House Parents

Overview

The overall responsibilities of the House Parents are to provide a loving and peaceful family atmosphere for the Boardwalk Chapel staff living in the Dunn House throughout the summer. This position requires that the couple have a genuine love for Jesus and for young people who are seeking to serve the Lord and also that the parents be patient and understanding toward college-aged individuals during the busy months of seasonal ministry.

Specific Information

Some of the primary day-to-day responsibilities of both Parents include holding staff accountable by encouraging them in their daily work and enforcing the house rules. Each staff member is aware that he or she follows a particular ministry schedule and is expected to be punctual and respectful toward others in the house. At times, Parents will need to graciously remind forgetful or negligent individuals regarding timeframes at the Chapel and completing assigned chores around the Dunn House.

In the event that a staff member repeatedly disrespects any of the rules, the Parents should communicate with the Director regarding possible disciplinary measures. Common infractions include repeatedly breaking curfew, neglecting to act in a punctual manner, and behaving in an way that does not show love toward the other brothers and sisters in the Dunn House.

Each week, at a time specified at the beginning of the season, Parents will be asked to oversee separate meetings for the young men and women on staff. These times are flexible and may include, but are not limited to, times of Bible study, prayer, encouragement, and sharing.

Overall, these meetings are ways for the House Father to spiritually minister to the young men on staff and for the House Mother to do the same for the young women on staff.

Another way that House Parents are to be spiritual mentors for the staff is to provide casual counseling opportunities for individuals in private settings when requested throughout the summer. As in all counseling situations, Parents are asked to show discretion, pray for wisdom, respect each staff member’s privacy, and speak to the Director when necessary.

Specifics for the House Father

Some of the daily duties are specific for the House Father, particularly in the area of security. The Dunn House is situated in a relatively dangerous part of Wildwood and criminal activities regularly occur in the area during the summer. While the staff are trained in the beginning of the summer on safety awareness, it is easy for individuals to forget, relax their guard, or become negligent as the summer progresses. It is the responsibility of the House Father to regularly remind staff members to practice safety precautions, including, but not limited to, closing and locking doors, being accountable to each other regarding their whereabouts, traveling in groups, and not walking on the streets after dark.

The House Father is also responsible for maintaining curfew each night and assigning a particular Coordinator to lock every door and downstairs window at night. On weeknights (Monday through Friday), staff should be back at the Dunn House on midnight and be in their individual rooms at one. On weekend nights (Saturday and Sunday), curfew is an hour earlier, with staff returning to the Dunn House at eleven and retiring to their rooms at midnight. At the discretion of the Director, Father, and Coordinators, curfew may be changed.

Specifics for the House Mother

Other daily duties are specific to the House Mother, especially in the area of assisting with household responsibilities. The Domestic Coordinator oversees the overall operations at the Dunn House, including purchasing groceries and supplies, cooking five suppers per week, managing chore lists and visitor schedules, setting up rooms for guests, and handling other tasks that may come along. Since the summer season is busy and often unpredictable, the House Mother is asked to be flexible and willing to assist with various tasks as they come up each day. In the event that the Domestic Coordinator becomes ill or has a personal emergency, the House Mother should be willing to prepare suppers and delegate other crucial tasks to other staff members.

The primary household responsibility of the House Mother is to supervise chores at the Dunn House. While the Domestic Coordinator will have regular chore lists prepared, the Mother should be willing to encourage staff members to complete their specific jobs in a timely fashion and graciously remind them when tardy. Chores should be completed weekly, no later than Thursday at 7:00 PM, with a brief cleaning on Saturday night if needed.

Additional Information

While the position of House Parents is unpaid, free room and board are provided for the length of the summer. It is possible for one or both Parents to find employment in the area as long as outside work does not interfere with duties at the Dunn House. As much of their time is flexible while the staff are involved in their daily responsibilities, Parents are free and welcome to volunteer their time at the Chapel or in any other work or recreational activities.

If you interested in this position, please contact the director at (609)-522-8489 or email boardwalkchapel@gmail.com