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.

 

You can help! Items needed at Wayfarer’s House

Wayfarer’s House, our home for women and families, is in need of several items.  Please contact us if you happen to have any of these to donate, new or gently used, or if you wish to make a donation to help us acquire these items you can do so at the “Donate” button above.  So please check around the house and ask your friends…

  • Window Air Conditioner
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Television
  • Computers (Windows Vista/7 or above, Apple, desktop or laptop)

Contact Gladys at 410-398-4381.  We sincerely appreciate all your support.

 

 

Summer Months at the Mary Randall Center

Please remember that the homeless continue to have many needs during the summer months. The homeless come to the Mary Randall Center (401 North Street, Elkton) to have breakfast and take showers. We are in dire need of sugar, creamer, coffee, cereal, trash bags, hair conditioner, disposable razors, q-tips, tea/lemonade mix, men’s deodorant and feminine hygiene products. Your donations help us to help them. In addition to having coffee and taking showers, the homeless receive case management–referrals to community services, help with resume writing, job referrals and encouragement to move to self sufficiency.

Indische Rijsttafel Indonesian Feast Fundraiser

This fundraiser for Meeting Ground developed out of an auction item at the “Taste of Meeting Ground”. Its popularity sparked the contributors to host a ticketed event for anyone who wants to join in the tasty fun! This is a multi-course meal of authentic Indonesian food to be held on Sunday, August 9th at 6:00pm. The suggested ticket donation is $35 and can be purchased by calling Seetha at 302-981-5841 or Marijke at 410-392-4836. Click here for more information.

IndonesianFeast Fundraiser

“Open Table” Informational Meeting

 

Many of you are familiar with the faces within the homeless community, wonder how they are doing, and if they will find their way out of this bleak period of their lives called homelessness. Observing this firsthand during the Emergency Rotating Shelter (ERS) season,  you may long to do even more. I wanted to share with you a possible opportunity to support someone through and out of homelessness by being a part of a unique model called Open Table which aims to do just that.

The idea is that we surround an individual with a team of caring and committed people such as yourself, to brainstorm with and on behalf of that person to steer him or her through and out of homelessness via various resources.

For a far better explanation of this Open Table concept, please see the link below to view a short video explaining how each church may be a huge part of the process of guiding someone to a place they call home — and as believers, in every sense of the word.

There is an exploratory meeting on Monday, June 29th at 7:00pm at the Mary Randall Center, 401 North Street in Elkton. Please attend if you’d like to know more about this program.

Quarter Auction Fundraiser – Friday, May 15

Meeting Ground will be hosting a fundraiser this week in the form of a Quarter Auction, which will be held on Friday, May 15 at the Moose Lodge 851 at 71 Cherry Hill Road in Elkton (at the corner of Cherry Hill Road and Rt. 213). The doors open at 6:00pm and the auction will begin at 7:00pm. Food and desserts will be available to purchase throughout the evening. Paddles are $3 or 2 for $5. Great door prizes!! Vendors will include Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Jamberry, ViVI, Origami Owl, This and That, Under Armour and Snack Baskets. If you’ve never been to a Quarter Auction, it’s great fun bidding on items with quarters!!

“Taste of Meeting Ground” Food and Wine Tasting a Success

Thank you to everyone who supported our Taste of Meeting Ground fundraiser by either attending the wine tasting or donating auction items. We were able to raise more than $15,000 for our mission. A huge shout-out to those businesses who donated to our cause: Elk Forge B&B for donating their beautiful space to host the event, State Line Liquors for their choice of donated wines, and to the restaurants and catering services for their food donations: Bayard House, Daddy O’s, Hurricane’s Grill and Wings, Port Side Grill, Woody’s Crab House and Your Personal Chef Catering. We look forward to doing it again next year!

A Taste of Meeting Ground Wine and Food Tasting

Meeting Ground’s Board of Directors is excited to announce that our 2nd annual Wine and Food Tasting Fundraiser on Friday, April 17th is SOLD OUT!  We are looking forward to a fun time at the event at Elk Forge Bed and Breakfast Inn. State Line Liquors is providing the wine for tasting and restaurants including Daddy O’s, Hurricane’s Wings and Grill, Port House Grill, Woody’s Crab House and Bayard House are providing the food tastings. If you don’t have a ticket, we’ll catch you next year!

George Porter House Meeting

The Meeting Ground Board of Directors would like to invite you to an information session regarding the future of the George Porter House on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Mary Randall Center. (401 North Street, Elkton). We will discuss the history, mission and future of the property with respect to the mission of Meeting Ground. The Board of Directors has discussed the George Porter House over many months and would like to have all interested parties in attendance for an announcement about the future of this property. Board members will be on hand to present information and answer your questions.

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