Adult Care Worker - Afternoons

Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre Society - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) is more than an emergency shelter. We provide essential care as well as health services, employment training, and housing supports to people who need help. Our programs and services connect people to permanent housing that meets their individual needs. Rooted in community and fueled by kindness, the DI proudly serves as part of the Homeless-Serving System of Care.

We are currently seeking Adult Care Worker RELIEF - FOR AFTERNOON SHIFT ONLY at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (The DI).

Who Are You?

Reporting to the Coordinator, or acting Coordinator, the role of an ACW is to ensure the safety of all clients in the building. This is through both structured procedures and general interaction with the clients. Every client of the DI should be actively working toward the goal of housing; and an ACW should assist the clients in achieving this goal. You will assist in assessing the needs of each individual client and collaborate with other ACW's, Case Management, Diversion, Supportive Housing and the Medical team. All interactions with clients will be done in a trauma informed manner and a client centered approach. The ACW role is a rotating role. Meaning, all ACWs must be able to work in all areas of the facility at anytime during a shift.

Hours of Work

The shifts require RELIEF staff to fill vacation, sick-time and other absences. Below is a summary of how the "RELlEF" positions will work:

  • You will be dedicated to the afternoon crews only. You will not be able to pick up any day time or night time shifts.
  • Blast emails will be sent out with shift availabilities up to a minimum of 2 hours' notice before the shift starts
  • It is expected that you answer the phone/text or emails when you are a relief employee
  • If you can not pick up a minimum of 3 shifts per month, you will be removed from the relief staff list
Some unusual hours may be required from time to time as the need arises. These hours may be altered at the discretion of management. All training will be provided. Relief does not gaurantee any hours and are scheduled on an as needed, when needed basis.

The Job

ACW will conduct themselves in a professional manner with dealing with clients, members of the community, volunteers, emergency services and staff of the DI
All interactions with clients will be trauma informed
All interactions with clients will be client centered and driven
Engage clients in conversations regarding housing and achieve the goal of obtaining housing
Assist clients with their individual housing plan
Maintain a presence in the building and clearly communicate the guidelines of the centre to clients, members of the community, volunteers, emergency services and staff of the DI
Perform duties as outlined in the procedure manuals or assigned by the Coordinator
Some, but not all may include
Cleaning duties
Laundry duties
General wellness checks
Specific location checks
Assist in on job training with new ACW's
Actively participate in all required training
Provide frontline support, training and coaching to assist the Adult Care Workers in performing their duties effectively
Communicate issues such as health and safety, staffing, client and public concerns with Coordinator
To be engaged and present on the floor to assist clients, volunteers' and staff who need assistance and to help provide a safe environment for all
Provide input on existing or future programs at the DI
Communicate with the medical team regarding clients' health and distribution of medicine
Assist with meal time to ensure the process runs smoothly
Delegate various duties to staff and volunteers
Perform other related duties as required

Complete and maintain logs and progression details on the DI data base
Assist clients with completing the Program Assessment Questionnaire
Review pervious logs and progression details
Maintain and record data as required for the position
Some, but not all may include
Completion of client sign-in logs to specific areas
Communicate absenteeism within the guidelines of the DI sick policy
Key Competencies

Excellent Analytical Skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent communication skills, both, written and verbal
Excellent professional boundaries
Ability to work effectively with a diverse population
Qualifications and Essential Skills

Completion of (or working towards) a college or university program in any of the following; human services, community support, social service work, psychology, sociology, addictions or health-related discipline is considered an asset
Previous work experience in a social service environment is a definite asset
A combination of education/practical experience may be considered
Knowledge of community resources for homelessness, health, mental health and substance use
Understanding of the needs of marginalized adults and homelessness issues
Experience working in distress and/or high-stress situations, which may include emergency response
Strong customer service orientation would be ideal
Eager to learn new systems and adopt improved best practices
Must be acceptable of industry risks, including coming into contact with bodily fluids
Computer, Equipment and Software Requirements
Proficient use of computers, Microsoft Office and any other database software(s) used to track service delivery; proficient in Office365 and Microsoft Office Suite 2016
2-way radio communication
Working Conditions

Front-line staff are exposed to emotionally disturbing events, such as: medical distress, threatened/actual serious injury, violence, abuse, and death; where clients may be experiencing fear, terror, hopelessness, rage, self-harm and conflict. Exposure to bodily fluids may occur.

Requirements and Training

  • Non-violence crisis intervention (NVCI)*
  • First -Aid and CPR*
  • New Staff orientation (NSO)*
  • Computer Training* (this will include Freedom of Information and Protection (FOIP), Office 365, Respect in the Workplace and Online Policy training)
  • The Working Mind – within 3 months of start date
  • Suicide Prevention and Response Conversation (SPARC) - within 3 months of start date
  • Criminal record clearance through Sterling Backcheck or provide current Criminal record police check and vulnerable persons check – due at onboarding
  • These are mandatory training courses required for this position and must be taken in advance of starting to work
Why the DI?

The DI aims to be an "Employer of Choice" and affords each employee an opportunity to help make a real difference in our community, and more importantly in the lives of less privileged people. We take great care in hiring the right people who fit, and who share our outlook on the value of people. We believe in living our values in every word we speak and in every action we take, and we want people who understand this commitment. Our values form the cornerstone of our culture:

RESPECT: Our actions honour the rights, differences, and dignity of others

COMMUNITY: Through collaborative partnerships, we work together as a team, building inclusive communities

KINDNESS: We accept each person's uniqueness with compassion and empathy

WELLNESS: We promote, provide and support holistic wellbeing

ACCOUNTABILITY: We operate with transparency and integrity in both our relationships and our commitments.

We thank all interested applicants; however, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please do not call.