Description of Organization
Lawndale Christian Legal Center (“LCLC”) was founded in 2010 to provide legal services grounded in restorative justice for youth, age 24 and younger, in the Lawndale area. LCLC’s vision is to raise up justly treated youth who are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system. LCLC provides legal representation integrated with social services such as case management, mentoring, after school programming, workforce development, and mental health services. LCLC is the only legal organization that serves youth holistically through the end of their sentencing period after their case is over. As a community-based organization, LCLC serves residents from Chicago’s North Lawndale community. More information on LCLC can be found at www.lclc.net.
The MAC House Director will work with LCLC’s Executive Director to grow the MAC House program. MAC House is a small residential program that provides social supports, hard-skill trainings, union placement, and employment with major contractors for young men in North Lawndale, ages 18-24, who have come through the criminal justice system. Residents are expected to live in the MAC House for 2-3 years as they complete hard and soft skill trainings, gain manufacturing/factory, manual labor and construction experience, and seek personal development through weekly support circles, case management, financial management classes, mentoring, and individual counseling. LCLC’s MAC House is a new program that was piloted with a small group of young men in October 2015. Two of those young men currently work in the laborer’s union for major construction companies. A third young man works as a general laborer for a local non-union construction company. The MAC House Director will continue to serve current residents as well as bring in new residents each year. More information on the project can be found at www.lclc.net/programs/machouse. The MAC House Director is responsible for the following:
- Oversee the MAC House residential facility, enforcement of house rules, and supervise house leader
- Oversee the coordination of social support services and staff that supports MAC House residents (including case management, mentoring, individual counseling, financial management, and weekly circles).
- Identify and link MAC House residents to hard-skill training programs and employment opportunities (with support from unions, contractors, and case management services)
- Develop MAC House program manual documenting all procedures, policies, best practices, and written materials
- Cultivate partnerships with unions, contractors, hard and soft skill trainers, Oak Park Calvary church, MAC House, and other volunteers
- Lead monthly MAC House Leadership Team meetings and develop good relationships with committee
- Develop and implement project fundraising with LCLC’s Executive Director and Deputy Director
- Identify permanent location and property acquisition with MAC House Leadership Team
- Oversee any property rehab, providing MAC House residents with experience in rehab projects when appropriate
- Maintain safety of all program residents and staff
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