Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills
We are seeking a passionate, caring, empathetic, and dedicated Family Support Worker to join our Thresholds team in this full-time regular position. Aunt Leah’s offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes: * Family friendly workplace policies, including a generous annual vacation allowance (starting at 3 weeks and increasing to 5 weeks), robust personal time package, Boxing Day off, and a workplace culture with an overarching emphasis on work life balance; * Extended health and dental coverage for employees and their families; * Employer matching RRSP Benefit.
Job Summary: Reporting to the Team Lead, the Thresholds Family Support Worker is part of the Thresholds team ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and babies. The Family Support Worker provides a range of support services for women at risk of losing custody of their child(ren) due to socio economic factors, many of whom have concurrent mental illness, substance use and /or physical health issues as well as experience with homelessness. This position assists with pre- and post-natal care and supporting the mothers in increasing their life skills with the goal of preventing children in foster care from becoming homeless, and mothers in need from losing custody of their children.
Diversity: Aunt Leah’s Place serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.
Qualifications: Required education and experience includes:
- A Diploma in community social services
- One to two years of recent, related work experience, including working with women with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
- Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Current First Aid and CPR certification
- Criminal Records Search for working with vulnerable adults and children
Skills and Knowledge:
* Ability to apply an analysis and knowledge of women’s issues within a feminist framework, including mental illness, substance use, sexual health, exposure to violence.
- Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with women program participants
- Ability to identify and work to increase program participant strengths
- Ability to work with program participants using hope-inducing strategies
- Ability to implement program participant-centered service plans
- Ability to respond to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviour’s context and function
- Ability to support life-skills
- Ability to create, facilitate and assist with peer-based in house and external programming such as the Mom and Baby Fresh Food Program and annual family overnight camping trips.
- Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions
- Ability to effectively and safely resolve crisis situations
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
- Ability to collaborate with staff team and external services
- Ability to constructively resolve conflict with co-workers, management and external services
- Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
- Ability to organize and prioritize duties
- Ability to operate office equipment including computers
- Physically able to carry out the duties of the position
- Sound knowledge of women-centered services.
- Basic sound knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources
- Knowledge of the housing continuum, including market, subsidized and supported housing systems, including program models for special needs populations
- Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization specifically related to the experience of women, mental health consumers and substance users, the indigenous community, and other marginalized women
- Familiar with colonialism especially as it applies to Canada and you understand the impact of the Residential School system and Sixties Scoop
· Undergo and maintain satisfactory Criminal Record Check
· A valid class 5 driver’s license and access
to a vehicle
· Produce and maintain clear Driver’s Abstract
· Proof of vehicle business insurance and $5 million liability
· Rapid Response Overdose Training
· First Aid – Level C w/ CPR baby safe
· Mental Health First Aid
· Suicide Prevention Training
· Cultural Competency Training
· Addictions & Substance use Training
· Food Safe
· CPI – Intervention Crisis Training
· Agrees and adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Care (One to one Support): Supports, encourages and challenges participants, through developing a trusting relationship. Key areas of supports are:
Parenting Skills: (how to support their family in a health manner, ages and stages of child development, discipline vs. punishment, attachment, etc.)
Job finding/keeping skills (job search, resume preparation, job interview preparation and presentation, completing application form and job maintenance)
Household maintenance skills (housing search, basic cooking skills, menu planning, house cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, shopping, keeping their suite secure etc.)
Financial management (opening bank accounts, Child Tax benefit, writing cheques, paying bills, budgeting, saving, obtaining social insurance numbers, paying rent, etc.)
Interpersonal skills(developing and maintaining healthy relationships, conflict resolution, seeking assistance and support from friends and professionals as necessary, etc.)
Health and personal habits (training and education in basic health care, development of responsible sexual practices, accessing additional services such as Mental Health/A&D Counseling)
Leisure activities (learning in locating, using, developing and maintaining healthy ways to use recreational time)
Education/vocational upgrading (assistance and support in obtaining appropriate training, participating with the youth in making contact with appropriate community resources)
Cultural Connectivity (assistance and support around connecting with their Aboriginal Heritage and participating in the cultural practices of their home (or identified home) communities.
Direct Care (other):
· Ensures that house rules are followed and implemented in a consistent manner
· Completes tasks as directed by supervisor and/or Family Support Worker
· Oversees and assists moms with meal preparation
· Completes additional cleaning duties as directed by supervisor
· Diffuses any crisis situations
· Involved with tracking outcomes measurement (e.g. emergency drills, changes in demographics, changes in employment and education status)
· Participates with scheduled baby visit as directed by supervisor
· Ensures that expenses follow budget guidelines as outlined in the House Manual
· Manages and reconciles monthly petty cash
Health and Safety:
· House Staff ensure that the Thresholds House is maintained to Society standards, according to the Aunt Leah’s policies and procedures manual; by ensuring mom’s environment is clean, safe and secure; conducting regular emergency drills with moms; checking safety devices weekly; ensuring that each mom is knowledgeable of fire exit routes in their suite
· Participates in the annual review of Aunt Leah’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures
· Communicates accurately and in writing that ensures seamless delivery of care between staff
· Completes report writing at professional standards (daily logs, critical & reportable)
· Ensures all written records are to court standards
· Regularly updates and informs supervisor of activities
· Liaises and seeks direction from the on call supervisor in crisis situations
· Follow procedures and protocols for reporting Critical and Reportable Incidents and contacts the appropriate authorities
· Attend all team meetings and society meetings as directed by Supervisor
· Communicates with family members and other professionals as required
· Researches community resources and makes information available to residents and other staff members
· All information about residents in the program is strictly confidential both internally and externally
· Ensures all written material is locked in the office and all phone calls regarding participants take place in the office
Physical Demands: This position requires some lifting of heavier objects
· Thresholds House is a Supportive Housing program for mothers in need; Staff works alone.
· An average shift is 7.5 hours; Scheduled monthly by the Thresholds Team Lead
· On call as required per schedule
Hours of Work: Full-time regular, 37.5 hours a week with some flexibility around start and end times and ability to work on weekends depending on the needs of the participants and/or pre-planned events, outings, and appointments.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.
How to apply:
Qualified applicants are invited to email their resume with a cover letter and salary expectation. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest. Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
- Casual Dress
- Company Events
- Dental Care
- Disability Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Extended Health Care
- Life Insurance
- On-site Parking
- Paid Time Off
- RRSP Match
- Store Discount
- Vision Care
- Wellness Program
- 8 Hour Shift
- Day Shift
- Monday to Friday
To keep our employees and participants safe, we provide hand sanitizers, personal protective equipment including masks & gloves at the office. We also work remotely part of the time and exercise physical distancing to minimize exposure.
- Family Support Care: 1 year (Preferred)
- Metro Vancouver Regional District, BC (Preferred)