People Served/Type of Services: Urgent Services, Homelessness, Domestic Abuse

Types of Help Needed: Activities with Agency Clients

Service Opportunity Details: Safe House Hostess: The WINGS domestic violence Safe House has capacity for up to 45 adults and children a night. In addition to shelter, it provides counseling, case management, referrals, career
services, and meals. Hostesses will assist in this effort by warming up, setting out, and putting away a previously prepared lunch for anyone in the house. Volunteers are encouraged to eat with the residents and to promote constructive and friendly conversations with and between the residents who are there. They also help the clients with their daily tasks, including checking and signing off on the chore chart, filling requests for needed items from the supply closet, etc. Volunteers also promote constructive conversation and a positive environment by lending a
listening ear to someone who wants to talk, engaging more hesitant residents in conversation to help them feel welcomed and comfortable, even suggesting or facilitating simple activities to adults or parents trying to entertain children.

Location: Northwestern suburban Chicago and Midway Airport areas in WINGS Domestic Violence Safe Houses

Volunteer Ages: Adults

Frequency: On-going

Frequency Details: One time a week for a few hours. Requires willingness to commit to a weekly shift for at least one (1) year. Advance notice is requested in the event of a cancellation so we can schedule a substitute.

Contact Info: Staff: Bruna Srb, Kenilworth Union: If interested in this opportunity, you can also contact Chris Cole, to get more detailed information about whether this may be a good fit for you.

Other Information: Requirements: Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training provided by WINGS 3 times a year; A committment to keep the location confidential; Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity.