Are you passionate about supporting individuals to achieve their highest level of personal growth and well-being? The Support Worker is an exciting opportunity to gain experience working in a community related to addictions and mental health. You will actively support residents to develop meaningful wellness and self-care practices that align with their own goals during the day and night time. You will contribute in creating a safe home environment for residents who due to histories of trauma and related mental illness and addictions through utilizing non-judgmental, harm reduction and person-centered approaches.
Hours: Overnights from 11:00pm to 7:00 with shifts available depending on program needs. (Due to AHS recommendations, applicants who are working at multiple congregate living or healthcare sites may not be considered.)
Wage: $16.42 per hour.
Why Join Our Team
- Part-time schedule: more intentional time during the day, scheduling outside of a standard 9am-5pm practice and awake shifts to increase productivity.
- In-house collaborative training opportunities to build knowledge, skills and tools relevant to your role and duties.
- Connect with a variety of stakeholders – team members, residents, general public and community members to build and model positive neighbor relations.
- Be a part of a supportive team, dedicated to professional and personal growth.
In Your Role You Will
- Coach and model wellness and self-care practices within the homes and with residents.
- Implement and coordinate resident recreational activities that align with service care plans.
- Foster a fun and engaging environment that facilitates the exploration of wellness with residents.
- Communicate and receive information from housing program team regarding progress of the residents, significant changes in behavior, and any concerns/challenges that the resident is experiencing.
- Maintain service care plans and other necessary documentations in relation to resident and facility updates, ensuring appropriate file management procedures are followed.
- Support residents with housekeeping duties including: daily meal preparation, cleanliness of living arrangements and overall environment as necessary.
- Compile and adhere to legislation, bylaws, standards (health, fire, safety, city and accreditation) by reporting any potential safety hazards, performing emergency procedures and responding to security and emergent issues.
- Administer medication for program residents.
- Work with the other staff to build community within the house and to develop good community relations.
- This position requires flexibility, an ability to adapt and function in potentially high stress environments. Potential exposure to: violent/aggressive situations, drugs and/or alcohol, cigarette smoke and bed bugs.
- This position requires periodically handling, moving office/agency/participants’ materials and equipment and periodic yard maintenance and snow removal work.
Education and Certifications
- Diploma in the area of human services, education and/or administration and 6 months of related work experience or equivalent.
- Certification (or willingness to obtain):
- Police Check with Vulnerable Sector.
- First Aid and CPR.
- Medication Administration.
- Food Safety.
- Working knowledge of inner city, homelessness, poverty, mental health, addiction, prostitution, abuse and multicultural issues.
- Proven ability to build, maintain, and model healthy relationships, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, empathy, and initiative.
- Personal lived experience of addictions, mental illness, racism, discrimination and poverty is considered an asset.
- Knowledge of social and health related community resources available to residents.
- Demonstrated ability to mediate and resolve conflict.
- Proven ability to practice: relationship-based approaches, respectful and collaborative approaches.
- Awareness of and desire for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
- A strong understanding and desire for social justice.