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2020 OES Emergency Clothes Closet VISTA Summer Associate
Often, new clients present at night with no clothes other than what they are wearing. A shower and new set of clothing during their first night at the shelter provides dignity, a better night’s sleep, and a more hopeful tomorrow. The VISTA will create an emergency clothes closet within our PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter program. This will allow staff to provide emergency clothing for new clients as well as for other emergency needs that arise during program. Hesed House's mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Every year our homeless shelters serve about 1,000 people with nowhere else to turn. Community relationships and funding allow us to continue our mission of providing immediate food and shelter for those in need and give us the ability to return them to independent living. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website. This position can start any Monday in June. Speak to your interviewer for more details.
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Member Duties : 1. Create in-program emergency clothes closet for PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter. 2. Meet with staff to assess space available for in-program emergency clothes closet, and any needed items for closet framework (shelving, flooring, deconstruction, painting, etc.). 3. Lead staff discussion on identified needs, and help identify and procure needed materials and volunteers to accomplish closet framework. 4. Work within PADS OES structure to help identify types of clothing needed for emergency closet, as well as to inform volunteer groups serving there of new addition to program, what is needed, etc. 5. Coordinate with staff to send out e-blasts and social media alerts to help stock closet with needed items. 6. Create and submit a plan for sustainability, including a volunteer and staff plan for inventory, stocking and soliciting donations to keep the closet full.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Communications ,  Computers/Technology ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing . 
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2020 OES Emergency Clothes Closet VISTA Summer Associate

Program Start/End Date
06/01/2020  -   08/07/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2020  To  06/30/2020 

Contact VISTA Leader
659 S River St
Aurora   IL   60506
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 94126