Emergency Rotating Shelter Opens on Monday

Meeting Ground is blessed to partner with local churches and other organizations to offer the community an emergency rotating winter homeless shelter. We are excited that ERS opens this Monday, November 30th. The Cecil Whig ran a great article featuring this service. We always need volunteers for intake and drivers for the van and there are two full weeks still open.

http://www.cecildaily.com/news/local_news/article_1654e221-6fde-5933-abc1-3afc75026dcf.html

Giving Tuesday – Help with our “Van Fund”

Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/26 a day to give thanks; Black Friday 11/27 a day to shop for bargains; Giving Tuesday, 12/1 a day to help Meeting Ground by donating to our “Van Fund”.  We are in need to purchase two vans, one for Wayfarer’s House (women’s shelter) and one for Settlement House (Cecil County’s Men Shelter) to help transport our residents to medical appointments,  court and social services dates and job interviews. Many veterans have early morning doctor appointments and the van is used to transport them to Baltimore. Please consider donating on December 1, 2015 — GIVING TUESDAY — to help us purchase a new van. Even a small donation can make a big difference. Just go to our website www.meetingground.org, click on “Donate”, check “Van fund” and then enter the amount you would like to donate. You can also send a check to Meeting Ground, P.O. Box 808, Elkton, MD 21921.

See the Cecil Whig article:

http://www.cecildaily.com/news/local_news/article_875f73c1-4d8f-52fd-a5dd-5a28a687aae1.html

 

 

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day 2015

The National Consumer Advisory Board, the National Coalition for the Homeless, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council call on our constituents to organize or take part in Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day events on or around December 21st, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.

At these events each year, we remember those who have died and we strengthen our resolve to work for a world where no life is lived or lost in homelessness. We state clearly, together with others in scores of communities across our nation, that no person should die for lack of housing.

Each Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day event is unique to its community, but the events often include readings of names, candles, prayers, personal remembrances, marches, and moments of silence. They are often held outdoors, sometimes – fittingly – in the bitter cold. These events honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our collective failure to adequately address homelessness, and often include calls to address the systemic causes of tragically avoidable deaths.

Meeting Ground, along with other agencies will hold Cecil County’s Homeless Person’s Memorial Service in Elkton on December 21st. Stay tuned for more details.

Marsha’s Christmas Barn Coming Soon

Marsha’s Christmas Barn is right around the corner. The yearly event will be held on December 17 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Elkton United Methodist Church. DSC_4502If you are interested in donating for this Toys For Tots event or to volunteer at the event or prior to it, please call our coordinator Althea Simmons
at 443-619-2169. This event is held yearly to assist families with Christmas and is in memory of Marsha Mazza,

"Shopping" table at Marsha's Christmas Barn

“Shopping” table at Marsha’s Christmas Barn

co-founder of Meeting Ground. We especially need gifts for children 0-2 and 12-18 in age. We are also looking for donations for cookies and other treats. Gifts can be dropped off at Wayfarer’s House, 107 Delaware Avenue in Elkton. 

North Elk Coffee House Events

Each month from September through May, our friends at St. Mary’s Anne’s Episcopal Church in North East hold a coffee house featuring different music each month. It’s always a great evening of music and fellowship. On Saturday, November 21, Heather Pierson will return to the stage after a well-received show last year. She was the most popular performer of the season! Roadside Shack will open for Heather at 6:45. The Coffee House is located at St. Mary Anne’s Parish Hall at 315 S. Main Street in North East. 410-287-5522. Proceeds go to support Meeting Ground’s missions. Come on out for great music. For more info about this year’s performers go to: http://www.stmaryanne.org/coffee-house

Winter Emergency Rotating Shelter – Help Needed!!

Meeting Ground is once again assisting those who need emergency shelter during the cold winter months by coordinating a rotating shelter with local churches in Cecil County. The rotating shelter will begin on November 30 and run through March 21, but we need churches’ assistance during several weeks. The responsibility would include making and serving hot dinners for 25-35 people for a week and providing hosts and hostess to supervise the shelter during the evening and overnight, either at their own church or Five Rivers Church in Elkton. For more information, contact Pat or Shenise at 410-620-3128.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Friday October 2, 2015, at Art Space on Main, will be the Empty Bowls Event to raise funds for Wayfarer’s House.  Hand-crafted bowls and delicious food for a great cause.  Check out the link here for all the details!

http://artspaceonmain.com/we-are-eco-friendly/

Bakers Needed!

Meeting Ground will be offering baked goods for sale at the Chesapeake City Car Show on Saturday August 22nd, 2015.  If you would be willing to bake and donate even just one baked good to the inventory we would greatly appreciate it!  You can contact Joann for more information on what to bake and how to get it to us, by emailing her at jpalaisa1 @ comcast. net (without the spaces!).   If baking is not your thing, but eating baked goods is your thing, then come by the car show and visit us there to make your purchase!  More information about the Car Show can be found here:  http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/chesapeakecity/page-6.php

Meeting Ground is now hiring for the following positions:


Emergency Services Program Aide

General Purpose of Position

The Emergency Services Program Aide assists the efficient functioning of the Mary Randall Center and the Rotating Winter Shelter, such that these programs are places of hospitality, safety, education, community, participation, spiritual growth, and re-integration into society. The Emergency Services Program Aide is responsible for: ensuring the safety and health of program participants; helping so that program goals are accomplished; and promoting a positive environment for staff, guests, and volunteers.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of Position

