Immigrant and Refugee Family Advocate

Posted by
Mary House
Washington, DC
Published 8 days ago

Overview of Mary House:

Mary House is a community based organization that provides transitional housing services, shelter, and support programs to low-income immigrant and refugee families. With thirteen sites in the D.C. area, Mary House can serve up to 50 families with housing. In addition to housing and the support of advocates, Mary House provides families with food and educational support programs. More information on our organization is available at 

Each year, Mary House hires 3 staff funded through AmeriCorps who serve both as a Family Advocate and as a coordinator of one of the three Support Services. The AmeriCorps term is from September through July. 

Family Advocate Role (All Staff):

Family Advocacy will function in a manner that ensures the safety of both clients and staff as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change. This means that interactions with families will be over the phone and/or virtual as needed throughout the year. 

Each Mary House AmeriCorps staff member will have 10-15 families with whom they serve closely as a family advocate. The family advocate role includes:

  • Regular meetings and communication with families to discuss identified health, career, legal, or educational goals
  • Concrete work of supporting families’ access to formal services like health care, health insurance, schooling, legal services, and more
  • Accompanying families to health-related appointments, school meetings, court dates, immigration meetings, etc. (Dependent on COVID-19 situation and CDC guidelines)
  • Researching and supporting families’ access to available community resources that fulfill a family’s needs and goals, like ensuring in-home Wi-Fi, applying for SNAP benefits, etc.
  • Being on-call should an emergency arise

Community Food Systems Coordinator (#1: Apply for one of three): 

(Due to the nature of this support service, it is highly recommended, though not required, that the Food Program Coordinator have a car.)

  • Creates and sustains partnerships with D.C. food banks and food donors
  • Ensures Mary House families’ access to nutritious food by communicating with them about their food needs
  • Manages Mary House Food Bank inventory and organization by coordinating food orders and pickups
  • Creates the schedule for food distribution days and communicating program dates with families
  • Coordinates food deliveries to Mary House families 

Communications and Administration Coordinator (#2: Apply for one of three):

  • Creates and distributes accessible, bilingual announcements, newsletters, and notices to Mary House families
  • Manages and creates content for the Mary House website and Facebook page 
  • Coordinates training and learning for the Mary House team as well as workshops for parents 
  • Assists the Program Director with various tasks as needed 
  • Ensures the longevity and organization of the team by creating and maintaining organized advocate resources and records

Parent Child Education Program Coordinator (#3: Apply for one of three): 

  • Coordinates Mary House’s four child education programs: Reading buddies and tutoring program, Music Thursdays, Hands-On-Art, and Summer Camp
  • Creates activities and educational programming for children (ages 4-12) participating in Mary House programs 
  • Shares educational and engagement resources with tutors and families as needed
  • Oversees weekly library pickup, book distribution, book collection, and returns to library 
  • Establishes an open line of communication between Mary House, families, and schools
  • Creates and implements education programming for parents as requested

All Staff:

Each team member is responsible for their respective support service, but ALL members work together in staffing after school programming including reading and tutoring, and picking up and distributing food for the Food Program. Similarly, all staff spend about five weeks in June and July staffing Summer Camp.

All staff funded through Americorps receive the Americorps yearly stipend. Pay is non-negotiable. Staff are also eligible to receive the Segal Education Grant of $6,095 through Americorps and health insurance, if needed.

Mary House provides fully furnished housing with private bedrooms (located a five minute walk from the Mary House office) at an extremely reduced price. To ensure the safety of next year's team and the Executive Director, housing will only be provided to Mary House staff. Mary House staff will be expected to abide by CDC social distancing guidelines for as long as they are in place, provide proof of Covid Vaccination, and agree to  Covid testing when deemed necessary. 

Language Requirements:

Qualified candidates must have professional fluency in Spanish and English. Amharic and Tigrinya are a plus.

Overview of Mary House:

Mary House is a community based organization that provides transitional housing services, shelter, and support programs to low-income immigrant and refugee families. With thirteen sites in the D.C. area, Mary House…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 23, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Level of Language Proficiency

Professional fluency in Spanish and English is required

Professional fluency in Spanish and English is required


1005 Bunker Hill Rd NE, Washington, DC 20017, USA

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to

Please send a resume and cover letter to

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