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Finding Home

Chyenne has been with HomePlate since 2015, first being introduced through our-Sit N-Stay program. Since then, she's attended drop-ins regularly, but always struggled with finding a safe place to call home. This year, Chyenne had her first child and was determined to find a stable place for her, her daughter, and partner Lulu.

Spotlight on Roxanne, Day Drop-in Volunteer

Roxanne has been volunteering at HomePlate since November 2016, and started shortly after we opened our new office and drop-in space in central Beaverton. We truly couldn’t run the space as well without her consistent and cheerful presence! On Tuesday afternoons she is busy welcoming youth, sorting in-kind donations, and keeping our space tidy and well-stocked. She helps us make the space feel homey, and helps youth find the clothing or hygiene supplies they need.
 

HomePlate is hiring an Operations Coordinator!


HomePlate Job Opening

 

POSITION: Operations Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
FLSA STATUS: Part-time 20-26 hours/week

LOCATION: Beaverton, OR

 

 

HomePlate, a grass roots youth drop-in and street outreach non-profit, established in 2005, offers hot meals, showers, resources, referrals, recreation, and positive interactions with adults. Located in Washington County and serving young people ages 12-24, HomePlate provides services to over 500 youth per year. Our mission is to support the positive development of young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability through community building, education, access to services and resources, and youth empowerment. HomePlate successfully connects community members and at-risk youth together in relationship in order to engage youth towards meeting their education, housing, employment, medical, and dental needs, etc. We encourage you to visit our website at www.HomePlateYouth.org to learn more. We are looking for someone who has great passion for youth and young adults as well as great operations skills.

 

Overview

The Operations Coordinator supports the HomePlate mission and staff by ensuring the functionality and efficient operation.  The position includes overseeing key administrative, HR, financial, and IT-related functions. You will work closely with our team to strengthen our cloud-based infrastructure and financial processes, and ensuring our policies and procedures are as clear and unburdensome as possible. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

          Office Management

·         Oversee activities related to the upkeep of the office, such as paying utility bills and ordering office supplies. 

·         Ensure the basic functionality, maintenance or improvements are coordinated (e.g., heat, internet, IT, cleaning, exterior grounds, etc.)

·         Maintain office/operations budget.

 

□          Operations Management

·         Expense reporting:  On a monthly basis, process all expense documentation, reconcile it against the monthly bank statements and submit to bookkeeper. 

·         Manage and maintain relationships with vendors, making sure that all items are invoiced, paid on time, and coded correctly in our accounting system.

·         Document Management:  Ensure that the operations procedures followed are clearly documented and maintained in a structured and standardized format and office policies are up to date and posted.

·         Improve and maintain the filing system for HomePlate documents and documents shared organization-wide on our cloud-based system (Google Drive & Microsoft Office 365).

·         Operations Improvement:  Regularly assess policies, processes, and procedures and recommend improvements to the Executive Director.

□          HR Management

·         Oversee the onboarding and offboarding of HomePlate employees, guiding them through paperwork processes and ensuring their needs are met.

·         Manage activities related to payroll, timesheets, PTO, and health insurance, providing accurate information to our HR account companies and bookkeeper.

·         Keep staff updated with trainings (CPR, first aid, etc)

 

□          Communications:

·         Maintain calendar of staff events, meetings, and retreats.

·         Plan and implement meeting and event coordination logistics including scheduling, room reservations, materials and food preparation.

·         Maintain relationship and communicate with landlord.

 

□          Other Duties

·         Provide general assistance and support, as directed by Executive Director.

·         Serve as HomePlate’s logistical problem solver. Can get it done or quickly find someone to handle new challenges that arise.

 

 

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

 

      Able to work independently and self-manage to achieve goals while being a strong team player

      Exercises excellent independent judgment and ownership of decisions (creative problem solving, meeting needs with limited resources)

      Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities in unstructured, sometimes chaotic environment.

      Proficient personal computing skills including Google and Microsoft suite applications (e.g., Spreadsheets, Word processing, Email, Calendar, etc.)