  1. Maintain control and maintenance of the internal and external environment of the Mary Randall Center.
  2. Assist program participants to move them forward and enable them to become self-sufficient.
  3. Oversee the intake process for the Emergency Rotating Shelter including the use of drug tests and /or breathalyzer as necessary.
  4. Collect information and data necessary for the Mary Randall Center and Emergency Rotating Shelter.
  5. Perform routine housekeeping duties to ensure a healthy, welcoming environment.
  6. Drive guests to and from the Emergency Rotating Shelter and as needed at other times.
  7. Adapt to change in a professional manner.
  8. Maintain regular, on-time attendance.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Requirements of the Position

  1. High School Diploma or G.E.D.; one (1) or more years’ experience working with persons experiencing homelessness or other vulnerable populations.
  2. Familiarity with homelessness issues facing the region and an understanding of the unique characteristics and patterns of rural homelessness.
  3. Demonstrated ability to be flexible, tolerant, and to work in a meaningful and compassionate manner with persons of diverse backgrounds, economic status, age, and life experiences.
  4. Strong listening and interpersonal skills, especially conflict resolution skills.
  5. Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks while adhering to deadlines.
  6. A valid driver’s license is required.

Compensation

This is a part time (20-25 hours per week) position paying $9.00 per hour. Hours are variable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested persons who meet the minimum qualifications of this position are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume to Patricia N. Marks, Executive Director of Meeting Ground via email at pnmarks @ meetingground.org (without spaces) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday August 14, 2015. Following screening of credentials, interviews will be scheduled.

 


 

Program Director Cecil County Men’s Shelter

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program Director is responsible for assuring the efficient functioning of the Cecil County Men’s Shelter such that the program is a place of hospitality, safety, education, community participation, spiritual growth, and re-integration into society on a path to home.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

Program Development and Resident Support

Develops and facilitates resident support of all kinds, including accessing community services for employment, transportation, housing, physical and mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence, as well as assisting residents in developing resumes, educational options, etc.

Assists residents in formulating individual goals and setting priorities and exploring pathways with residents to reach these goals.

Communicates, and enforces program expectations, rules and policies.

Provides necessary documentation for schools, Department of Social Services, Housing Authority, Section 8, Veteran’s Administration, etc.

Maintains standards and procedures to ensure each resident’s privacy; while maintaining secure confidential files that include records to document resident’s needs, goals, and progress.

Makes admission and discharge decisions in accordance with Meeting Grounds’ and Cecil County Men’s Shelter’s policies and mission that are consistent with program guidelines.

Leadership and Facilitation

Ensures the program and its facility is a place of safety, respect, and encouragement towards human transformation.

Supervises and provides proper management of all aspects of the program, including but not limited to finances, coordination of volunteers, residents and groups, crisis management, food management, appearance of the house and grounds, and tracking the acceptance and use of in-kind donations.

Works in conjunction with the appropriate agency staff to ensure the proper use and maintenance of vehicles, facilities –especially the fire and electrical systems, and appliances. Reports necessary repairs or emergencies to the Executive Director in a timely manner.

Administration and Communication

Monitors program budget and ensures that all cash donations and savings are collected, recorded, and deposited according to the program’s policies and procedures.

Ensures distributions of funds are distributed and recorded according to agency’s policies and procedures.

Submits all weekly, monthly, and annual program records to the Executive Director.

Communicates current and impending program needs to the Executive Director in a timely basis, and works with agency staff to acquire necessary information to seek grants or provide reports to funding authorities.

Community Involvement and Volunteers

Develops and maintains an effective site volunteer program, while providing support and supervision for program volunteers to help make valuable contributions to the community.

Builds relationships with individuals and community organizations that provide services for residents, such as Veteran’s Administration, Social Services, Churches, Health Department, Community Kitchen, Upper Bay Counseling, healthcare providers, etc.

Supervises site community assistance programs such as the distributions of Food Box, donations, Christmas toys, etc.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION

  1. A degree from an accredited university, or equivalent experience in a program for homelessness.
  2. Familiarity with homelessness issues facing the Delmarva and Pennsylvania Region and an understanding of the unique characteristics and patterns of rural homelessness including the related issues of mental illness and substance abuse.
  3. Demonstrated ability to be flexible, tolerant, and to work in a meaningful and compassionate manner with persons of diverse backgrounds, economic status, age, and life experiences.
  4. Strong listening and interpersonal skills, especially conflict resolution skills.
  5. Strong leadership and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks while adhering to deadlines.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills including a familiarity with Microsoft Office and is confident communicating across a wide variety of platforms to a wide variety of audiences.
  7. Experience in program management, supervision, and fiscal management.

 

SALARY

The proposed salary range for the Program Director is $40,000–$42,0000 depending upon applicant’s experience and training. This full-time, salaried position offers a fringe benefit package that includes health care, 403(b) retirement plan, and leave benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested persons who meet the minimum qualifications of this position are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume to Patricia N. Marks, Executive Director of Meeting Ground via email at pnmarks @ meetingground.org (without spaces) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015 Following screening of credentials, interviews will be scheduled.

 

We, the community of Meeting Ground, respect and serve persons at-risk of, or experiencing, homelessness by: meeting basic human needs, connecting people to services, fostering spiritual and emotional well-being, and advocating for those whose voices need to be heard with the goal of creating a path to a place they call home.

 

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