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Pine Street Inn Men's Shelter 7-3 Relief Counselor in Boston, Massachusetts

Men's Shelter 7-3 Relief Counselor

Department: Men's Inn

Office: 444 Harrison Avenue

Location: Boston, MA

Position Type: Direct Care

Hours/Shift: Hours Vary

Employee Type:: Relief


SCHEDULE: On Call as Needed, Essential position during weather and other emergencies.

Pays $21.40 per hour

LOCATION: 444 Harrison Ave, Boston MA



The Relief Guest Services Specialist (Relief GSS) works from the Pine Street Inn policy and procedures developed to ensure a safe shelter environment for guests and staff, and follows all the same requirements as regularly scheduled Guest Services Specialists. The Relief Guest Services Specialist has a primary focus on the direct care of guests and, as such, responds to guests in a timely and professional manner based on the prioritization of guests- needs. The GSS assists with the development and implementation of a housing pathway by motivating guests to rapidly work on housing and connecting guests to appropriate resources. The Relief Guest Services Specialists will also assist guests in connecting with substance abuse, mental health and medical resources when the shelter cannot safely accommodate a guests needs. The Relief GSS is required to stay energized and focused even when demands are ambiguous and strenuous. The Relief GSS is required to enter data into the Homeless Management Information (HMIS) system and to document reports in keeping with agency policy. The Relief GSS is required to make sound decisions and appropriately seeks guidance from a supervisor




  • High School diploma or GED


  • Valid MA driver-s license in good standing

  • Bilingual English/Spanish



  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in the Human Services field


  • Administering Narcan and CPR in a work setting

  • Knowledge in the areas of addiction, recovery, and mental illness

  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to the homeless

  • Knowledge of area resources



  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

  • Ability to stretch, bend and lift up to (twenty-five) 25 lbs

  • Ability to assist guests up and down stairs, and in-and-out of wheelchairs

  • Ability to respond quickly to emergencies



  • Ability to respond safely, quickly, and calmly in emergencies and to emergency situations

  • Ability to use good judgement in stressful or emotionally charged situations

  • The sensitivity and patience to work with guests suffering from mental illness (many untreated), alcohol and other drug addiction and abuse

  • Ability to be resilient in difficult and ambiguous situations

  • Ability to handle multiple assignments

  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to comprehend and apply Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care skills

  • Ability to communicate/speak (as well as to listen) in a non-judgmental manner


    Guest Focus

  • Actively motivate guests through daily interaction to quickly move out of shelter by any means possible to include staying with family or friends and moving back to their community of origin

  • Consistently follow PSI and shelter safety policies and procedures promoting a safety conscious work environment

  • Treat all guests and staff with dignity and respect

  • Proactively conduct wellness checks of guests in different sections of the building

  • De-escalate stressful situations utilizing Critical Incident Debriefing and Trauma-informed Care

  • Administer Naloxone as needed

  • Perform CPR as needed

  • Enforce the -Good Neighbor Policy-: Monitor the building and the surrounding area for safety, security and hazards ensuring a safe/secure environment for guests, staff and all others

  • Connect guests to emergency medical services, detox and other community programs as needed to include, but not limited to, Triage, Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) services, Day Services, Detox and substance abuse services

  • Connect guests to MATCH behavioral supports to assess and respond to symptoms of mental illness and co-occurring disorders

  • Enhance a quick match to housing by working collaboratively with PSI Triage, RRH and housing placement staff

  • Maintain daily shelter documentation to include but not limited to: shelter intake when needed, HMIS systems, log and referral books maintained at the front desk, Suspension of Services (SOS) and SOS status

  • Follow animal accommodation policies

  • Assist guests through meal service, and as directed by a supervisor, with showering and/or dressing.

  • Pleasantly greet, welcome and work with volunteers, donors, food servers, tour groups and other visitors

  • Help guests with all issues pertaining to lockers as needed or assigned

  • Maintain a knowledge of the effective use of the phone, fax, and computer systems and copiers located throughout the Inn


  • Seek supervision when needed

  • Advise the supervisor/key carrier regarding matters of concern with operations or policy

  • Adhere to TB-testing procedures

  • Maintain current certification in CPR and First Aid

  • Document all hazardous incidents and intervening appropriately in any unsafe situation

  • Consistently attend and actively participate in meetings to include but not limited to shift reports, staff meetings, case conferences, supervision or check-ins with supervisor.

  • Report to work regardless of weather conditions as Guest Services Specialist positions are considered essential under the PSI weather emergency policy

  • Report to work and all scheduled meetings and trainings on time

  • Perform other additional assignments or projects as requested/directed by supervisor, program director or senior program or agency managers Attend mandatory Narcan trainings


  • Consistently demonstrate behavior that is representative of PSI-s values of Community, Teamwork, Accountability and Respect

  • Utilize Trauma-Informed Care when interacting with guests and staff

  • Adhere to the Inn-s mandatory training requirements including CPI, CPI refresher course, Trauma- Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and any other training required by program management

  • Actively participate in individual supervision

  • Comply with and model compliance with all PSI policies, including illness prevention and occupational health policies.

  • Accept other duties or work locations as assigned in order to meet the needs of the organization during weather or other emergencies.