Volunteer Attendant Policies
All volunteers must sign a volunteer agreement form. Please click the link below to sign the agreement. You only have to do this once a year.
- Every volunteer must fill out the Volunteer Agreement Form, available online. Every volunteer must read these policies and procedures.
- Every volunteer is to sign in on the volunteer sign in sheet in the designated volunteer area before each shift noting name, date, and time
- No guests are allowed in the volunteer designation area
- In the volunteer designated area is the first aid kit and clean up kit
- Check smoking schedule and rules
- Each guest and volunteer are solely responsible for their personal items should theft/damage occur while with The Refuge and any of its affiliates
- Each guest is responsible for their own medication
Contact your on-call nurse if you need any assistance. Find out from your manager who the nurse is that is on call. The first-aid kit contains many supplies needed for various ailments or injuries. Please use as needed.
Make sure that you contact your manager let them know he/she is sick and what procedures have been followed.
When and how to use the first aid kitThe first aid kit will be in the designated for volunteer area. This kit contains many supplies needed for various ailments or injuries. Please use as needed.
If using over the Over The Counter topical creams and/or medications such as Tylenol or other, please use the OTC form located in The Refuge Folder.Once you fill out the form, please place the form back into The Refuge Folder.
What are guidelines for interacting with guests?
- Please use caution when sharing personal information, such as your phone number, address, etc. with the guests.
- Do not let guests use your cell phone for any reason other than an emergency.
- Please respect a guests’ privacy. Do not share information with anyone outside of The Refuge and only if necessary. If you should see them in public, please do not speak about his/her being homeless.
- Please do not give our guests gifts of money. If you see a need, contact your manager or a Refuge board member.
- Do not attempt to counsel our guests. If you should become aware of what you consider to be a potentially serious or dangerous situation, such as a threat to harm self, please contact the manager. If it is an immediate emergency, call 911.
- Should a guest choose to leave at any point, they may; but they are not allowed to return to the Restoration Center, or other overnight location, that night, unless it is due to a medical emergency, and with permission from the manager
- Guests are informed that his/her children, age 17 and under, must be accompanied by a parent/guardian AT ALL TIMES. Children are not allowed in the care of another guest. NO exceptions!
How do I handle a conflict with a guest?
If a guest becomes disruptive or disrespectful towards any other guest or staff proceed with the following:
- A guest should be DISMISSED IMMEDIATELY from The Refuge Host Site for the following:
- Exhibit acts of violence towards other guests, a volunteer, or other staff.
- Exhibit inappropriate physical contact of any nature between adults or inappropriate contact between an adult and a child. Inappropriate physical contact is strictly prohibited for guests, volunteers, and staff.
- No acts of disrespect towards other guests, volunteers, or staff.
- No abusive language will be tolerated
- No bullying toward any persons
- No smoking indoors
- No possessing any items that are not allowed in The Refuge
- Knives, scissors, or weapons of any kind
- Medications not cataloged by The Refuge Check-in Associates
- Please contact your manager if a guest has an item they are not allowed to have
What do I do if a guest is coming later to the Host Site?
Sometimes we have guests that must work or have meetings that are after normal check-in times. If there is a guest arriving late, follow these guidelines:
- When the guest arrives check that he/she is only bringing in items necessary for overnight
- Give them the Alcolmeter test located in the traveling suitcase (3 step directions provided)
- Ask for they have new medications that need to be logged
- Perform COVID procedures
All of our homeless guests are provided a proper meal each night. The meal should be at the Restoration Center by 6:30pm. Volunteers providing dinner need to deliver meals in an individual ready to go box for each guest. This can be a home cooked meal or a purchased meal (ie: KFC/Pizza). If individual ready-to-go boxes cannot be done, meals maybe delivered in bulk (chili, sloppy-joes, and the like) and served by staff; this must be pre-arranged. Donations are also requested for breakfasts and lunch during the day. Food Safe Service guidelines are required. No training is needed for this position.
What are the rules for lights out?
- Lights out are at 10 PM. Only exceptions are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years.
- Quiet time is 9 PM and that means that everyone including volunteers should keep the volume and activity down.
- At 10 PM lights are out, and everyone must go to his/her sleeping area.
Dial 911 For Any Medical Emergency Or If You Suspect The Safety Of The Guests, Volunteers, Or Yourself, Is In Question.