Summer Internships with the
Haley House Live-In Community
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Deadline to apply: March 1, 2021 at 5pm
Residency dates: End of May – End of August 2021 (exact dates TBD)
Haley House, a 50+ year old nonprofit in Boston, operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, and affordable housing in the South End, a social enterprise bakery in Roxbury, and urban farming plots in both neighborhoods. The Live-In Community is a group of residential volunteers who co-manage Haley House’s soup kitchen and food pantry and commit to living together as an intentional community.
We are seeking 3–5 people for a 3-month summer residency program. This is a unique opportunity for people who are interested in building relationships with guests and volunteers, while helping to manage a soup kitchen, and living in an intentional community. We encourage people of all backgrounds and life stages* to consider applying. (*Applicants must be 18 or older at the start of the summer residency to apply). This year, we are also excited to offer a special position for someone who is conversant in Cantonese and/or Mandarin. If you would like more information about this specifically, contact Zach (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of your application.
Summer residents will be integrated into the regular work of Haley House, building deep connections with our guests in the soup kitchen, and participating in the life of the Live-In Community. Room and board are provided, but this program does not offer monetary compensation. If you are interested in being considered for a long-term stay in the community following the residency (2+ years), please indicate this on your application.
Primary Responsibility: Haley House Soup Kitchen
The core responsibilities of summer residents are engaging the guests of the soup kitchen and the preparation of meals. Summer residents will be expected to work 3-4 meal shifts each week (12- 16 hours total). After a few weeks, summer residents will also be expected to co-manage meal coordination, including planning the menu and leading a group of volunteers in the preparation and serving of the meal. Other tasks related to the soup kitchen will require approximately 2-4 additional hours per week (food pick ups, recycling, cleaning, etc.).
Each summer resident will also have a secondary placement, which will involve 10-15 hours per week supporting Haley House in some other way. Possible secondary placements may include urban farming, youth work, administrative support, or work at our social enterprise bakery. Summer residents will be introduced to secondary placement options in the first few weeks of the summer residency before being matched according to the needs of the organization and the skills and interests of our residents.
Our living space is located in Haley House’s 5-story brick row-house in the historic South End, above our soup kitchen and administrative offices. Summer residents will share rooms (2-3 people per room) and accommodations are modest. Food is shared in a common kitchen on the top floor. As members of the community, summer residents are expected to participate in house chores and weekly community dinners. Presence and participation in community living are important components of this program. The summer residency requires flexibility and is subject to adjustments based on Haley House’s needs, but the basic weekly break-down of time will be: 15 hours serving directly in the soup kitchen and support activities; 12-15 hours in a secondary placement; 5-7 hours of community life (meetings, reflection, check-ins, social gatherings, etc.).