Summer Employment with the Community Ministry

Community Ministry Jobs Available! Seattle Mennonite is seeking to fill three positions for 4 months, beginning June 1, 2012. One position is a 1/2 time sabbatical coverage position and the other two are 1/4 time hosting positions at a day center for people experiencing homelessness. Please send resume and letter of interest to Ken Kraybill at ken.kraybill@gmail.com for consideration by April 13th, 2012. Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for.

JOB DESCRIPTION #1 – WE ARE SEEKING TO HIRE 2 HOSTS

God’s Li’l Acre Host
Seattle Mennonite Church

Preamble: In June 2008, Seattle Mennonite Church opened a drop-in center as an expansion of its support to persons experiencing homelessness. The center was named God’s L’i’l Acre (GLA) by the community of outside neighbors in Lake City (a neighborhood of Seattle). Activities at GLA include: personal storage, community kitchen, clothing depot, laundry, showers, phone, mail distribution, internet, resources, referral and companionship. The number of guests who visit GLA range from 50-60 people. Guests generally range in age from 35-60 years, who are typically single male from a variety of backgrounds. Many guests could be described as chronically homeless with numerous challenges that make it difficult to find housing and employment. Although challenges may include disability, anger management, experiences of abuse, broken relationships, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental illnesses; volunteers and staff at GLA seek to affirm the creativity, resiliency, generosity, skills, assets and giftedness of each person. The center becomes a place of peace and respite amidst the chaos of peoples lives. In the dynamic of comings and goings of people, the staff of volunteers, interns and community ministers are witness to many experiences of grace. The center practices modalities of person-centred, trauma-informed companionship with persons experiencing homelessness.

Purpose:

The vision of this position is to collaborate with persons experiencing homelessness in developing a holistic and hospitable drop-in center with a high degree of community (guests) ownership and responsibility.

Timing:

June 1, 2012 – September 30th, 2012 – 9 hours per week

Tasks:

  • Offering hospitality and companionship to guests at GLA (a morning drop-in center)
  • Affirming strengths in individuals as pertains to physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual growth
  • Taking initiative in collaboratively/communicating with interns/volunteers/volunteer groups who support GLA
  • Monitoring schedule for hygiene services (showers/laundry) at GLA
  • Encouraging guest’s ownership of space by identifying tasks and maintenance projects for guests to work on (weeding community gardens, emptying fridges, organizing clothing depot, etc.)
  • As people are free to cook their meals at the facility, they are also encouraged to clean-up after themselves
  • Ensuring clean-up of center upon closing at noon by encouraging guests to take on tasks
  • Referring guests to resources (keeping in mind that the community can resource each other) to address needs of housing, employment and benefits as necessary
  • De-escalating conflict and following outlined procedures in addressing serious incidents
  • Invite community members to share their gifts and talents whenever possible with one another and the program at GLA.
  • Following health and safety procedures at GLA

Expectations:

The Host will be asked to:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before drop-in is open and keep a regular schedule
  • Have regularly scheduled meetings with the Community Minister.
  • Maintain clear and appropriate boundaries with local residents and people experiencing homelessness.
  • Engage people in ways that model companionship, asset building, and principles of conflict resolution
  • Develop a keen awareness of group dynamics and the needs of people in order to respond in the midst of suffering
  • Find patience and be flexible in the midst of chaos

Recommended Reading:

  1. Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, by Craig Rennebohm 2008
  2. Beyond Homelessness, Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, by Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh 2008
  3. The Twenty Piece Shuffle, Why the poor and rich need each other, by Greg Paul 2008
  4. Assessing Health, Promoting Wellness, by Ken Kraybill and Sharon Morrison 2007
  5. Restoring At-Risk Communities, Edited by John M. Perkins 1995
  6. The Other Side of Sin, by Andrew Sung Park and Susan L. Nelson 2001
  7. Reading the Bible with the Damned, Bob Ekblad 2005
  8. Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky 2007
  9. PATH Guide: Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Recovery-Oriented Care

JOB DESCRIPTION #2 – SABBATICAL COVERAGE FOR COMMUNITY MINISTER POSITION

Community Minister Sabbatical Coverage Plan 2012

The Community Minister role with Seattle Mennonite Church has two essential areas of emphasis. Firstly, the coordination and participation in offering direct service initiatives with people experiencing homelessness. Secondly, facilitating neighborhood involvement, collaboration and support in addressing homelessness in the Lake City Neighborhood. The task of the Community Minister will be to maintain and support ongoing initiatives in collaboration with persons already invested and energized for the ministry.

Job Description for Sabbatical Coverage

Dates: June 1, 2012 – Sept. 30th, 2012, 17 weeks

Community Minister – Sabbatical Staffing needs

Task                                                                                   Responsible Person    Time
Weekly

1. Lake City Task Force – liaison with neighborhood        CM            2 hours
projects (shelter, safe walks, litter patrol)

2. Staff Meetings, Pastoral Team Meetings, Stand Ups    CM            2 hours

3. Volunteer Coordination/God’s li’l Acre Supervision        CM            12 hours
-ensure volunteers are oriented and scheduled
-ensure GLA is adequately staffed with hosts
-help community problem solve and resolve conflict
-purchase supplies (coffee, creamer, sugar), request
supplies from facilities manager.
-host at GLA
-liaison to support groups (bible study, Spa Day, Recovery Groups)

4. Accompaniment – Engaging people in relationship and     CM            3 hours
helping people access services, resources, and support.
Includes administering help funds from Seattle Mennonite Church.

5. Administration/email management                CM            2 hours

Monthly

1. Lake City Task Force – Develop agenda with        CM            3 hours
chairperson, open church and set up space.                        (2nd Friday)

2. Lake City Development Council – liaison to businesses    CM            1 hour
(4th Wed.)

3. MTI Dental Van – Promote schedule, secure volunteers    CM            12 hours
hold/transfer dental records, host on day of service

4. Community Ministry Advisory Meetings (Just        CM            3 hours
Peace Council) – Develop agenda with chair

5. Leadership Council (Spiritual Life Team)            CM            3 hours

6. Write Newsletter Articles, Submit weekly             CM            1 hour
announcements for Communicator

7. Community Meals – contact person for weekly meal,    CM            5 hours    coordinate 4th Sunday menu and serving

Based on the above list of tasks – it is recommended that a sabbatical staff person is hired to work 25-30 hours per week, for 17 weeks.

Recommended Reading:

  1. Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, by Craig Rennebohm 2008
  2. Beyond Homelessness, Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, by Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh 2008
  3. The Twenty Piece Shuffle, Why the poor and rich need each other, by Greg Paul 2008
  4. Assessing Health, Promoting Wellness, by Ken Kraybill and Sharon Morrison 2007
  5. Restoring At-Risk Communities, Edited by John M. Perkins 1995
  6. The Other Side of Sin, by Andrew Sung Park and Susan L. Nelson 2001
  7. Reading the Bible with the Damned, Bob Ekblad 2005
  8. Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky 2007
  9. PATH Guide: Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Recovery-Oriented Care