Volunteers for Emergency Shelter for Teenagers


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2100 Gallows RoadVienna, VA 22182


Teens ages 13-17 years old stay at the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers for two-weeks while they sort through a family crisis. During their stay the teens participate in individual, group and family counseling and get free time to relax. They also attend their own schools. The Shelter houses up to 8 teenagers at a time. The Shelter is located in Vienna, near Tysons Corner.

Volunteers at the Emergency Shelter for Teens assist the counselors with daily activities. Participate in and co-lead life skills groups on topics such as communication skills, self-esteem, anger management, substance abuse and more. Lead recreation activities. Talk informally with the teens offering them encouragement and support. Prepare and share meals with residents. Answer crisis hotline calls. Be a helping hand and listening ear to teens in crisis.

Opportunities are available 7 days a week between 9am and 10pm. Volunteers must commit to one shift each week that is 3-4 hours long for 6 months to 1 year or longer. Training is provided and background checks (costs $40) are required.

Our current availability is:

Sunday- 9am-1pm

Tuesday- 9am-12pm & 2:30pm-5:30pm

Friday- 9am-1:30pm

Saturday- 6pm-10pm

**Additionally, it is mandatory that those interested in a longer-term volunteer opportunity attend an Open Door Information Session. Our Sessions are held every second Tuesday of the month, at 10am, 3pm and 6pm for no longer than one hour. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about our programs, tour the Emergency Shelter for Teens, and ask any questions you may have regarding volunteering at the end of the Session. Please RSVP for the Open Door Information Session if you would like to attend, as space is limited. Our Open Door Information Sessions are held at our Emergency Shelter for Teens located near Tysons Corner shopping mall. Our address is:
2100 Gallows Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182

I would also recommend checking out our different programs as listed on our web site,www.thealternativehouse.org.

The best way to start the volunteer application process is to go to our website, www.TheAlternativeHouse.org and click on the "Volunteer" link. You can check out all of our volunteer opportunities and fill out and submit an application through our web site.


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least one shift per week for 6 months-1year
  • training will be provided, background checks-$40

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