Connections is a 30 year old agency that provides housing, employment, and services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. Our House is a small shared house program in Evanston, Illinois for young men age 18 to 24 who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The shared house model is one in which young people share a home and receive case management and clinical support to help them transition to independent living. We are seeking a dedicated and flexible professional to work at the shared house and provide mentorship to and supervision of participants.
Summary of Position: The House Mentor works at Our House and is responsible for morning, evening, and overnight staffing, as well as relationship and community building with participants.
Staff the shared house during morning, evening, and overnight hours by overseeing participant activities, checking chores, modeling independent living skills, and diffusing crises and conflicts as necessary.
In collaboration with Program Manager, work with participants to develop and demonstrate independent living skills. Track achievements in independent living skills.
Develop and maintain positive relationships with participants.
Track residents' adherence to house rules.
Complete required paperwork for each shift
Maintain and grow relationships with community neighbors.
Maintain a physically and emotionally safe living environment.
Build community among program participants.
Actively work with participants and other staff/volunteers to drive successful outcomes, plan for discharge, and equip participants for independent living.
Communicate regularly with all Our House staff (including the Program Manager, Clinical Director, and Community Liaison/Clinical Support).
Coordinate with Program Manager and Connections property management staff to support program operations, including facility maintenance, cleanliness, and the stocking of necessary supplies and food.
Obtain and maintain certification/training in CPR, TIP, and crisis intervention.
Participate in regular Our House staff meetings and other agency meetings as assigned.
Represent Our House and agency at community meetings and outreach events as assigned.
Adhere to the Code of Conduct for Connections for the Homeless.
Perform other duties as assigned that assist with the functioning of Our House and Connections for the Homeless.
Education/experience requirements: High school diploma or equivalent and experience working with adolescents/young adults required. Some college preferred.
Other requirements: Valid Illinois Drivers License, ability to work weekends, ablity to work independently, ability to work with diverse populations. Able to operate kitchen equipment and walk up and down stairs. Must be able to pass a criminal background check and submit to, or provide evidence of recently undergoing, a test for tuberculous. Flexible approach to other duties as assigned.
NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and benefits plan, including Paid Time Off (PTO), paid holidays, health, dental and life insurance options, short and long term disability coverage as well as a 403(b) option.
Connections provides housing, employment, and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. It works to end homelessness by preventing people from losing their homes, housing those who are homeless, and helping each client to reach the greatest possible level of self-sufficiency. Programs include re-housing, permanent supportive housing, education and emp...loyment, homelessness prevention, and health services for the homeless. Hilda’s Place is Connections’ transitional shelter. Our House is Connections’ residential program for young adults. Based in Evanston, Connections serves 31 communities in north suburban Cook County.