In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and housing. Serving as a catalyst for self-reliance, Inspiration Corporation has helped more than 10,000 Chicagoans in need since 1989.
At Inspiration Corporation, employees live this mission by demonstrating the following Core Values. Inspiration Corporation believes that these Core Values are what makes the organization one of Chicago’s leading facilitators of personal transformation, and a great place to work:
Act with compassion
Pursue growth and learning
Take care of ourselves so we can help others
Work greater together
Create a fun and productive environment
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
Exhibit professionalism and high standards in all aspects of performance.
Ensure the efficient and effective provision of housing services with dignity and respect in accordance with the agency’s mission.
Work with all departments as appropriate to ensure that the needs of the agency’s participants are addressed.
Attend department and agency meetings.
Ensure that all established program goals are met or exceeded.
Assess new referrals’ eligibility for services and enroll eligible participants into programs.
Assess participants’ potential barriers to maintaining stable housing. Provide them with support to improve housing retention, stability, quality of life and self-sufficiency.
Work with assigned participants to create goal-based action plans and revise them when necessary.
Provide case management and other support to make progress on their goals, including working with partners and children. Maintain regular contact, including visits to participants’ apartments.
Provide resources, referrals and follow-up for household members to meet families’ comprehensive needs and advocate on behalf of participants to ensure they receive needed services.
Address any chronic issues, such as substance use or mental illness, which might compromise achievement of goals and cause relapse into homelessness.
Ensure that all school-age children are enrolled in school and that children under 5 have appropriate developmental assessments.
Find apartments for participants when needed, establish and maintain relationships with landlords or property managers, and facilitate execution of leases. Advocate on behalf of participants to promote housing quality and stability.
Assist participants with moving and obtaining furniture or home supplies.
Maintain case notes on participants' progress and complete all required tracking and reports in a timely manner.
Work with housing staff to organize and facilitate tenant surveys and meetings.
Maintain appropriate data collection and reporting as required for internal management reports and external funding sources and regulatory agencies. Participate in program audits.
Prepare monthly requests for payment of rent and utility bills, and track collection of tenant rent, working with Finance Department.
Provide suggestions to senior staff to develop new or modify existing services, policies and protocols to meet the needs of program participants in alignment with the agency’s strategic directions.
Contribute to the development and evaluation of the housing program.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
Education, Experience & Skills:
Personal vehicle, valid driver’s license, and clean driving record required. Bachelors in Social Work or related field preferred. Two years’ work experience in a non-profit setting and/or significant life experience. Candidates who have worked with homeless or impoverished populations preferred for position. Proficiency in Windows XP, Microsoft Office, and electronic record-keeping preferred.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is regularly required to stand. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10-20 pounds.
Main office location: 4554 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Visits participants in their apartments, located throughout the City of Chicago. Maintains standard office hours. Attends evening, weekend, and early morning meetings and functions as required.
TO APPLY Please submit Resume & Cover Letter
*Any questions regarding the position should be directed to the HR Generalist. Please do not call or email other Inspiration staff members regarding the position.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include Medical, dental, vision & life insurance, 401k with employer match, 12 paid holidays and 24 PTO days per year.
About Inspiration Corporation
In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation assists individuals and families affected by homelessness, extreme poverty and recent incarceration.Inspiration Corporation was founded in 1989 by Lisa Nigro, a police officer who was searching for a personal response to the people she encountered on her beat. Lisa borrowed her nephew's red wagon, filled it with coffee and sandwiches, and pulled it around the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, offering a little dignity and respect to the people she encountered.Over time, the wagon grew into a bus, and eventually a full-service cafe, where men and women experiencing homelessness could sit down, order off a menu, and be served. In the years that followed, Inspiration Corporation expanded its services beyond simply meals, to include case management, supportive services, housing and job training.Inspiration Corporation's mission, core values and dynamic culture create an exciting and rewarding workplace. Join our team, and be inspired.