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About Us

Mission and Vision

Mission

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter builds community and fosters dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing homelessness.

 

Vision

Everyone has a safe place to call home.

Values

  1. We value each guest as an individual, without judgment or bias.

  2. We drive change by discussing, addressing and breaking down social and economic barriers to equality for the benefit of young adults experiencing homelessness.

  3. We work as a cohesive, passionate team to provide the best services possible to guests and build partnerships with the larger community.

  4. We respect, honor and encourage the unique backgrounds of all individuals.

 

Staff

Arthur Padilla

Interim Executive Director

arthurp@rootsinfo.org

The ROOTS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Arthur Padilla as our interim executive director.  Arthur is a nationally recognized leader in social justice leadership and collaboration, and he will bring 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector.  He has worked with homeless populations and he has devoted himself to a wide variety of youth development programs.  He is trained in counseling psychology and has been an anti-oppression trainer.  Among his executive management experiences, Arthur was executive director of Rosehedge/Multifaith Works in Seattle, and he was interim CEO at the Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque.  He currently has a consultancy practice in program evaluation.

Matt Fox

Director of Operations

matt@rootsinfo.org

Kat Ousley

Shelter Director

kat@rootsinfo.org

Jordan Beaudry

Volunteer Services Manager

jordan@rootsinfo.org

Kristen Lound

Development Manager

kristen@rootsinfo.org

Amy Hanson

Program Assistant

amy@rootsinfo.org


Ali Alonso

Case Manager

alia@rootsinfo.org



David

Program Manager

Lucy

On Call Program Manager

Philip

On-Call Program Manager

Sam

On-Call Program Manager

Tallis

On Call Program Manager

Zander

On Call Program Manager

Colin

Program Coordinator - Friday Feast

KP

Overnight Counselor

Nicodemus

Overnight Counselor

 

Board

Peter House

President

Senior Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health


Alex Berger

Vice President

Training Project Coordinator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Whitney Nakamura

Secretary

Community Volunteer


Joe Tartakoff

Treasurer

Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Corporation


Amanda Pleasant-Brown

Board Member

Rental Housing Compliance Analyst
Department of Construction and Inspections
City of Seattle


Eric Mowery

Board Member

Quality Assurance Manager, Groupon Inc.


Rev. Pat Simpson

Board Member

Senior Pastor, University Temple United Methodist Church


Binu Surendranath

Board Member

Global Process Owner - Finance Payouts, Microsoft Corporation

 

Media

All media inquiries should be directed to ROOTS Interim Executive Director Arthur Padilla at (206) 632-1635 or arthurp@rootsinfo.org

 

Employment

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
Position Announcement
JOB TITLE:           Overnight Shelter Staff
REPORTS TO:       ROOTS Program Manager
POSITION SUMMARY:

Responsibilities: ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the U-District is seeking candidates for the position of Overnight Shelter Staff. Overnight Shelter Staff help ensure the smooth functioning of our overnight program by training and supporting overnight volunteers, as well as assisting the Overnight Counselor with conflict de-escalation and general overnight and morning shelter operations. This position works overnight shifts in our shelter from 8:00pm-8:30am (Saturday morning shifts will go until 9:30am).

Accountability: The Overnight Shelter Staff reports directly to the Program Manager who will conduct regular 1:1 supervision meetings. During the overnight shift the Overnight Shelter Staff reports to the Overnight Counselor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor the shelter space throughout the night to help ensure the physical and emotional safety of program participants

  • Assist with guest laundry and signing guests in and out of restrooms

  • Train and mentor new Overnight Volunteers, in conjunction with the Volunteer Mentor team

  • Assist Program Managers and Overnight Counselors with rule enforcement and conflict de-escalation

  • Help oversee shelter clean up, including getting shelter guests out of shelter on time

  • Help to supervise and enforce program guidelines, hand out supplies, interact and build positive relationships with guests

  • Delegate tasks to volunteers throughout the overnight shift

  • Complete intake paperwork with new guests

  • Check guests belongings into and out of overnight storage at the beginning and end of each shift

  • Be familiar with shelter policies and practices and written records required by ROOTS and its contracting partners.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Shelter Director, Program Manager, and Overnight Counselor

REQUIREMENTS

  • The chosen candidate will attend The Ropes training, Anti-Oppression 101, Conflict Response, and ROOTS volunteer/staff orientation

  • Complete application and background check

  • Must be 18 years old or older.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team-driven, harm reduction oriented, service organization.

  • Strong conflict de-escalation skills

  • Ability to consistently uphold and explain ROOTS rules and policies

  • Must have highly developed communication skills: ability to communicate the written and spoken word clearly and effectively; ability to communicate to a wide variety of people with ease.

  • Strong understanding of issues related to poverty, oppression, and homelessness

  • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated skill working with those impacted by homelessness and oppression

  • Prior supervision experience preferred

This is a part-time hourly position scheduled for a minimum one or two 12  hour shelter shifts per week Work-Study compensation available for eligible candidates. Compensation is $15/hour.

Open until filled

Send cover letter and resume to:
Kat Ousley, Shelter Director
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA  98105
or e-mail to: kat@rootsinfo.org


ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
Position Announcement
2-3 Openings Available


JOB TITLE:       Overnight On-Call Staff
REPORTS TO:   ROOTS Shelter Director

POSITION SUMMARY: ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the U-District is seeking staff available for on-call shifts from 8pm to 8:30am. This is a paid position ($15 hour) that includes sleeping on-site. We prefer candidates already working in the youth services field who can respond to same-evening phone calls.  These shifts could be any day of the week from 8:00pm – 8:30am.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with set up and clean up shelter areas, help to supervise and enforce program guidelines, hand out supplies, interact and build positive relationships with guests.

  • Do an ‘awake shift’ of 1.5 to 4 hours during the night.

  • Be familiar with shelter policies and practices and written records required by ROOTS and its contracting partners.

  • Reply to requests of need, even if unable to come in for shift.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Volunteer Manager and Executive Director.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend The Ropes training,Anti-Oppression 101, Conflict De-escalation and ROOTS volunteer orientation

  • Complete application and background check

  • Must be 18 years old or older.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must demonstrate ability to work effectively in a volunteer-driven, harm reduction oriented service organization.

  • Must have highly developed communication skills: ability to communicate the written and spoken word clearly and effectively; ability to communicate to a wide variety of people with ease.

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Solid understanding of issues related to poverty and homelessness.

  • Minimum of two years experience in service provision to youth or young adults, preference given to candidates with demonstrated skill among those impacted by homelessness and oppression

This is an on-call hourly position, called in as needs arise at shelter.  Hourly wage is $15.

Open until filled
Send cover letter and resume to:
Kat Ousley, Shelter Director
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA  98105
or e-mail to: kat@rootsinfo.org

 
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