Years at SUMS: 2
Daily Tasks: Laughing and joking with guests, raising awareness about the mission and guests' struggles, praying with our community and for our community, leading, organizing, and giving direction to our staff team. "It's a calling and a joy spending days at the mission and living out this calling to respond to the plight of these folks and to bring hope and dignity where there is none."
Favourite part of SUMS: "Knowing that I'm responding to Christ's call and building friendships with our guests".
Years at SUMS: 1
Daily Tasks: Answering emails, updating social media, creating newsletters and written communications, and conversing with donors. I also build relationships with our guests, connect them to services, keep Mike in order as best as possible, and help with whatever else happens that day in the mission.
Why do you love working at SUMS? "I am so blessed to be at SUMS. The staff are incredible and our guests are a light in my life. As much as it can be rough and sometimes violent around the mission it is incredible to see how God works here and be able to be a part of such an amazing atmosphere of love, grace, and kindness."
Years at SUMS: 6
Daily Tasks: Keeping track of all the items donated to SUMS. All the food, bread, dairy, clothes, socks, shoes, dog/cat food, and so much more. Also, overseeing all the volunteers that come to help us, without them it would be nearly impossible to run SUMS.
Why do you love working at SUMS? "I try to listen to God my father and He asked me to work at the Surrey Urban Mission, so I do. I also love working at SUMS because all the guests, volunteers and staff can be their real, authentic selves; we are who we are. Working at the Surrey Urban Mission is the most rewarding job I have ever done except, of course, raising my children."
Years at SUMS: 2 months
Daily Tasks: Making sure the shelter runs smoothly everyday. Ensuring the shelter is safe for everyone that walks in everyday. Scheduling and managing shelter staff. Trying to make a difference in the lives of all guests that come to our shelter.
Favourite part of being at SUMS: "I absolutely love the guests and the environment at SUMS. The staff and volunteers make it an incredible place to be every single day. Their passion and commitment to helping other human beings is infectious. The guests are incredible. Each one has a different interesting story to tell.
They are the reason we do what we do. I get to spend every single day trying to make a difference in the lives of others which is so rewarding."
Shelter support services
Years at SUMS: 1 year
Daily Tasks: Liaising with guests, offering support, resources and referrals including HPP rental subsidies, assisting with ID replacements, overseeing BC Housing applications, basic counselling and advocating for guests.
Favourite part of being at SUMS: "Since I'm in recovery, and I've had a second chance, I love being able to volunteer my time and have a job where I'm helping others in recovery".
Years at SUMS: 1.5
Daily Tasks: Payroll, receiving donations, writing receipts, bookkeeping, payables and any other help she can provide.
Favourite part of being at SUMS: "It's hard to just say one thing, but the staff and volunteers are amazing to work with. I also really enjoy doing income tax for our guests, so that they can receive their money in a timely manner."
food services and volunteer coordinator
Years at SUMS: 2 years
Daily Tasks: Coordinating food, cooking for 100+ people, organizing the kitchen, coordinating volunteers and directing volunteer orientation.
Favourite part of being at SUMS: "I can't say there's anything I don't like. I love the people, the staff, what SUMS stands for, and our mission to care for the people of Whalley."