Housing and Family Support Associate - International Rescue Committee - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
International Rescue Committee
Housing and Family Support Associate
900 Hour Position
Approximately 20 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization which offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The mission of the IRC is to provide essential resettlement services including access to basic necessities, education, employment, social services and advocacy, to assist refugees in rebuilding their lives and reuniting families. The IRC in Tucson is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Pima County and offers a range of services, including cultural orientation, job readiness training, financial literacy, medical and behavioral health assistance, nutrition education, and naturalization application assistance.
The AmeriCorps State member (Housing and Family Support Associate) will work in close coordination with the Direct Services Supervisor and IRC case managers, apartment managers, and refugee families to provide pre and post arrival casework services. The project activities include orienting newly arrived refugee families of their housing rights and responsibilities in the United States as well as conducting outreach to new apartment managers and community partners to develop additional housing resources and family support. The goal of this project is to assist the IRC’s Resettlement and Placement team in ensuring that refugee families and individuals have safe and secure housing upon their arrival.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Training and support: The State member will undergo orientation and training with the Direct Service Supervisor to gain an in-depth understanding of refugee resettlement procedures. They will also shadow the IRC case manager inspect housing and living environment to ensure children and families are in a healthy and safe environment.
B. Assist in Housing Needs: The State member will provide health and safety orientation to new families and orient beneficiaries to housing rules and regulations. They will also assist families apply for subsidized housing, develop resources for referrals and complete documentation and case notes.
C. Increase Community Support: The State member will assist with community outreach, maintain a resource of housing facilities and assist with developing relationships with housing authorities, neighborhood youth programs, and community revitalization projects.
D. Increase IRC Partnerships: The State member will assess refugee arrival forecast, determine the capacity of apartment complexes and assist in the coordination between the IRC, community partners and clients to ensure all are aware of their responsibilities.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o Pursuing degree in social work or possessing equivalent experience
o Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with
people from other cultural backgrounds
o Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps
o Strong written and verbal communication skills
o Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information.
o Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting in a consistent, energetic, and positive manner
o Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
o Effective problem-solving skills
o Ability to understand the "big picture" while completing detail-oriented tasks
o Friendly and effective interpersonal skills
o Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (900 Hour)
● $6,265 living allowance during term of service
● Upon completion of service, part-time (900 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $2,907.50 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans
● Members participate in 10 (2-hour) trainings that qualify them for a Certificate in Civic Leadership and 4 college credits from Prescott College
● Team support and coaching
Arizona Serve is committed to implementing inclusive practices in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Those who have marginalized identities, whether or not those identities provide protected status, are encouraged to apply.
Prescott College is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service initiative. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided