Position: Diversion & Prevention Case Worker Type: Full-time (Temp)
Program: Housing First Posting #: 1560-CW-210105
Location: New Westminster Hourly Wage: $24.50
Schedule: Wednesday - Sunday, flexibility Closing Date: Open Until Filled
required on occasion
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) is a charitable organization that supports women, girls and children at risk, involved in or affected by the justice system. Our programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime.
Operating in New Westminster and Surrey, EFry’s Reaching Home programs provide eligible homeless women with intensive case management and pragmatic financial assistance to find and keep housing and assist women at high risk of homelessness with one-time financial supports to remain housed and lower their risk of continuing the path to homelessness.
- Engages with women who are at risk of homelessness and provides support prevent homelessness.
- Engages with women who have just lost housing and are seeking entry into the emergency shelter system find appropriate alternative housing arrangements.
- Help clients to access services: this includes tasks like grocery shopping, helping clients make late payments of bills, connecting with landlords and providing other Prevention and Diversion services.
- Maintains excellent relations with health and social services professionals and other non-profit and community agencies involved in the provision of services.
- Provides timely client intervention to minimize episodes of homelessness
- Develops a client centered plan with each client and provide practical assistance
- Broker linkages to relevant community supports for clients
- Assists clients with housing resources and some light follow-up for diverted or housed clients
- Submit accurate and complete records and data reports, as required
- Provides frontline support and performs additional duties as required
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- 4 years university or college or combination of post-secondary education in a social services related field and relevant experience.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Excellent interpersonal behaviour and strong communication skills both written and verbal
- Strong organizational, advocacy and time management skills
- Experience working with homeless populations, addiction, mental health, and poverty issues
- Crisis management, mediation, de-escalation skills are essential in dealing with both clients and landlords
- Understanding of community-based programs and Ministry regulations regarding entitlements
- Knowledge of social assistance services as provided by the Ministry of Social Development
- Knowledge of Residential Tenancy Act
- Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel.
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
- Standard First Aid with CPR-C (training may be provided)
- Doctor’s note of medical fitness required
- Local Police search and Provincial Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Clearance required
- Valid BC driver’s license and access to a vehicle
- Satisfactory driver’s abstract
EFry actively promotes a program of equity and equal opportunity to ensure equal access to employment opportunity for all persons.