Community Support Worker - Drop In Overnight

Job city: 
Toronto
Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:45pm
Job terms: 
Full-time

Summary:

Sistering is a multi-service agency which offers practical and emotional support to all women, trans, non-binary, 2-Spirited people facing a variety of challenging life circumstances, including poverty, homelessness, social isolation and trauma histories. We work to create spaces and relationships where women and trans people, in all their diversity, are supported, valued and respected. Sistering has been working with this community for nearly 40 years, and now includes a low-barrier 24/7 Drop In, Housing and Case Support services, Harm Reduction supports and programming, Peer Outreach workers, On the Path to Employment programming, and Social Enterprise Initiative, Spun Studio.

The 24/7 Drop-in services provided, address the basic need for food and rest; personal needs for shower and laundry; social and recreational activities; health needs such as primary care, addictions support and counselling as well as support with housing, income and safety.

Position Summary:

The Community Support Worker-Drop In (CSW) will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day functions of the 24/7 Drop In. The CSW will work as part of a team to provide practical support, case support and advocacy for all women and trans people from a clientcentred, trauma informed, harm reduction, anti-oppressive perspective. The successful candidate will bring a commitment to advocacy and social justice issues.

Responsibilities:

Program:

  • Work productively and collaboratively within a team to ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of the 24/7 Women’s Drop In
  • Provide programming and supports within a low-barrier, harm reduction, trauma informed framework
  • Provide practical support such as assisting with meal preparation and service, distribution of donations and facilitating the use of shower and laundry facilities
  • Provide individual support to all women and trans people using case support, informal counselling and trauma-informed interventions
  • Deliver harm reduction programming and participate in the distribution of kits and information related to safer drug use
  • Provide support to all women and trans people who are withdrawing from alcohol and other substances
  • Provide information, community referrals and resources to participants related to topics such as sex work, mental health, addictions, health and housing
  • With team members, develop, and deliver programming that is responsive to the needs of participants
  • Facilitate small and large group work
  • Identify, intervene and effectively deal with emergency, crisis and conflict situations
  • Ensure that the Drop In space is clean, well maintained and organized
  • Supervise placement students and volunteers
  • Provide direction and support to participant cleaners and kitchen assistants
  • Assist with early morning drop off and unloading food orders and supplies where necessary

Administration:

  • Facilitate and ensure consistent and clear communication across all 3 shifts of the 24/7 Drop In and across the organization
  • Maintain petty cash
  • Assist in the implementation of appropriate program evaluation tools
  • Complete program evaluations and participate in priority setting for Sistering
  • Write reports, maintain up to date files, and prepare daily and monthly statistics
  • Participate in staff meetings, daily log meetings and agency committees
  • Occasionally assist with the purchase and maintenance of program equipment and supplies
  • Participate in regular supervision meetings with the Drop In Coordinator

Advocacy and Community Building:

  • Advocate on behalf of all women and trans people within Sistering and with other agencies
  • Collaborate with service users to identify directions and methods for social change
  • Develop and engage in advocacy in order to address systemic issues of homelessness and poverty with an emphasis on sex worker rights and consumer survivor issues and rights

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Thorough understanding of and experience working in programs serving all women and trans people with complex intersecting needs including homelessness, mental health issues, addictions and histories of trauma
  • Strong understanding of client-centered, trauma-informed, low barrier and anti-oppression practices
  • Extensive knowledge of substance use and harm reduction principles
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and facilitating harm reduction programming
  • Experience working in a low barrier drop-in or similar environment
  • Understanding of peer led model of engagement and interest in working with peer workers
  • Proven ability to provide case support and advocacy to all women and trans people from a feminist and anti-oppressive perspective
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with community-based resources and services including shelter support, housing, legal, income support, health, mental health and settlement
  • An understanding of systems that cause and support homelessness, poverty and marginalization
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to build effective relationships with participants, team members and community partners
  • Skilled in crisis intervention, de-escalation, conflict resolution and group facilitation
  • Strong problem-solving, team building and priority setting skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and demanding work environment
  • Educational background in social work/social services/human services work or equivalent education and lived experience
  • Fluency in Farsi, Chinese, Spanish or Portuguese is a strong asset
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and experience using pirouette, SMIS or similar database an asset

Work Conditions:

The CSW works in the Drop-In with occasional external accompaniments. The program is a 24/7 operation. Working in the Drop In may require some physical effort (walking around Drop In/between floors, lifting and standing during meal serving). There may be the risk of exposure to potentially unpredictable behaviours and situations. The 24/7 Drop In is a pet friendly facility and employees will be expected to be in the proximity of animals.

Hours: Overnight Awake Shifts: 11:00 pm – 8:00 pm or 11:30 pm – 8:30 pm (35 hours/week)
Shifts: Monday to Thursday
Hourly rate: $24.95
Location: 962 Bloor St. West and Occasional accompaniments in the community

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter by July 25, 2019 to:

Melody Grant
962 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1L6

Email:mgrant@sistering.org

Subject Line: Community Support Worker – Drop In – Overnight – Monday - Thursday

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Tina Cai, Human Resources Coordinator, by email tcai@sistering .org, or phone at 416-926-9762 ext. 242.

Thank you to all those who respond to this posting. Only those selected for further screening will be contacted. No telephone call inquiries.