Purpose of Role: Bailey’s Shelter and Supportive Housing is an emergency shelter in Fairfax County that serves up to 52 single adults experiencing homelessness in addition to 18 residents in permanent supportive housing and additional drop-in guests throughout the week. Health workshops allow our guests to learn valuable information and skills when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle while they work to move to stable housing. Volunteers will sign up to host group sessions around a specific topic.
- Conduct workshops/activities to assist BSSH guests with such topics as nutrition and healthy eating, fitness and exercise, sleep, stress management, injury prevention, etc.
- Choose a topic and come up with a plan for the session
- Inform the VC of your chosen topic by the Friday prior to your activity date
- Begin meeting on time. Respect guests’ time and ensure guests respect your time
- Create fun and engaging environment
- Guarantee that the meeting remains focused on topic and redirect when necessary
- Not share personal information with guests or receive personal information from guests such as phone numbers, addresses, etc.
- Act as a representative of New Hope Housing while volunteering
- Stay up to date on information regarding appropriate behavior while working with homeless populations
- Keep VC informed of any changes in schedule or availability
- Maintain confidentiality
- Warm personality with strong communication skills.
- Ability to work well under limited supervision
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to relate to clients and treat everyone with dignity and respect
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Knowledge of homelessness
Requirements: New volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation and training, provided virtually. Volunteers must also have a signed Confidentiality, Liability, and Photo release forms on file with the Volunteer Coordinator as well as a signed copy of New Hope Housing’s Volunteer Standard and Rules. Volunteers must be 18 years or older