Founded in 1999, The Chicago Help Initiative is a small, local not-for-profit that currently provides meals to the homeless and underprivileged of Chicago. These meals provide a means to attract those in need, leading to an opportunity to offer follow-on with other services which support the building of peer groups and making needed connections to services provided either directly through our organization or through our partners. Current program offerings are volunteer-based and include a variety of medical and social services, a large adult learning program, a jobs preparation program and several programs aimed at promoting interest in and access to the arts.
Interact with guests to determine individual needs and, where appropriate, make referrals to in-house programs or to those provided by partner agencies, including access to housing; advocate for guests and provide follow-up as needed.
Coordinate initial medical appointments made by volunteer medical personnel on behalf of our guests, including appointments for mental health services;
Coordinate needed follow-up between external medical and social service providers and our guests;
Make entries and updates to Chicago’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Coordinated Entry System (CES) (Training provided);
Assist Executive Director to initiate new programs based on perceived guests’ needs.
Assist Executive Director in coordinating appropriate expansion of housing sign-ups and medical resources at other small soup kitchens pantries.
Interface with government and not-for-profit agencies to build mutually beneficial partnerships.
Participate in collecting data and supporting documentation to promote program expansion, fundraising and grant writing efforts.
Attend Wednesday dinners (weekly) and Saturday lunches (once a month)
35 hours per week
Wednesday evening meals, weekly: 3:00pm to 6:00PM
Saturday meals, once a month, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Office hours for follow up and coordination;
Time as needed to meet with guests to follow up as needed.
Salary: $45,000, no benefits
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work;
experience providing social services to a homeless, underprivileged or marginalized population;
knowledge of programs and services available throughout Chicago that address the needs of those we serve;
ability to communicate effectively with government and not-for-profit service providers to assure appropriate help and follow up with our guests.
Additional Salary Information: No benefits, two weeks paid vacation.
Internal Number: 3129142138
About The Chicago Help Initiative
The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social service, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment. CHI works to educate local businesses and residents as to how they can help ease the plight of the homeless, disadvantaged and out of work individuals and improve their well-being, self esteem and productivity.