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*FIT VISTA-My Friend's Place Volunteer Program Developer
My Friend’s Place mission is to provide home like emergency shelter and transitional housing, and exceptional support for the homeless men, women and families in our service area. My Friend’s Place is an emergency homeless shelter in Dover NH, opening its doors in 1989 and is now it is 29th year serving homeless men, women and children. Each year the shelter serves between 100 and 150 individuals, including 30-40 families. Children make up on average roughly 40%-45% of our yearly statistics. The shelter also owns 2 scattered site apartment buildings with 2 units each that is used for transitional housing. Families can stay in these units for up to 2 years while working on longer term goals to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Clients that we see at the shelter all fall far below the poverty level set by the federal government and have a variety of barriers to self-sufficiency. The two most common barriers are currently substance abuse/addiction and mental health issues. Many of our clients come to us straight out of jail/prison, substance abuse treatment or hospitalization for mental health issues. Often there are multiple barriers that will need to be worked on during their stay with us such as identifying income potential, medical home, dental care, etc. Many clients lack the basic skills required to live within their means such as proper budgeting. It is within case management that goals are established and steps needed to accomplish those goals. Some goals are basic and in everyone’s case plan such as gaining income, however the steps may be very different from one client to the other. While one client may be job searching another may be gathering medical information for their application for Social Security Disability.
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Member Duties : This position’s normal work schedule will be Monday through Friday 7am to 3pm. However, the schedule must be flexible as the duties will require attendance of functions/meetings or civic gatherings on nights and weekends. Duties include networking with outside community agencies to schedule dates and times to speak at community functions in order to recruit volunteers. Updating our current social media presence and identifying areas to increase our presence. Creating a volunteer recruitment guide and kit for future use. Working with the Case Manager and ED to develop a volunteer training guide and kit for use. Establishing, scheduling and coordinating volunteer trainings. Creating a volunteer survey to use as a tool to “tweak” problem areas of the volunteer program. Other duties around volunteer program as deemed necessary as the volunteer pool grows and expands. Recruiting one or more volunteers to replace the VISTA once the term is completed.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Housing ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Public Speaking . 
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*FIT VISTA-My Friend's Place Volunteer Program Developer

Program Start/End Date
02/15/2019  -   02/14/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW HAMPSHIRE  


Accepting Applications
From  02/02/2019  To  08/31/2019 

Contact Julie Lynch
368 Washington St
Dover   NH   03820
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 80719