      At least 1 year operational/administrative experience

      Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

      Able to quickly learn and become proficient in new software and online applications

      Receptive to feedback and modifying systems/processes to be more efficient and accessible to staff

      Able to effectively negotiate on behalf of the organization with vendors and suppliers

      Willing to embrace and actively support the unique culture and values of HomePlate

      Preferred: Valid driver’s license and access to automobile (mileage reimbursement is provided).

      Ability to pass a criminal background check

 

We hope that you are highly organized, but not rigid, a person who learns and gets stuff done quickly while always keeping an eye out for opportunities to improve our work. You should be tech-savvy and good with numbers and people, because you will be the primary contact for co-workers on questions related to benefits, technology, and financial processes.

 

Pay and Benefits

Hourly: Starting at $17.07/hr. Employer paid 79% for medical & 100% for dental benefits for employees (over 26 hrs/week) and 50% covered for dependents, $500 HRA; paid time off. 

HomePlate values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

 

To Apply: Send a résumé, application questions (below), and a cover letter that clearly states how your background and skills/abilities make you well suited for the position.  Email your application materials to: jobs@homeplateyouth.org.  Because of the volume of applications, please understand that we will not be able to respond to email or phone inquiries, but all applicants will receive responses regarding the status of the application process.  Open until April 24th.

 

         Every duty in the job description is based on having excellent organization skills and decision making. Give an example of a time you were given some direction and the steps you did to complete the project.

         What interests you most about this position and HomePlate?

         What qualities do you think are necessary to make a success of this job?  Why do you believe you hold them?

         What do you believe the barriers to ending homelessness are? What do you believe is the reason that homelessness exists in Washington County?

         What does the following mean to you: “Relationships rather than rules – because in the end it’s about people.”

 

Thank you for your interest in HomePlate.

 

 

 

Operations Coord job description 4.17.pdf
Youth Get Jobs!!!

This has been a very exciting month for several youth here at HomePlate! With the support of many volunteers and staff, and our brand new office, the Youth Employment Program has already reached dozens of youth, with almost 20 of them working on job-readiness training. Last month the Sonrise Job Fair proved to be a great opportunity for several of our youth to get to know nearly 30 employers in the local community and connect with them for employment— one youth even found two jobs through the fair.

 

All in one week--Two youth have connected with Tom Com, LLC, where they will participate in a paid internship gaining valuable experience in the fiber optics intdustry. Through WorkSource another young person who has been struggling to find stability will soon begin a paid internship experience, and he will apply for our Sit-n-Stay program this summer.

 

Here at HomePlate, we are grateful for our donors and partners because they contribute so much to the continued success of our youth in their pursuit of stability and prosperity. With the opening of our new office we have truly expanded our services and especially our Youth Employment Program.

 

If you are interested in learning more or becoming a community partner, please contact Christi Doud at Christi@homeplateyouth.org or 971-400-0551. 

Spotlight on Debbie at the Beaverton Public Library

If you’ve ever been to the Beaverton Public Library you have probably been greeted by Debbie’s warm smile. Not only is Debbie the custodian at the Beaverton Public Library but she is also one of Washington County’s greatest advocates for folks experiencing housing instability and homelessness. Debbie can often be seen chatting up the regulars, scurrying around getting snacks for folks who are hungry, and making referrals to Sunshine Food Pantry and HomePlate Youth Services. 

 

When the HomePlate Outreach Team visits the library each afternoon, Debbie always greets them with uplifting energy. She tells the Team about youth she told about HomePlate and introduces them to young people who may be looking for services. She has even been known to meet young people and walk them over to the HomePlate office herself.

From all of us at HomePlate, thank you, Debbie! 

, Your Support Makes a Difference!

It’s an exciting time at HomePlate! Each week our new space is busier and busier as youth learn from our Outreach Team about our Tuesday afternoon drop-in. Youth are also making daily appointments to meet our new Employment Coordinator, Christi, and she has been very busy helping them fill out resumes and find jobs. It is all possible because of your investment in the young people of our community. 

