Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside’s Corner House provides affordable, permanent supportive housing for 34 previously homeless adults many of whom have mental illness, substance use, and other co-occurring disorders. On-site services include case management, entitlement assistance, medical and psychiatric care, substance use counseling, group activities, recreation, and 24 hour/7 day per week front desk security.
Purpose of Position: To deliver effective group activities using a strengths-based, client-centered approach to support social support, inclusion, skill development, wellness, and recreation to reduce social isolation, promote community among tenants, and maintain permanent housing.
Schedule: Monday through Friday - Hours flexible - 28 per week max, Benefits Eligible
Roles, Responsibilities and Essential Duties
- Develop curriculum and groups to promote inclusion, wellness, education and recreation based on client interest and need
- Facilitate groups that promote community within the building
- Maintain schedule and calendar of activities, events, and trips
- Creates a platform for tenants to discuss/improve social relationships
- Provide groups that assist tenant in the development of/improvement of daily living skills
- Schedule and run a monthly tenant advocacy meeting and work with tenants to incorporate ideas into programming.
- Coordinates recreational events and trips to encourage socialization, inclusion, and reduce isolation
- Develop activities that promote training and educational skills such as budgeting
- Coordinate referrals for health/gym memberships
- Coordinate outdoor activities with tenants i.e. cookouts, gardening
- Provide escorts in the community to facilitate wellness and maintain housing as needed
- Work as part of Social Service Team (sharing with case managers) to ensure continuity of services.
- Provides other tasks and functions as deemed necessary to assure the provision of quality social, recreational and educational services to all tenants
- Provide case management to a small caseload of tenants, which includes helping to procure/ maintain entitlements, medical and psychiatric treatment and basic support in maintaining housing.
- Maintain all documentation according to standards established by funding sources and the agency.
- Provide escorts to health and housing appointments as needed
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Education, Psychology or related field
- Experience working with homeless or formerly homeless individuals preferred
- Experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, substance use, and/or co-occurring disorders preferred
- Experience developing, implementing and facilitating groups strongly preferred
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong written and verbal communication
- Understanding of Housing First philosophy
- Team Player
- Strong organizational skills
- Creative, flexible, skilled in working hard to engage clients
Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should be:
- Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Excel
- Able to use or learn computer databases such as AWARDS
- Some walking and travel to escort clients to various appointments throughout the city and on recreational trips
- Mostly indoor office setting. Regular visits to client apartments are also required. Some travel.