Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support youth on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills. We work proactively at the ‘entry’ and ‘exit’ points of the foster care system, helping low-income families maintain custody of their children and for foster youth readying to ‘age out’ with supports similar to what modern parents do for their own adult children in transition.
If you are passionate about helping youth and are interested in a career with a non-profit organization, Aunt Leah’s has a full time regular Housing Support Worker opportunity for you!
Job Summary: As part of the Aunt Leah’s Society team, the Housing Program Support Worker is to ensure the safety and well-being of Participants, transitioning out of foster care, or at risk of homelessness on their journey to growth and self–sufficiency with one of the many goals being that of preventing homelessness. This program offers shared and independent living in stable and affordable housing at the Lale House and two Supportive suites within the community. The Housing Support Worker will offer residents direct one to one, personalized training on life skills, offer educational guidance, employment training or referrals to other Aunt Leah’s programs. From a strengths-based approach and intervention will also work to identify strengths, issues and areas of risks, and will assist, coach, motivate residents in establishing and maintaining their short–term and long term goals and strategies within program guidelines.
Reports To: Housing Coordinator
Skills and Knowledge:
· Communication (Verbal & Written)
· Person Centered Approach
· Ability to follow and implement program policies and procedures
· Flexibility/Adaptability in managing multiple priorities
· Interpersonal Abilities & Team Work Skills
· Ability to work in a stressful environment
· Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness
· Planning/Organizing & Budgeting Skills
· Report Writing & Documentation
· Crisis Management/Conflict resolution skills
· Ability to teach and mentor life-skills
· Ability to work independently
· Solid time management skills and ability to have a solid self-care plan
· Computer/Technical Literacy
· Trauma Informed practice.
· Motivational Interviewing
· Undergo and maintain satisfactory Criminal Record check
· Follow Aunt Leah’s Code of Ethics
· Follow Aunt Leah’s Policies and Procedures
· Valid Class 5 Driver’s License with business insurance and $5 million liability coverage
· Access to own vehicle and produce clear driving abstract
· First Aid Level C with CPR
· Food Safe
· Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
· Mental Health First Aid
· Addictions & Substance Use Training
· Overdose Rapid Response Training
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Care (Including One to One Support): Supports, encourages and motivates participants, through developing a trusting relationship. Key areas of support are as follows:
· Parenting Skills: (how to support a family in a healthy manner, ages and stages of child development, etc.)
· Job searching/maintaining skills (job search, resume preparation, job interview preparation, and completing employment applications, support maintaining employment)
· Household maintenance (basic cooking skills, menu planning, house cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, grocery shopping, etc.)
· Financial management (opening bank accounts, Child Tax benefit, daycare subsidies, filing income tax, paying bills, budgeting, saving, obtaining social insurance numbers, setting up direct deposit, etc.)
· Interpersonal skills (developing and maintaining healthy relationships, conflict resolution, seeking assistance and support from friends and professionals as necessary, etc.)
· Health and personal habits (training and education in basic health care, development of responsible sexual practices, accessing additional services such as Mental Health/A&D Counseling)
· Leisure activities (learning how to locate, use, develop and maintain healthy ways to utilize recreational time)
· Education/vocational upgrading (assistance and support in obtaining appropriate training, supporting participants in making contact with appropriate educational resources, Aunt Leah’s Place Supporting Education for Foster Youth, and school registration)
· Cultural Connectivity (assistance and support around connecting with their Heritage and participating in the cultural practices of their home (or identified home) communities.
Direct Care (other):
Health and Safety:
Physical Demands: This position requires some lifting of heavier objects.
We offer: A comprehensive benefit package after 6 months of continuous employment that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP after 1 year, personal time package, and employee discount at our Thrift Store.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.
How to apply:
If you meet the qualifications listed, and wish to work in a collaborative and supportive environment that offers ongoing professional development opportunities, please email your resume with a cover letter or apply online.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent