“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.
The Casa Corazon Emergency Beds Program is aimed at providing safe and enriching emergency housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The program is open 365 days a year from 9pm to 9am and provides immediate housing and other enriching activities to impact the lives of youth and help them achieve their life goals.
This is an overnight, full-time position.
Expected Goals and Objectives
To supervise and monitor resident activities to maintain a safe and stable living environment
Maintain professional relationships with all residents
Supervise and ensure safety of the milieu
Communicate in a timely and accurate fashion within the program (i.e. client intakes, incident reports, contact with youths’ families, facility inventories, and all shift log entries) and complete all required documentation
Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and of La Casa Norte including but not limited to Harm Reduction and Sanctuary Model frameworks
Utilize de-escalation and crisis intervention skills when needed in a supportive and caring manner
To work in a team approach to assist residents in achieving service plan goals
Conduct intake needs assessment, create initial action place and refer residents to appropriate services
Engage youth in discussions relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to stability
Coordinate with other staff including Drop-in Case Manager to ensure continuity of services
To help youth develop important life skills
Model effective and respectful communication with residents and other staff members while creating a standard of healthy communication for other staff and residents
Create and foster leadership opportunities for youth to encourage their personal development and the overall health of the community of Low Threshold Shelter Program
Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
Provide and coordinate life skills workshops to youth focused on personal hygiene, sexuality, financial literacy, household management, conflict resolution, anger management, and other areas as needed
Implement established structure of support and accountability within the program to allow youth to fully develop in all areas of their life
To implement standards of cleanliness and maintenance by performing duties and requesting repairs
Leading residents in the upkeep of the Low Threshold Program and working with residents to ensure that necessary tasks are completed
Cleaning and sanitizing areas as needed to ensure standard of cleanliness and sanitation is kept up at all times
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:
Attending bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly all staff meeting and other staff training as assigned
Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
Perform other duties as required
Bachelors degree preferable, but not required with relevant experience
Ability to interact with youth to alleviate social, emotional or environmental crisis
Skilled in the techniques of de-escalating aggressive behavior
Demonstrate desire and ability to work with homeless, runaway and at-risk urban youth
Be knowledgeable in the social, economic, and cultural patterns of Latino and African American populations
Be willing to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender
Demonstrate ability to work independently and as part of a team
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Be willing to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance
Have the desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency
Be subjected to a DCFS background check and complete a medical clearance
La Casa Norte is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, pregnancy or related conditions, or disability. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, walk up and down stairs, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Please send resume, cover letter and salary history to the following: Email email@example.com with the job title as the subject line or Fax: 773-342-4253