ADDRESS : 41 New Chardon St, Boston MA
SCHEDULE: 32 hours, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Activities Coordinator will be responsible to provide tenants with activities to enhance their housing experience that include leisure time activities, ADL training, milieu therapy, and recreational therapy of the program at New Chardon Street under the Behavioral Health Division of Pine Street in, a program that provides permanent housing to formerly homeless women using a Housing First/Stabilization model. The program serves women from diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and age groups. The mission of New Chardon program is to provide trauma-informed, gender sensitive and gender specific support services so that tenants can meet their special needs, heal, prepare to reintegrate into the community, and break the cycle of homelessness. Tenants will be assessed for their actual level of functioning in various spheres upon entering the program and supported in individual plans to improve and enhance this level. The Activities Coordinator organizes and facilities activities to enhance tenant’s housing experience, promotes independent living, encourages integration into the community and creates and maintains a respectful atmosphere. The goal of the work will be to enhance housing stability and psychosocial rehabilitation and to empower very chronic, mentally ill tenants to reach their highest level of functioning.
- High School Diploma or GED
- Valid Massachusetts driver’s license in good standing and acceptable driving record
- Minimum of two (2) years prior work experience working with homeless individuals suffering from disabilities in a shelter, community residence, or in an inpatient setting
- Experience as a team member; familiarity with the concepts of psychosocial rehabilitation and consumer empowerment
- Experience conducting groups (eg: recreational groups or skill based groups-cooking groups)
- Some knowledge of chronic mental illness
- Experience working with dually diagnosed individuals
- Experience assisting people with ADL skills
- Experience planning recreational activities
- Ability to respond to individuals in crisis
- Ability to climb multiple sets of stairs quickly and frequently
- Ability to accompany tenants to outside recreational activities
- Ability to assist certain individuals with ADL skills
- Ability to purchase and transport supplies needed for activities
- Ability to attend to multiple tasks, ability to tolerate stress, demonstrate patience
- Ability to resolve conflicts diplomatically with supportiveness and nurturance
- Ability to set limits when needed, and observance of appropriate boundaries
- Ability to be open minded about exploring creative new ways to help tenants maintain housing stability
- Willingness to use continuing education as a tool to gain ideas for improving tenant outcomesPreferred:
- Previous experience working with a Housing First/Stabilization ModelEssential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To:
- Meet and assist tenants to provide them with activities enhance their housing experience that include: discovering leisure time activities, ADL training, milieu therapy, and providing opportunities for hobbies, entertainment and work readiness.
- Conduct in-house recreational activities on a weekly basis, such as movie night, bingo, cards, music appreciation or other such pastimes.
- Conduct in-house activities on a weekly basis that promote independent living such as cooking, accessing community activities, money management.
- Assist each tenant with decorating their living space with plants, posters etc., as desired by tenant.
- Confer regularly with other staff to promote program integrity and to proactively identify any group issues that need addressing.
- Work with the Clinical/Lead Case Manager and Program Manager to develop multiple long-term recreational projects.
- Collaborate with the Housing Stabilization Team to develop clinical and therapeutic groups and activities.
- Organize community based activities and coordinate with other departments around the Inn, such as Volunteers, to facilitate getting tickets and other available offerings for the tenants
- Organize community based activities and network with community resources to access movies, admissions, and other enhancements for the tenants in the program to facilitate community based activities.
- Set a tone of respect and support for all tenants of the program.
- Work with tenants in conjunction with the case manager to teach and reinforce good ADL skills, including but not limited to personal hygiene, budgeting, cooking, and leisure time activities.
- Assist tenants in shopping, laundry, and other activities of daily living as needed or requested, in conjunction with the case manager.
- Provide peer support for other staff at the New Chardon Street program.
- Guide the chronically mentally ill tenants in an intentional progression towards increased autonomy, improved life skills, and enhanced quality of life.
- Involve tenants in milieu to enhance connectedness with life satisfactions and responsibilities.
- Attend team meetings for staff to do activity planning in conjunction with other team members.
- Meet for regular supervision with the Clinical/Lead Case Manager.
- Maintain necessary documentation, electronic health records, and statistics in a timely fashion.
- Encourage tenants to be responsible neighbors and to take an interest in the surrounding community.
- Plan, initiate, and participate in at least one (1) group activity with tenants per week.
- Provide informal, normalizing socialization opportunities for tenants.
- Plan holiday and birthday celebrations with interested tenants.
- Work with interested tenants 1:1, encouraging them to rediscover hobbies and favored pastimes.
- Help tenants to bridge the gap between years of institutional shelter life, chronic homelessness and present self-determination.
- Assist tenants as required for bed bug remediation as outline by PSI Bed Bug Policy.
- Performs other related duties as required. This job description may be revised based on the development of the BH Division.
- Due to emergency or unforeseen BH Division needs, staff may be temporarily or permanently reassigned to another PSI BH division programs at any given time.
- Other duties as assigned in order to meet the needs of the organization during the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health or weather emergency.
PAY RATE:$17.00 PER HOUR