 

Because of your generous support, we’re able to help youth get their IDs to apply for employment and housing. In the bitter weather we provided a place to warm up, eat a snack, find a heavy coat or sleeping bag. You helped us keep our Youth Pantry well-stocked and made yummy dinners for our evening drop-ins. Office volunteers help keep us organized and provide a welcoming presence. Community volunteers provide cooking classes, crafts, games, and outside excursions. These are so important to a sense of mastery and belonging. 

 

Some of the youth we serve are expecting babies or are new parents. With your generous support, these young parents have been able to feed, clothe, and house their children. It was very special to see these parents find gifts for their children at the December Holiday Store that you made possible.

  

 

Most importantly, you’ve helped to make HomePlate a unique place where youth feel they can ask for support and feel like they belong no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, or disability. Thank you for helping us to make HomePlate a safe and caring place for the past twelve years! 

, Monday Night Drop-in to Move to Beaverton

In an effort to consolidate our resources, we are moving our Monday night drop-in to the Beaverton First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on February 6, 2017. We’ll be serving dinner there between 6-8 PM starting next week. The address is 12555 SW 4th Street, Beaverton 97005 and it is located just behind our new office. We’re looking for volunteers to help us out weekly and dinner volunteers for this new location. Please contact Amy@homeplateyouth.org if you can help out.

 

We are very grateful to Pastor Bernie Bosnjak and the Hillsboro Friends Church for generously sharing their space and resources with us and for always welcoming and advocating for the youth we serve. Please consider a donation to the “Bernie Youth Fund” in her honor. This fund helps us get youth their IDs, pay for apartment applications, work shoes, and many other special youth needs.  

 

Checks can be made to HomePlate Youth Services, and sent to P.O. Box 1413, Beaverton, OR 97075. Memo line “Bernie Youth Fund”.  Contact kirsten@homeplateyouth.org for more information.

 

HomePlate Offers Warmth & Relief in Winter

Can you imagine what staying outdoors day and night might feel like now? Unfortunately people’s living situations don’t change with the snow, so HomePlate offers consistent services in all kinds of weather. We are a resource when other public services are closed.

 

Recently a couple who had one of our outreach cards remembered that we are in central Beaverton and stopped by during the storm to pick up boots, coats, and food. We were the only place they could come during the day to get out of the cold, because the library was closed. By night they make their way to one of the shelters in Portland.

 

The Outreach Team has heard from folks on the street they are really glad to see them and get the hats, snacks, hand warmers, gloves, and warm smiles. The youth were super grateful for the respite from the elements. They also complimented the hardiness of our Outreach Workers! “You guys are real troopers to be out here in this!”

 

Thanks so much to the many people who equipped our Outreach Team with the emergency relief supplies they carry in their bright green backpacks! We can’t do this work without you!

 

For people needing overnight shelter, please click HERE to refer to the Washington County Severe Weather Shelter list.

Tuesday Afternoon Drop-in Begins

On Tuesday afternoons we are hosting drop-in from 2-5 PM at our new office home in Central Beaverton. This drop-in is particularly helpful to youth who work evenings and is within walking distance of the library and other services. Youth enjoy the cozy atmosphere and facilities very much.

They are able to fix themselves a snack, shower, work on accessing housing or employment resources, and feel safe and welcome. They also can wash their clothing and find fresh apparel and toiletries. Thanks to generous donations, we have a youth pantry stocked with soup and sandwich fixings, plus there are craft materials if they feel creative. Often the big table in the dining area is full of conversations and projects. It is an exciting and special place!

 

"It really is home-like. I really like the idea of there being a washer and dryer. That's really cool!" Alec

Open position- Employment Coordinator


HomePlate Job Opening

                                                                                               

POSITION: Employment Coordinator
PROGRAM: HomePlate
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
FLSA STATUS: Hourly, 1 FTE

HomePlate (homeplateyouth.org) is a grass roots non-profit social service agency that works with young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability in Washington County (ages 12- 24). HomePlate operates 3 drop-in center evenings as well as a street outreach program 5 days a week. At drop-in, HomePlate offers hot meals, showers, resources, referrals, recreation, and positive interactions with adults. Located in Hillsboro and Beaverton, HomePlate provides services to over 1000 youth per year. Our mission is to support the positive development of young people experiencing homelessness or housing in­stability through community building, education, access to services and resources, and youth empowerment. We are looking for someone who has great passion for youth and young adults!

