Opportunity Details

Hunger & Homelessness
Families, Homeless
Food Preparation & Meal Services,Other,Caring for People,Collecting, Sorting & Packaging,Counseling

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Safe House Hostess

TITLE: Safe House Hostess


STAFF PARTNER: House Advocate


LOCATIONS: WINGS Domestic Violence Safe Houses, which are in undisclosed locations in the Northwest Suburban area and Midway Airport area.


TIME: Most volunteers cover one or two meal shifts a week. The lunch shift is Monday – Friday from 11:00 to 2pm and the dinner shift is Monday – Friday from 4:00-7:00pm. Occasionally, some other timeslots may be available based on the needs at the house.


COMMITMENT: Requires willingness to commit to a weekly shift for at least one (1) year. Advance notice is requested in the event of a cancellation so we can schedule a substitute.



  • Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training (provided by WINGS three (3) times a year.) Background check is required.

  • Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity.

  • A commitment to keeping the location confidential.



    - Assist in the daily meal times at the Safe House by: warming up, setting out and putting away a previously prepared lunch or dinner for clients and workers at the Safe House.

    • Interact with clients during meal times to promote constructive and friendly conversations with and between the clients.

    - Promote a positive environment by lending a listening ear to someone who wants to talk, engaging more hesitant clients in conversation to help them feel welcomed and comfortable.

    - Help clients with daily living tasks, including: explaining kitchen and dining room chores, assisting clients with cleaning up after themselves and their children.

    - Organizing and sorting weekly food donations in both the Safe House walk-in fridge and pantry. Hostess volunteers also make sure that clients have enough food items (milk, butter, cereal, etc.) in the communal area and restock if needed.

    - Other duties are assigned to Hostess volunteers based on volunteer interest and current shelter need (Examples include: suggesting or facilitating simple activities (such as a card game or new toy) to adults or to parents trying to entertain children,).





    - You are looking for a volunteer opportunity that provides direct service to clients.

    - You are able to lift about 30 lbs.

    - You are a good listener and able to give empathy and options without giving advice.

    - You are able to say calm, even when others become upset or emotional.

    - You have strong boundaries and are able to demonstrate those to others.

    - You are willing to support women in their choices; even choices you may not agree with.

    - You feel comfortable working with people in a diverse environment in regards to social-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion.

  • You are comfortable with varying levels of activity. (Sometimes the house is very full and busy. Other times the residents spend much of their time away.)

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Volunteers needed through 2/16/2022

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