Goal of Program:The mission of Christ House is to provide comprehensive and compassionate health care to sick and homeless men and to assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness. We accomplish our mission by: 1) Providing hospitality.; 2) Supporting patients in their healing through a holistic approach.; 3) Empowering individuals on their path toward stability.; 4) Creating community. We provide 24-hour nursing/medical care, social services, addictions counseling, structured community activities, food, clothing, and a safe place to rest and recover for all patients. Our program seeks to treat immediate medical needs of patients and attempts to find suitable and supportive housing placements for patients upon discharge.
Type of Placement:Year-long volunteers: Nurse, Homeless Respite Care Assistant, Activities Coordinator, Clinical Unit Assistant, Case Management Assistant and Administration Assistant.
Service Area:Washington, DC
Service Length:Long-term: 12 months, can be renewed for a second year. The volunteer year begins in June each year through June the following year.
Requirements:Desire to work with those who are homeless, coping with addictions, and have various physical and mental health needs.; Be willing to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and some holidays. Live and fully participate in the Emmanuel House community, including weekly Community Nights. Commit to being present in mind, heart, and body throughout the year of service. Actively contribute to the Christ House mission of “providing comprehensive health care to sick, homeless men and women and to assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness." Provide documentation of eligibility for employment and routine immunizations. Must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the program, submit our on-line volunteer application packet (including a completed application and three reference forms), and undergo an interview process.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board in a fully furnished row house, health, dental and vision insurance (if needed), monthly stipend of $125 (after taxes), accrued time off (vacation, sick, and holiday leave).
Living Arrangements:Intentional year-long residential community at Emmanuel House, including room and board (one block from Christ House).
Program Size:Seven to eight year-long volunteers.
Training:Christ House provides on-site training. An orientation is held in early June for year-long volunteers. Volunteers also participate in two retreats and monthly in service trainings throughout the year.
Application Deadline:Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning December 1st each year. Inquiries are always welcome.