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ORGANIZATION: Catholic Community Volunteer Services of SW Washington


Nativity House Shelter is looking for volunteers who speak Arabic.

Translation apps are great but nothing can replace human connection, especially when people are in crisis.

Nativity House Shelter is looking volunteers who can help translate between staff and shelter guests so we can better understand needs and more effectively meet those needs.

We're looking for volunteers who can greet guests, help serve on the food line, run the clothing bank, assist shelter staff in the Day Center. Guests with strong translation skills may be asked to assist Case Managers during meetings with clients.

Scheduling is flexible but we're looking for bilingual volunteers for direct service roles.

What to know:

  • Nativity House Shelter is a 167-bed shelter for adult men & women experiencing homelessness.
  • Nativity House is not a family shelter (no kids)
  • The shelter consists of an overnight shelter (with gender specific dorms) and a Day Center where anyone is welcome from 7 am to 4:30 pm.
  • We serve meals 3 times per day
  • All services are free
  • The shelter is staffed 24/7 and is open every day.

How to get started

Interested in joining our volunteer team? Please register online using the link below:

Not into online registrations? Contact to request a registration packet. Forms can be sent to you via email, fax or mail.

Once your volunteer registration has been received, our volunteer coordinator will processes your background check (done at no cost to volunteers) and contacts references. Once that’s competed, you’ll be invited to attend an orientation and can start scheduling volunteer shifts based on what you want to do and your availability. Scheduling is flexible.

The Basics

  • Volunteers MUST be at least 18 years old to volunteer at the shelter
  • Volunteers must sign a Covid-19 liability waiver in order to participate
  • Volunteers must pass a background check
  • Volunteers working with food are required to wear gloves and hairnets for food safety purposes (HUGE plus if you have a food handlers permit)

Why it matters

As Maya Angelou said, "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

It is very hard to ask for help, especially when English may not be your first language. Bilingual volunteers can help us bridge language barriers, help us understand nuanced situations, and help get guests the assistance they need. There's also something to be said about making people feel safe and welcome in our space. That piece matters a lot.

Covid-19 Safety

Masking requirements have been dropped as of March 2023 but mask are still available for volunteers who wish to wear them. We will not ask your vaccination status. Anyone presenting Covid-19 symptoms or generally not feeling well must stay home until they are well again.

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About Catholic Community Volunteer Services of SW Washington


1323 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405, US

Mission Statement

At Catholic Community Services we believe every child should grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. The elderly should be able to live with security and dignity. A healthy family life should be affirmed and supported in our communities. Compassion, love and respect for all people, especially the poor and most vulnerable. In joining with others to change systems that oppress, discriminate or otherwise cause human suffering. Employees and volunteers should work in an environment that fosters respect, teamwork and excellence. In all of these things for all people, whatever their color, whatever language they speak or however they worship.


Volunteer Services provides low-income adults (anyone 18 years old or older) who have temporary or permanent functional disabilities, including those associated with aging. The people we serve can not afford to purchase the kinds of service we provide, do not qualify for assistance from other sources and do not have family or friends available to help them. Service is provided on an as-volunteers-are-available basis. There are never any fees for the services provided.


Homeless & Housing
Immigrants & Refugees
Community, Homeless & Housing, Immigrants & Refugees


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Nativity House Shelter702 South 14th StreetTacoma, WA 98405



  • Arabic
  • Bilingual
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible.

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