Who we are
Friends of Ruby is a registered charity dedicated to the progressive well-being of LGBTQI2S youth through housing and social services. A trusted source of counselling and tangible solutions such as drop-in programming and support groups,warm meals, therapeutic groups, case management and housing support. Since 2014, Friends of Ruby's front line workers have met with and supported over 900 youth, averting almost 500 mental health crises.
Friends of Ruby is a welcoming space for LGBTQI2S youth. We believe that every person is a gem - perfectly unique and precious - and we go above and beyond to ensure that the youth who come to our doors feel embraced, accepted, and empowered with the social and wellness tools they need to thrive.
This is a mission that is a genuine part of who we are as individuals and as an organization. If you are a member of the LGBTQI2S community or an active ally for equality, diversity, and the needs of our community's youth, please consider joining us as a Residential Housing Worker.
We are excited to open a Home for youth to provide transitional and emergency housing as well as mental health and support services to 33 LGBTQI2S youth. As we ramp up for our opening in December 2020, we are seeking eight Residential Housing Workers to engage with and provide day to day support to the youth living at the Friends of Ruby's Home, under the direction of the Housing Manager. You will take on multiple aspects of planning, support, and communication as you assist youth in building personal, social, and life skills to enable independent living and the successful transition to long-term stable housing.
Who you are
You are an energetic, compassionate, and caring mental health, youth, or social worker committed to empowering young adults. You want a role where you can make genuine connections, have meaningful conversations, and make a tangible impact on the lives of the people you work with.
You have all of the office administration and client services skills to create a detailed schedule and run an environment on a budget, combined with the relationship building, social justice awareness, and strong advocacy skills to run effective and impactful housing initiatives for vulnerable youth. With endless patience and empathy, you can gain the trust of the youth in your care and your colleagues.
You understand the demands and realities of running a home or shelter for youth, and you are willing and able to do whatever it takes to maintain a safe, secure, clean, and well-run environment. You have a diverse way of thinking and personally understand the issues, hardships, and challenges that youth in the LGBTQI2S and BIPOC communities face. You are excited to help our youth and work with them compassionately and respectfully.
What's in it for you
Impact and fulfillment. This is a life-altering offering for the youth we serve - the chance to be heard, nurtured, and empowered with the skills to overcome hardship, including securing stable, long-term housing. You will change lives as you work with marginalized individuals experiencing homelessness, substance use and mental health issues, providing support through programming, advocacy, and networking from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based, and trauma-informed lens.
Growth and rewards. From managing crises, motivating youth, and assigning kitchen duties to running activities, making connections, and acting as a reliable presence, this is challenging and exciting. It's a purposeful next step in your career with a chance to build out your role, and explore other opportunities at Friends of Ruby.
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Who is Ruby?
Ruby is a golden retriever, but she is not just any dog. She is a beloved friend and an empathetic listener. If she could, Ruby would tell you about the pain and angst the youth who visit her feel; how sometimes all it takes is a comforting paw and unbounded love to brighten their lives. Ruby would tell you that sometimes, it takes so much more than what she feels she can offer - real crisis intervention, mental health support, tokens for transit, and counselling. That's why Ruby has surrounded herself with a team of incredible people to help her friends.
Our Front Line and in-office teams are made up of individuals who are truly dedicated to what we do, excited to be part of our restructuring and growth, and eager to see the impact of our work and the services we provide every day.
Are you ready to make an impact with us?
We foster an atmosphere of diversity, belonging, and compassion for others. We come together for staff meetings (remote or in-person), collaborate and support the ideas of others, and provide access to advancement opportunities within our existing and new groups and projects.
We are committed to ensuring that members of traditionally marginalized groups, from a broad range of communities, feel empowered to apply for positions within the organization. We recognize that a diverse workforce and volunteer base are critical to accomplishing our mission, and encourage anyone who feels they meet at least 70% of the qualifications listed, to apply. We promise to consider your full potential and application.
Statement on Employment Equity and Diversity
Friends of Ruby is dedicated to taking proactive steps to overcome historical patterns of discrimination in our society which have created barriers of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, language, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression for some individuals and have resulted in the denial of their full participation in society.
Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you require an accommodation (including alternate format materials, accessible meeting rooms or other accommodation), please let us know, and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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