Job Posting 99538

Support Counsellor, Cornerstone House
St. Leonard's Community Services Inc.
Hamilton area
closed 4 days ago (Mon, 19 Feb)
full time  •  Starting at $37,967 per year plus shift premiums and comprehensive benefits


St. Leonard’s Community Services Brantford has been an established part of the community for more than 50 years, and is accredited for our excellence in serving children, youth, adults, and families.


Our Values

These aren’t just “lip-service” to us – we work and live by them.  If you do, too, we want to talk to you!

  • Inclusive – we value everyone and their unique perspectives and journeys
  • Compassionate – we care about our clients, our staff, partners, and the communities we serve
  • Collaborative – we work together to support our clients and community
  • Integrity – we hold ourselves accountable and are fair, trustworthy, and dedicated to our mission to empower people to achieve their vision of independence, health, and wellbeing
  • Innovative – we are open to change and continuous improvement
  • Genuine – we are honest, respectful, and authentic with our clients, each other, and our partners
  • Optimistic – we believe that everyone can accomplish their goals



St. Leonard’s Community Services offers a continuum of social housing services to meet client needs ranging from homelessness to independent living.  As part of the continuum, Cornerstone House supports formerly homeless clients in preparing for semi- and independent living by providing emergency, short- and long-term accommodation.


Cornerstone House offers two separate programs within its physical space which includes a shelter program and a Transitional Housing program, both for males and females between 18-29 years of age. Cornerstone House works with individuals who are precariously housed or at risk of homelessness and provides them with a safe place to stay, help and support with counselling and life skills coaching to support the transition towards independent living.


As a Support Counsellor at Cornerstone House, you will:

  • Assist with established Treatment/Support Plans
  • Help clients develop the skills and resources they need to enhance their social functioning
  • Distribute and document resident funds and recreational funds; collect record and provide receipts for client savings
  • Tour the facilities to ensure the residences, clients and grounds are safe and secure
  • Provide information to clients regarding resources
  • Make decisions and problem solve as the Shift In Charge when the Supervisor is not available
  • Intervene and manage client behaviours by using Crisis Intervention Training techniques provided by the Agency


Hours of work: 8 week rotation of days and afternoons, with some weekends.


Training: Initial comprehensive training related to all aspects of the role, as well as access to ongoing professional development


The Perks

  • A Fitness Benefit for gym memberships, exercise equipment and lessons for various physical activities for all staff and their families
  • An Employee Assistance Plan for all staff and their families
  • Full Time staff start at 3 weeks’ vacation
  • Paid Time Off for all staff, including Wellness Hours and Personal Leave Time
  • Fun events for all staff
  • Participation in RSP/TFSA plans for all staff, with Agency pension match for Full Time and eligible Part Time staff
  • Group health, vision, dental and travel insurance plans where premiums are 100% paid by the Agency for Full Time staff
  • An Agency committed to ensuring your physical and mental health/safety is paramount



  • College diploma in the Human/Social Services field
  • Have a minimum of 1-year combined student placement and/or paid experience working with youth with substance use, mental health and/or homelessness issues
  • Be proficient in MS Office and be familiar with databases
  • Have access to reliable transportation
  • Be able to manage frequent exposure to direct and vicarious traumatic stress


Start date: as soon as possible

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