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Homeless Services Overnight Shelter Support

Union Gospel Mission Position Description

POSITION TITLE: Homeless Services Overnight Shelter Support
REPORTS TO: Homeless Services Director
LOCATION: 9715 SE Powell Blvd Portland, OR 97266
STATUS: Part-time, non-exempt
WAGE: $19 per hour (Overnight shifts - 8pm to 7am, temporary (November 2023 through March 2024)

Union Gospel Mission has a 90-year history of helping people experiencing homelessness in Portland. Our Purpose is feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor. Our highest values are to connect and coach people experiencing homelessness to abundant life in Christ through direct life essential assistance and a path to sustainable work, housing, and a God-honoring life in partnership with churches and other organizations. This is a part-time, temporary position.
The position will work up to 2-3 nights each week, overseeing night shelter for approximately 45-50 guests.

- Work alongside LifeChange residents and volunteers to provide shelter to approximately 45-50 guests
- Refer guests to Homeless Services Director and Coordinator who express a desire to enter LifeChange recovery and/or other services
- Check guests in using Mission Tracker software
- Set out mats for guests; supervise the line outside the building, admit guests into the building
- Speak to shelter guests and coworkers in a kind and respectful manner
- Distribute blankets, explain the guidelines, supervise the area throughout the night, walk through the room regularly to ensure everyone is safe

- Champion for compassionate short and long-term spiritual, physical and emotional care
- Personal, organizational, and warm yet professional demeanor
- De-escalation skills - training available if needed
- Comfortable working with a wide diversity of stakeholders including volunteers, the LifeChange recovery community and individuals experiencing homelessness
- Able to deal with tense interactions with skill and diplomacy
- Excellent verbal and written communication and public-speaking skills
- Able to quickly problem-solve
- Exposure and involvement with a wide variety of Christ followers

- A criminal history and background check are required and must be successfully completed
- Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks as assigned
- Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. unassisted
- Ability to walk up and down steps

Character: Strong commitment to the vision and values of Union Gospel Mission, have a passion for the gospel, and a desire to serve the homeless, broken, and addicted. Must be a follower of Jesus Christ and actively involved in a local Christian church. Must adhere to UGMs statement of faith and standards of conduct.

As a faith-based non-profit, UGM seeks individuals who align with our understanding of biblical and moral teaching as expressed in the UGM Statement of Faith:

We believe:
- The Bible is the Word of God
- There is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, rose from the dead, and will come again in power and glory
- People are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, and that faith is expressed by confession and repentance
- The Holy Spirit empowers believers to know and worship God

Please send resume to Shannon Davidson at

Time:  Part-Time
Salary:  Hourly
Category:  Other

9/6/2023 1:41:35 PM

Job Contact:
Shannon Davidson
(503) 274-4483

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3 NW Third Ave.
Portland, OR 97209-3919

(503) 274-4483

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