding of people experiencing homelessness
  • Recognize the dignity of each individual person
  • Able recognize people and remember names
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks at once 

 

Volunteer Benefits: 

  • Volunteers will contribute to the Angels’ Watch culture of caring that gives residents a sense of hope for acquiring housing and stability for their families 
  • Volunteers will gain insight into the challenges people living on the margins of independence  
  • Volunteers will join a highly functional team  

 

Support: 

  • Volunteers will have a staff mentor and point of contact 
  • Volunteers will receive training in front desk operations 
  • Volunteers will become familiar with the Angels’ Watch shelter and team who operate it 

 

Time Commitment: 

  • 4-hour shifts; twice a month
  • Duration: 12 months 
  • Shifts are negotiable, including evenings and weekends   
  • On site at Angels’ Watch Shelter; potential for doing research from home after 6 shifts on site 

 

Location: 

  • This is an in-person volunteer opportunity  
  • Address in Waldorf provided when staff and volunteer discuss placement 
  • Parking is available on site  
  • Walkable from bus stop 

 

Next Steps:  

  • By September 17: Fill in an application.
  • Late August – mid-September: Matching Expectations conversation with Catholic Charities staff.  
  • September 27: Find out if you’ve been selected for the role. 
  • October 7 - October 14: Attend virtual Volunteer Orientation and complete screenings.  
  • October 16: Begin volunteering!