The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality and Food Pantry is a loving, Christian community that shelters, nourishes, and empowers people who are homeless and hungry. We value the Christian teachings of love, compassion, humility, and hospitality; the right of all to adequate food and shelter; honest and fair relationships; our community partnerships and supporters; providing services that are high quality and cost effective through collaboration; and education and advocacy.


We are seeking a part-time (16-24 hours per week) Shelter Advocate for flexible scheduling including some weekends and holidays. The starting wage is $12.50/hour.


-Build professional, trauma-informed relationships with all guests to help empower them to connect to community resources and work on their personal action plans.

-Admit men to the shelter, ensuring that new guests are fully orientated to the shelter. Responsible for enforcing community living rules for all guests and visitors.

-Maintain guest and visitor records, including attendance, check-in paperwork, guest, visitor, and shelter logs, turn-down list, and other records as assigned.

-Ensure security of the shelter by appropriately responding to phone, doorbell, locks, fire alarm systems, and emergency procedures.

-Ensure guests and visitors have adequate supplies (i.e. hygiene items, clothing, etc.).

-Complete daily shift responsibilities (i.e. stocking supplies, light cleaning, etc.) and other task lists.

-Sort and organize all incoming donations.

-Supervise volunteers, ensuring compliance with FMDDHH policies and procedures.

-Understand all of FMDDHH's programs to make appropriate referrals and relay needs and volunteer opportunities to the community.

-Other duties as assigned.


Successful employees are compassionate, self-motivated individuals with excellent listening skills, attention to detail, and a passion for developing therapeutic relationships with individuals who may be experiencing issues with mental/physical/emotional health, poverty, and trauma. High school diploma/GED and references required. Familiarity with principles of trauma-informed care, harm reduction, housing first, and person-centered care preferred.


Download the application here.  Mail, drop-off, fax, or e-mail Sonja Ellner at the Dorothy Day House: 714 8th Street South, Moorhead, MN 56560, 218-227-0327 (F), or sellner@fmddh.org.  Application review begins immediately and continues until a Shelter Advocate is hired.