Volunteer opportunity description

The Host Community member is an integral member of the community in the safe house to provide a safe haven for women survivors of human trafficking. LifeWay Network provides safe housing for women who have escaped or have been rescued from a trafficking situation and need to be provided a safe and nurturing living situation where they can heal while receiving the services needed to enhance their growth. The Host Community member provides a supportive and nurturing environment which supports growth and healing for the residents.

Role Summary: The members of the Host Community will play an important role in creating a healing community in the LifeWay Network Safe House and in collaborating with the House Manager, Social Worker and LifeWay administration in ensuring that the needs of women are met and there is appropriate oversight in the house. It is the goal of LifeWay Network that the team provides structure and oversight in the house, maintains effective communication with one another and the residents, and fosters a spirit of cooperation among all members of the household and staff. The Host Community will be responsible for the oversight of the house during the hours in which the staff are off duty, although LifeWay Network will have an administrator available for consultation at all times in the event of an emergency. The Host Community will have the unique opportunity to interact with the residents in an informal way, contributing to the relaxed and home-like atmosphere in the house and providing a willing ear when a resident needs one.

Benefits of being in this role:
● living in community, with room and board costs provided by LifeWay
● ability to work full time outside the safe housing program
● gaining experience in supporting survivors of human trafficking with complex trauma


Participate in a discernment process, background check, orientation and training.

Core Competencies: ● A person of integrity who is committed to the mission and values of LWN, and has a passion for and knowledge of the field of human trafficking ● Culturally competent and experienced working with vulnerable populations ● An effective communicator with both writing and excellent public speaking skills ● Appreciative of and open to the spiritual foundation of LWN

Qualifications: ● Heart, humor and a commitment to the LifeWay Network mission ● Commitment to long-term stay (2-3 years minimum), and commitment to stay in safe house on weekend days, evenings, and special events as required for the role ● Prior experience in trauma-informed setting required ● Prior experience in Mental Health or similar field preferred ● Comfortability in participating in art therapy or activities in a group setting ● Prior experience in community-living setting required ● Thorough understanding of confidentiality and privacy procedures as they relate to a residential facility ● Proficient in computer skills and email. ● Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter and collaborate within a larger team ● Excellent verbal communication skills and listening skills ● Demonstrated success with community relationship building ● Must have active NYS driver's license and vehicle

Please submit application via email to volunteers@lifewaynetwork.org

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LifeWay Network

Courtney Biederbeck
Director of People & Strategy
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