Overnight Shelter Staff- $20.85 per hour

Crisis & Outreach Services · Bellingham, Washington
Department Crisis & Outreach Services
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $20.85

Are you passionate about helping others, excited to participate in our ministry, and love working in a team environment? This could be the opportunity for you! Come join us at Base Camp!

Position Description

The Base Camp Staff maintain a safe environment for the men and women accessing the emergency shelter at the Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM). Overnight Shelter staff respond to emergencies, offer emotional and spiritual support to guests, implement and oversee check-in, and perform simple data entry. The ideal candidate will desire a rewarding and service-oriented work environment. Some weekend availability required.

Wondering what it's like to work at LMM? Hear from our staff Why We Do What We Do or learn more about Healing Homelessness in Bellingham.


  • Maintain timely and accurate documentation regarding daily shelter events, incident reports, and mandatory reporting.
  • Oversee proper handling of guest communication, including phone messages.
  • Oversee reception functions including phones, security cameras, and greeting, ensuring the highest level of customer service at the Base Camp.
  • Monitor all safety and fire hazards, as well as guest activity.
  • Fulfill the guests' requests for articles of clothing, hygiene supplies, and etc.
  • Maintain a positive, pleasant, and professional attitude. Work with other staff to model transparent and supportive Christian relationships, which will serve as a leadership example for shelter guests.
  • Provide and facilitate an environment that relationally shares with guests the full range of resources available to assist them, particularly further LMM programming, in overcoming the conditions that cause homelessness.
  • Oversee, encourage and train volunteers and interns as needed.
  • Embrace and use LMM's grace-based accountability philosophy.
  • Any other job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Organizational Relationships

  • Works alongside a team of Crisis Services staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Represents LMM, specifically Base Camp, to other social service agencies.
  • Reports directly to the Crisis Services Manager.


  • A passion for serving Jesus and making the Gospel known through mercy ministry. The successful candidate will have an active church/prayer life.
  • Have knowledge of and preferably experience with issues of homelessness, poverty, addiction, domestic violence and recovery.
  • Able to use judgment to make independent decisions.
  • Agreement with the Lighthouse Mission's Statement of Faith and Lifestyle Commitment.
  • Ability to lead Christian devotions and prayer in a group setting
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity in all forms is required.
  • Ability to successfully pass pre-employment drug and criminal background screenings.
  • High boundary setting and self-reflection skills.
  • Basic motivational interviewing skills preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with program guests and volunteers.
  • Ability to remain calm and calm others in an emergency and/or confrontational situations.
  • Ability to interact effectively as a team member and independently with LMM staff and with a diverse client base.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills--both written and oral--for communication with co-workers, men and women staying as guests and outside agencies.
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, Gmail, and Google Calendar.
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent education/ experience.

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions

  • Intermittent high stress environment
  • Standing 40%; walking 30%; sitting 30%; ability to walk up and down stairs
  • Medium to heavy lifting, up to 35 lbs
  • Possible exposure to a variety of illnesses
  • Both inside and outside activities regardless of weather
  • Ability to rapidly deal with emergency situations
  • Ability to report as regularly scheduled to the work-site

As an outreach of Lighthouse Mission Ministries, successful applicants will show a desire to end spiritual, economic, physical and social poverties with an aim toward restored identities and recovered vocations for the purpose of a healthy relationship with God, each other and the world. Must be committed to the Christian faith and comply with drug-free policy. Those qualified to join our team can enjoy a rewarding work environment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lighthouse Mission Ministries is both an equal-opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. Subject to all applicable state and federal laws, Lighthouse Mission Ministries does not discriminate in its employment practices or in the administration and dissemination of its programs and services. Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e I(a)), Lighthouse Mission Ministries has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with the Lighthouse Mission Ministries Statement of Faith. http://www.thelighthousemission.org/

Keywords: human services, social services, non profit, customer service, part-time, weekend

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  • Location
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Department
    Crisis & Outreach Services
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