The role of the Host/Host Family is to provide night and weekend support for residents living at a 3rd Matthew House Ottawa: Refugee Services location, a home for refugee claimants who would otherwise be homeless. Hosts ensure the smooth running of the household, build community, and provide a presence to deal with any urgent needs – all the while maintaining an atmosphere that supports the mission, vision and values of the organisation.

Compensation: Free room and board (e.g. private bedroom, food, internet, utilities)

You would be asked to:

  • Live in the house full time
  • Be home and/or on call between 20:00 and 07:00 (with time off as approved). You are free to hold a job during the day, and are not expected to be awake through the night in this role.
  • Participate in and coordinate house chores (e.g. responsible for maintaining cleanliness of house, ensures garbage removal and recycling and cleaning have been taken care of on a weekly basis).
  • Ensure that the food and supplies required are available (provide house manager with shopping lists) and coordinate with volunteer cooks.
  • Participate in and build community at the house.
  • Report to and work closely alongside the program coordinator: refugee services.

 

You would also be asked to: 

  • Welcome and encourage evening volunteers (and other visitors).
  • Help with welcoming new residents after hours (weeknights and weekends from time to time)
  • Assist with meal preparation to ensure dinner is served (with groceries or frozen meals, from time to time).
  • Report any necessary repairs to program coordinator

 

You would need to have:

  • Excellent people skills
  • The ability to practice patience with a non-judgmental attitude
  • Good communication skills in English mandatory, with strong preference for ability to communicate in French and other languages as well
  • Police Records Check (Level 3 – Vulnerable sector check)
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity, and experience working within a culturally diverse environment.
  • Experience with conflict management, mediation, and non-violent crisis intervention preferred.
  • Passion for the mission of Matthew House Ottawa to welcome and support refugees in Ottawa

 

NOTE: This role description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Volunteer may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Please email your resume to HR@matthewhouseottawa.org, an expression of interest clearly addressing how you meet the requirements and can carry out the essential functions of this position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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