Job opportunity

Lead Shelter Advocate

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: In no particular rank or order.

  1. Respond to telephone crisis/information/referral calls.
  2. Transfer calls to on-call as needed.
  3. Complete client intake and provide initial assessments of client needs.
  4. Monitor shelter safety and access emergency services as needed.
  5. Monitor completion of household chores.
  6. Maintain cleanliness of office and office restroom during shift.
  7. Provide support to shelter clients and their children.
  8. Consult with other personnel regarding client progress, needs and goals.
  9. Assist in organizing and maintenance of shelter.
  10. Maintain a working knowledge of community resources.
  11. Activate Domestic Violence Response Team as needed.
  12. Assign client numbers in the current data base; assist in clerical duties such as filing, copying, data entry and maintaining client paperwork.
  13. Maintain appropriate client and organizational reports, including assigning Overnight Tasks and Reporting Responsibilities.
  14. Attend and participate in the Women’s Information Service, Inc. staff meetings as scheduled; co-facilitate Shelter Staff Meetings.
  15. Assume responsibility for primary training tasks of all new Shelter Advocates.
  16. Complete Shelter Advocate monthly schedule.
  17. Collaborate with the Client Advocate in all necessary processes to facilitate the smooth daily operations of the shelter program.
  18. Meet with Shelter Advocates regularly for supervision.
  19. Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.



Professional:                High School Diploma, or Associate’s Degree.


Experience:                 Knowledge of and interest in women’s issues.

Communication:          The ability to speak and write clearly using proper spelling and grammar.  Communicate needs and policy to staff and clients; work in conjunction with Client Advocate.

Technical:                    Ability to utilize a personal computer and demonstrate familiarity with Windows and Microsoft programs, as well as the current database. Ability to use data collection systems such as Microsoft Access and Excel and to compile the data into desired report forms.

Other:                          Access to reliable transportation

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide a lead role to all other Shelter Advocates, including Supervision Meetings with each Shelter Advocate twice a month.


SALARY AND CLASSIFICATION: Hourly $8.50 – $8.70.


SCHEDULE: Assigned hours will be Monday-Friday after 5 p.m., weekends after 4 p.m.  First shift until midnight, second shift from midnight to 8 a.m.  Schedule will include weekends and holidays.

Please attach a cover letter and your resume and send to

employment opportunity @ WISE for Volunteer Coordinator/Sexual Assault Advocate

Staff Position Description

Volunteer Coordinator/Sexual Assault Advocate


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: In no particular rank or order.

  1. Conduct service and public awareness and volunteer recruitment activities with various agencies, organizations and civic groups
  2. Screening and training of all volunteers
  3. Coordinate with staff to keep an updated calendar of events requiring volunteer assistance
  4. Train staff quarterly on how to supervise volunteers and maintain documentation
  5. Maintain updated volunteer training manual
  6. Perform general administrative duties regarding volunteer files and paperwork
  7. Provide backup crisis support counseling to sexual assault survivors and their significant others in Mecosta, Osceola, and Newaygo Counties when Lead Sexual Assault Advocate is not available.
  8. Provide backup personal advocacy and referral for sexual assault clients involved with legal, medical, housing, education, and financial service systems in Mecosta, Osceola, and Newaygo Counties when Lead Sexual Assault Advocate is not available.
  9. Maintain appropriate client and paperwork as required by the organization and VOCA. This includes quarterly narratives, reports, and numbers.
  10. Attend and participate in the Women’s Information Service, Inc. staff meetings as scheduled.
  11. Any other duties as assigned by the Program or Executive Director.


Professional:                Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Services related field

Experience:                 Knowledge of and interest in women’s issues, particularly the dynamics and laws pertaining to domestic and sexual violence.

Communication:          The ability to speak and write clearly using proper spelling and grammar.

Technical:                    Ability to utilize a personal computer and demonstrate familiarity with Microsoft programs.

Other:                          Possession of a valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation to the three serviced counties.



SALARY AND CLASSIFICATION: Range $11.50 – $13.50. .5 FTE 20 hours per week.


SCHEDULE: Primarily Monday through Friday, but may include some evening and weekend hours to accommodate organizational needs.


Women’s Information Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



The Annual WISE Golf Outing will take place on Wednesday, July 22nd at Spring Valley Golf Course in Reed City!

To be a donor, sponsor, or to golf at the outing please use the form listed below.

See you on the golf course!

Click here Golf Registration Form!

