The Corvallis Men’s Shelter will operate at 211 SE Chapman Place in the 2018-2019 season, November 1-March 31.
This is a low-barrier shelter, serving up to 40-50 men nightly in a “bunkhouse” setting. All clients must be over age 18. No alcohol or drug use will be permitted on-site, and all clients must exhibit appropriate behavior.
For questions about operations of the Corvallis Men’s Shelter, please contact the Shelter Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-791-6691).
Opportunities at the Shelter
Staffing of the Corvallis Men’s Shelter will include a mix of paid staff and volunteers, with the bulk of the staff coming from community volunteers.
Paid staff positions are critical to daily operation of the Shelter. All positions require self-motivated and self-regulated individuals who can work well with others and with shelter guests, who maintain and follow the policies and procedures of the shelter and the supervision of the Shelter Manager, who commit to being clean and sober while working, and who can communicate clearly and effectively. All successful candidates must pass a background check. Individuals with a history of violence or the manufacture, distribution or selling of illegal drugs are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be available for several hours during the last two weeks of October for training sessions and staff meetings.
To apply: Send a letter (e-mail) of interested to Harry Reich, Shelter Manager, at Mens.email@example.com. Describe why you want to work at the shelter, describe your experience (if any) working with persons experiencing homelessness and/or mental illness and addiction. Include the names and contact information of two references. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 12, 5 PM.
Volunteers provide a range of services, including helping with check-in, helping with laundry and general operations, and providing a friendly atmosphere for this vulnerable population. Roz Keeney and Dawn Jones are the Volunteer Coordinators. They have established an email for all queries about volunteering to staff the shelter: Corvmensshelter@gmail.com
You can also sign up for volunteering online! A SignUp Genius site for 2018-2019 is available at http://bit.ly/Mensshelter. If you can’t volunteer at the site, you still may be able to help — contact the Volunteer Coordinators for details on other ways to support shelter operations: Corvmensshelter@gmail.com
Resources for Volunteers are available at http://bentonhoac.com/shelter-volunteer-resources/.
Primary funding for the shelter is being provided by the City of Corvallis and Benton County, but additional fundraising is needed to support operations and renovation costs. If you would like to donate, please contact the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, which is serving as the fiscal agent for the shelter.
- For information on the women’s cold weather shelter, see: http://corvallisfumc.org/content/room-inn-womens-shelter
- For information on Community Outreach, Inc’s Emergency Family Shelter, see: http://www.communityoutreachinc.org/services/transitional-housing-program/