I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! Thank you to everyone has volunteered during summer break! We always try to recognize when our volunteers go above and beyond (and so many of you do!) Our staff members wanted to make sure that we recognize Jamie H. for all of the patient and compassionate work she is doing with survivors. Thank you, Jamie!
We are going through a lot of transitions in the Crisis Intervention program! Thank you for helping to ensure the success of our crisis line and On-Scene Advocacy program throughout these transitions!
New CI Staff Kym’s last day with Middle Way House will be at the end of this week. In addition Stephanie one of the Crisis intervention co-coordinators will be leaving her position at the beginning of August. They both will be greatly missed!
Meghana Puchalapalli is stepping into Kym’s position as a CI Specialist. Meghana has been a longtime CI volunteer She will mostly be working evenings so if she is in the office during your shift because say Hi and welcome him to the team!
Medication Policies We have some exciting changes happening in the shelter! Lockers for residents have just been installed upstairs. The residents will be able to keep their personal medications and valuables in the lockers. The transition from keeping personal medication in the crisis line office to the lockers is currently underway! Residents will bring a signed medication safety agreement to the crisis line office.
Personal medications can then be given to the resident. There will be a small slip of paper attached to the form for the resident to date and initial indicating that they have received their medication. There is a file folder in the CL office medicine cabinet for the completed forms to be placed in.
In the meantime, if a resident comes down to take their medications but does not have their form, their medications will stay in the CL office until they have a locker/form. We do not need to record the medication that they have taken.
There has also been a medicine cabinet installed in the bathroom on the first floor. This medicine cabinet contains the over the counter medications so residents can help themselves to what they need. If you have any questions about the procedures please feel free to talk to one of the CI staff members.
Summer Schedule We are coming to the end of our second Summer Session schedule and we could still use some help filling in some empty shifts. Please remember: If you would like your shift to be a continuing shift every week, you will need to add your name to each week’s tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet document. Just let us know if you are having any issues with that. Any time you are able to commit would be a huge help!
Child Care OpeningsRise and Shine Childcare at Middle Way House is looking to hire a Childcare Assistant. Childcare assistants help with providing high-quality care for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years and assist with maintaining a safe, clean, facility.
Interested candidates must be available year-round (including school breaks). Must be available to work at least 15 hours a week. Must be able to pass a national background check as well as a drug test. Additional training and requirements to be completed after hiring. Any questions regarding the position can be directed to Marcella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when you’re helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions.
Crisis Line Online Resources
CL Resource MaintenanceThis tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
CL Resource Maintenance Sheet
– What should you do as soon as you walk into the CL office?
soon as you arrive, you should sign in (this is very important – we get
funding for every volunteer hour logged, and this is how we know you
were actually there!!)
- You should also write your name on the marker board directly outside of the CL office! It helps everyone get to know you. Feel free to draw something fun on there too!!
- Check the white board for any updates, or important information.
- Make sure you know if anyone is on the pending list, and familiarize with the ‘current resident’ clipboard.
- Read through the past few days of calls in the call log book to catch up on what’s going on!
– I’m not coming in for my shift.
- Email email@example.com ASAP and ask if someone can take your shift, be sure to include the shift day and time.
- If it’s the day of your shift, call shelter and let them know that you won’t be in, AND do #1.
consider if there is any way to avoid this conflict, particularly if
you don’t have a shift partner. Our services does NOT function in the
ideal way if we do not have crisis liners. Staff needs to be available to help
residents with their individual needs, assist walk-ins, respond to OSA
requests, train new volunteers, etc. We absolutely depend on our crisis line to keep things running smoothly. If there’s any way that you can adjust things to avoid missing your shift, please do so.
– I can cover a shift that someone emailed the google group about!
You’re a lifesaver! Please copy the whole group on your response to them so that everyone knows the shift was covered.