Development/Fundraising, Operations/Project Management, Program Management
4 Year Degree
The VISTA will develop the agency’s housing programs, building the economic capacity of our clients, by developing programs that concentrate on new pre/post purchase housing counseling work and financial literacy.
The VISTA will work to increase the effectiveness of our programs, integrating housing programs with other services, particularly healthcare. The VISTA will develop street outreach work in south suburban Cook County, securing vital resources.
The VISTA will assist in the implementation of the Cook County Continuum of Care’s Coordinated Assessment System, improving coordination with social service agencies, expanding the number of entry points for homeless clients to gain access to resources.
Through these efforts the VISTA will put Respond Now in an improved condition to continue leading the fight against poverty in south suburban Cook County.
Member Activities will include:
Work with the Executive Director and Program Managers to expand Housing Counseling program to include pre/post purchase counseling and financial literacy.
Support agency management in any reports and applications needed to be submitted to funding sources.
Help build additional capacity for new street outreach and health and housing initiatives.
Help the agency build capacity, implementing the Coordinated Entry System as part of our work with the Suburban Cook County Continuum of Care.
An interest in working in Social Services
Interest or experience in Community Organization
General Skills, including writing/editing and working with office equipment
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Relocation Allowance ,Living Allowance ,Childcare assistance if eligible , Stipend , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage* , Education award upon successful completion of service .
Respond Now, a United Way agency, began providing services and answering the emergency needs of south suburban Chicago residents over 40 years ago. In 1969, a local association of ministers recognized a growing need within the community for emergency food and other basic necessities beyond what government programs were able to provide. The congregations pooled their resources and formed Respond No...w. Although we began as a food pantry we soon expanded our services to address many other emergency needs throughout Chicago's south suburbs.
Our mission states:
Respond Now exists to provide immediate relief for residents of the Chicago south suburbs who are in need while maintaining their dignity and affording respect.
We do this by:
Helping people through their temporary emergencies with financial assistance
Providing food to families and individuals in need
Providing sound referrals and counseling for other needed services
We achieve our mission by providing Health, Hunger and Housing services.