The Program Coordinator has the responsibility to provide assistance and supervision in the Court Advocacy particularly in the absence of the Program Director. Additionally as an Advocate, direct services to victims of domestic violence will be provided.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Directly supervises Legal Advocates, volunteers and interns, providing them with adequate support and feed back to carry out the program directives, and maintain supporting documentation.
Assist in scheduling of staffing patterns to meet client and program needs.
Carry out the program directives, and maintain supporting documentation.
Participates in the orientation of interns and volunteers.
May assist in conducting performance evaluations of advocates, interns and or volunteers.
In absence of the Program Director, is in command of the program and will provide appropriate oversight of the program.
Will ensure that intakes and orientations are completed, and carry out the completion of these activities as necessary.
Will assist in and ensure that follow-up calls occur in a timely manner at the police station.
Will provide crisis intervention for clients both at the police station and the court house.
May develop Service Plans jointly with each client.
Will continuously monitor progress of the client(s), and adjust service plans as necessary. Goals and objectives as well as time frames must be clearly specified.
On behalf of the client and/or Family Rescue, will coordinate and advocate with outside entities which may include; social service organizations, mental health organizations, substance abuse organizations, housing organizations and/or legal/law enforcements agencies, etc.
Serves as a liaison between Family Rescue and the community at large and specifically with 3rd & 4th and area 5 and or other police district DV Sub-Committee.
Provide effective case management/documentation which includes completing all required documentation in a timely manner and maintaining records, files, reports etc. as directed.
Conduct quarterly reviews of case files in coordination with the Program Director and or Program Assistant.
Monitor and review client files.
Provide follow-up service to clients once they have left Family Rescue services.
Attend staff meetings, trainings etc. as required and/or scheduled.
Since 1981, Family Rescue has been passionately and proactively dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Chicago community. Family Rescue empowers women and their families to become self-sufficient and lead abuse-free lives.
Family Rescue is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Chicago community by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to victims o...f domestic violence, particularly abused women and their children; engaging in advocacy to promote future system change; and encouraging prevention through community education.
Throughout its 30 plus years of service Family Rescue has opened four programs: the Rosenthal Family Lodge – our emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis line; Community Outreach Program - non residential counseling and violence prevention education; Court Advocacy Program - legal advocacy and crisis intervention; and Ridgeland Apartments & Daycare Program – supportive housing and child care. In 2010 Family Rescue provided supportive services to 1,916 survivors. Family Rescue serves victims of domestic violence across Metropolitan Chicago, although most of the victims served live within the city proper.
Family Rescue provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence using a three pronged approach: prevention through early education and outreach; intervention through direct client services such as crisis intervention, enhanced children’s programming, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter, financial literacy and safe housing; and infrastructure strengthening through systemic advocacy to address changes that will enhance the systems families impacted by domestic violence access for safety.
Family Rescue is unique in several ways: we are the only single purpose domestic violence agency on the south side of Chicago; we are one of only two domestic violence agencies in Chicago to allow mothers with teen boys into our shelter to avoid causing more trauma to the mother and children; and we are the only domestic violence agency in Chicago with a presence in both criminal and civil court, AND the Chicago Police Department. The families that Family Rescue serves often need a myriad of services and we have built strong relationships with community partners to be able to provide for their needs in the best possible way.