One Billion Rising 2015


FEBRUARY 13, 2015

The Gate

Big Rapids, MI

One Billion Rising is returning for a REVOLUTION! Your passion in helping us reduce violence has spread from the few to the many.  We are proud to once again host a Rising in Big Rapids to spread awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. Now that we have brought the issue of violence against women and girls front and center through One Billion Rising in 2013 and One Billion Rising for Justice in 2014, we are not waiting any longer. 1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. This is the time for a revolution. We invite all women and girls (and the men and boys who love them) to join us at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 13 at The Gate on Perry Avenue.

When you join the movement, your sign will go on the wall, your presence will be recorded and you will be a part of this global movement!  

When you stand in support, you become a role model for the community.

There is no fee to attend and children are welcome.  The Gate will be donating a portion of the proceeds throughout the event to WISE.  We work to highlight the many groups working to end violence and invite you to DRUM up the will of the community to end violence against women and girls, to DANCE in celebration of our local women’s organizations and RISE in honor and awareness of those who have lost their lives to violence and for those who work on issues that affect women in our communities and our state.

2015 is a year for change. Won’t you join us?







We will have performances by The Secret Bellydancers of Muskegon and Hand Percussionist Eric Durkee of Grand Ledge as well as live music. Voices that Speak video presentation, guest speakers, and experiences of survivors.




Join us on February 13th, 2015 for this year’s One Billion Rising event!  Be a part of the global movement to end violence against women!








What is your reason for rising?





14 February 2013 marked the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls. V-Day’s ONE BILLION RISING campaign leveraged the strength of V-Day’s 15-year activist network to mobilize over a billion people worldwide, inspiring women and men in 207 countries to come together and express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE against violence.

BIG RAPIDS! Last year we kicked off this event at the Gypsy Nickel Lounge. With an abundance of community support and a great turnout for this event, we are taking One Billion Rising Big Rapids to a larger venue this year! Please join us at The Gate to rise up and demand justice! We will be launching sky lanterns in the parking lot at 6:30pm, it will be quite an amazing sight to see and be part of! This year’s event is shaping up to be bigger than last year and we hope to see the community joining us to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault and demand an end to violence.

Last year the participation was outstanding and we ran out of sky lanterns! We are doubling our order this year! Sky Lanterns have been ordered!!

5:30 Social Hour

6:30 Lantern Launch

Ongoing Presentation

The Gate will be offering a three course buffet as well as their full service menu.

Guests are encouraged to stay for dinner and drinks following the lantern launch.

Reserve your lantern before they’re gone! You can do this by visiting

The Gate ● Fabulous Finds Resale Store

Patterson’s Flowers ● Big Rapids Chamber of Commerce
See you at The Gate!

Home for the Holidays?

The shelter will be providing a temporary home for 14-19 women and children this Christmas.

During this difficult season for families, YOU can help make a difference to the lives of children by donating to the shelter.  A small contribution from you can be a big difference to someone small.

WISE needs diapers, toys, medicine, wrapping paper and a variety of other items that will help make this year a light in the darkness for many individuals.

If you are able to provide a small gift for a mother who is struggling, the following suggestions are always welcome: driving gloves, scented candles, warm socks, and slippers.

Please see our WISE Wish List under “Support WISE” for a list of items that are needed throughout the year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Help give a local family a Christmas they will never forget!

Clients will complete a Wish List with their advocate, choosing high end and low end gifts. WISE does not guarantee that every family will be matched with a sponsor, but will make every attempt to assist clients with the holidays. Priority goes to families who have not been assisted by the program in the past. The gift suggestions are not guaranteed. Shelter Clients will need gifts as well. Please contact a WISE Advocates if you are able to provide for homeless mothers during the holidays.

Call (231) 796-6600 ext. 130 and leave a message for the program coordinator with the best possible contact information.

Help WISE throughout the year, but include Giving Tuesday!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity!

And, if you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon will make a donation to WISE!

Volley Against Violence! Three Years and counting…

Hesperia Girls Volleyball team started it, and now Grant, Fremont,  Newaygo, and White Cloud keep it going!  Thank you to those young women in Newaygo County who are making a difference and using their voices to help save families from violence.

Be a part of the solution. 

 Volley Against Violence 2014 video

Anastasia Klimovitz is the student who has put together these three videos to help raise awareness. We are very grateful and very proud!



Last year, the awesome girls’ volleyball team in Hesperia, MI created this wonderful video for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All of the ideas were their own. They did a great job of turning an unattractive topic into an empowering video!

This year they spread the news to all of Newaygo County’s schools.  Not just one team, but many…

Newaygo Co DVAM 2013

Thanks ladies!

Can you have your school raise awareness like this?  Do you want to participate in making your world a safer place?  

Call WISE  800-374-9473