Shelter Support Volunteer

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Simpson Housing Services, Inc.

Shelter Support Volunteers assist the shelter staff with managing our emergency shelter. The shelter provides a safe and dignified space for 22 women and 44 men every night. We provide housing advocacy, healthcare services, toiletry and basic clothing supplies, showers, lockers, and three meals a day. Our goal is to help our shelter guests move into safe, affordable, and stable housing as soon as possible.

Sample Volunteer Tasks

Evening Shift

4:45 PM - 5 PM: Get to know staff, make coffee.

5 PM - 6 PM: Assist with checking in the shelter guests.

6 PM - 7 PM: Become familiar with shelter supplies and prepare to open the supply room at 6:30 PM.

7 PM - 8 PM: Enjoy dinner with the shelter guests.

8 PM - 10 PM: Talk with guests, distribute supplies, make coffee.

Overnight Shift

9 PM - 11 PM: Get to know staff, the other volunteer, and guests. Assist with dishes and laundry.

11 PM - 4 AM: Sleep in the secure volunteer sleeping room.

4 AM - 6 AM: Make coffee, set up breakfast cereal, assists with laundry, and fulfills wake-up requests.


This volunteer opportunity is available 7 days a week, year round. Volunteers may sign up for a 4:45 PM - 10 PM shift, a 9 PM - 7 AM shift, or both on the same day.


The experience you gain as a volunteer will develop and hone skills that are useful in school, a career, and life. Upon your request, we will provide a letter of recommendation for school, work, or scholarship. Skills practiced at the shelter include:

  • Active listening techniques
  • Multi-cultural communication
  • Healthy professional boundaries
  • Ability to be assertive

Volunteers gain a deeper appreciation for their lifestyle and enjoy a new network of people by meeting shelter staff and other volunteers.

Volunteer Process

1. Complete our online volunteer application at

2. Christina Giese will contact you to schedule a 15 minute phone interview

3. Attend a 2 hour orientation, including a shelter tour

4. Complete a criminal background check

5. Sign up for a Shadow Shift, your hands-on training at the shelter

7. Commit to volunteering 50 hours in a six month period.

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Simpson Housing Services' Emergency Shelter2740 First Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN 55408






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • A minimum of 50 hours within 6 months.
  • Simpson Housing Services is looking for responsible, reliable, and respectful volunteers who have

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