FUNCTION: The counselor/advocate will provide comprehensive domestic violence services to a wide range of clients, including community residents who self-refer, clients of other social service programs at the walk-in site and women and children transitioning out of shelter. The Counselor/Advocate will network with area service providers and participate in organizing efforts around domestic violence within the Humboldt Park area and surrounding communities.
REPORTS TO: Outreach Services Coordinator
Provide counseling, crisis intervention, emotional support, legal and systems advocacy, information and referrals to walk-in clients.
Help clients assess their needs and develop plans for on-going services.
Work collaboratively with other direct service providers to meet client's needs and goals.
Complete client records to document eligibility and service provision and program records for various information collection. Meet minimum monthly requirements of service provision documentation.
Coordinate with other Counselor/Advocates within CAWC to ensure continuity and quality of client service.
Conduct public education and outreach efforts to local service providers and community residents.
Participate in volunteer and staff training and community events.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor's in social services or minimum 2 years experience working with women and/or children, preferably in a women's shelter or walk-in program.
Demonstrated commitment to empowering women and/or children.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others of diverse age, language, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, religious belief, mental/physical abilities, and socioeconomic status.
Available to work some evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
Please send resumes and cover letters to Outreach Services Coordinator Hillary Douin at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
In 1976 a landmark meeting was held in Chicago to address the crisis of violence against women. This gathering resulted in a task force that ultimately became Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC). In 1977, CAWC then established the city’s first 24-hour domestic violence hotline and in 1979 opened Chicago’s first shelter for battered women and their children.
Over the years, CAWC has evolved in... response to changing needs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded programs to include community-based outreach services to adults and specialized intervention services with children. To reflect the expanded scope of its services and its goals for the future, CAWC in 2008 changed its name to Connections for Abused Women and their Children, maintaining its recognizable acronym, while signaling its commitment to programming for both women and children affected by domestic violence.
Today, CAWC continues to demonstrate leadership in addressing domestic violence in Chicago, providing life-saving assistance to more than 1,000 women and children each year. Known for its innovative and effective programs and partnerships, CAWC continues to operate its 24-hour hotline and 42-bed shelter (Greenhouse), as well as the following: the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), based at both John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offers not only crisis intervention to victims at the time they seek healthcare, but also trains physicians on appropriate screening for domestic violence; the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP), a walk-in program that provides individual and group counseling to women and their children, along with enhanced therapeutic services for children; and domestic violence education and support for women seeking substance abuse treatment at Haymarket Center.
CAWC is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors with an operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from governmental entities, corporations, foundations, United Way and individuals. Staffed with multilingual, multicultural advocates, CAWC is well-known for providing a safe place for women and children from a rich variety of cultures and backgrounds.