 

Overview

The overall responsibility of the Employment Coordinator is to work with young people to prepare for, find, and retain employment. Time will be divided between providing direct service to participants, supervising and coaching youth in our social business ventures, researching job opportunities, and building relationships with volunteers, businesses and supporters. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

         Drop-in Employment Support: Provide direct employment support services to young people experiencing homelessness in Washington County at two of threedrop-in nights per week.

o    Example activities include: providing lists of current job opportunities, coaching youth with unique barriers to employment (criminal record, currently homeless, lack of education or employment history, etc.), educating youth on job-training opportunities (both at HomePlate and in the community), and communicating with staff and volunteers on employment opportunities.

         Direct, supportive employment supervision: Act as the youth-staff supervisor for HomePlate’s social business ventures and internal internships.  These operations employ/intern youth short-term to provide references, experiences and skills for future employment. 

o    Sit-n-Stay: dog sitting service at the Beaverton Farmers Market (Saturdays 7am to 3pm, May- September) which employs 3-4 youth for first-time job programs.

o    HomePerk: Designed for youth with significant barriers to employment (for example, social anxiety) to provide one-on-one mentorship and on-the-job coaching.

 

·         Build and maintain collaborative relationships with schools, businesses, and neighborhood organizations to enhance wrap-around supportive employment and education opportunities.

·         Emphasize a strength-based approach as HomePlate supports homeless individuals in their efforts to move into stability.

·         Participate in the planning process for curriculum and future social-business program development.  This includes leading the monthly meeting of the Social Business Task Force.  

·         Provide oversight and guidance to employment-support volunteers & interns. 

·         Supervise Activities Coordinator. It is an AmeriCorps position that turns over every August.

·         Accurately document all services as required by program procedures.  Maintain and update all necessary databases for tracking youth progress, program objectives and outcomes, and contractual and licensing requirements. Produce timely and accurate summaries of services for grant reports.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

·         Experience building trust relationships and collaborative efforts with diverse individuals and organizations.

·         Experience working with homeless young people; outreach and local Washington County social service knowledge and businesses are a plus.

·         Flexibility to work nights and or weekends to meet youth, train and begin programs.

·         Strong commitment to "meeting youth where they are". Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to collaborate with partners outside of the agency.  Ability to interact appropriately with people from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic and varying cultural groups.

·         Ability to manage multiple tasks requiring excellent organizational skills.

·         Ability to work hours outdoors, and on your feet.

·         Familiarity with computers and basic software use is required. Ability to work with or learn computer data entry programs and familiarity with Office Suite software. Fluency in social media websites, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.

·         Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

·         Ability to pass a criminal background check

 

Pay and Benefits

Hourly: Starting at $15.87- $16.83/hour. Employer paid 79% for medical & 100% for dental benefits for employee and 50% covered for dependents, $500 HRA; paid time off. 

HomePlate values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

 

To Apply: Send a résumé, application questions (below), and a cover letter that clearly states how your background and skills/abilities make you well suited for the position.  Email your application materials to: jobs@homeplateyouth.org.  Because of the volume of applications, please understand that we will not be able to respond to email or phone inquiries, but all applicants will receive responses regarding the status of the application process.  Open until filled.

 

         Every duty in the job description is based on having solid rapport and trust with the youth. Give an example of your success building relationships and collaborative efforts among diverse populations.

         What interests you most about this position and HomePlate?

         What qualities do you think are necessary to make a success of this job?  Why do you believe you hold them?

         What do you believe the barriers to ending homelessness are? What do you believe is the reason that homelessness exists in Washington County?

         What does the following mean to you: “Relationships rather than rules – because in the end it’s about people.”

 

 

Employment Coordinator job description (11.16).pdf