Sasha Bruce Youthwork Case Manager - Permanent Housing Program in Washington, District Of Columbia
Mission of the Organization:
The mission of Sasha Bruce Youthwork is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected and at-risk youth and their families in the Washington area. We achieve this by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year. Sasha Bruce Youthwork seeks to support and empower vulnerable young people and families. Our approach is focused on the family and based on our clients’ competencies. Indeed, our counselors are trained not to diagnose pathologies, but to identify and build on the strengths of each young person and family. SBY works to provide youth with the tools they need to curb high-risk behaviors, stabilize their living situations, and lead meaningful and productive lives. A person who believes he can change and who can envision a different life can make that desire real.
SBY provides help wherever it’s needed—on the street, in its shelters, or at the homes of young people and families who are struggling. Serving a community where institutions and systems are broken and young people and their families are struggling to overcome obstacles, SBY uses proven youth development practices to help youth find new ways of surviving, thriving, and realizing success. With more than 30 years of experience meeting the growing needs of DC’s youth and families with innovative programs, Sasha Bruce Youthwork is always willing to listen and ready to help.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist families with establishment of Family Service Plans to identify short and long-term individual and family goals to obtain and maintain housing
• Conduct monthly review of spending summary and review program rules, policy and procedures with residents
• Advocate for families and individuals to obtain services (e.g. mental health, mental retardation, alcohol and drug, housing referrals, financial assistance, home based services, training, medical services, mentoring and socialization)
• Utilize automated systems to update, maintain, track and report progress and outcomes of clients via service plans and goal attainment and provide continuous assistance to clients in preparing for and securing permanent housing
• Meet with families to review progress and identify and provide referral services to address substance abuse, mental health issues, and coordinate community resources
• Provide support and advocacy for children by monitoring school attendance and partnering with Homeless Liaison and provide clients with mediator supportive services to strengthen family relationships
• Partner with other agencies to provide resources and tools to assist families with receiving defined community support
• Attend required training's inclusive of supervision and clinical consultation and maintain confidential case notes/records
• Carry out emergency fire evacuation, and emergency procedures in case of an illness or accident, provide office coverage, answer and records phone calls and visitors, enforces “house rules” and ensure safety of permanent housing facilities and perform other duties assigned
Knowledge and Skills Required:
• Bachelor's degree in social services or related field required and 3 years experience in related field. Ability to obtain and sustain various clearances required for the program. Knowledge of Homeless Services Reform Act, DC Department of Human Services and ADA Policy and ability to identify issues that are not easily defined and provide mitigation strategies and experience working with children and families a must.
Knowledge and Skills Desired:
• A Bachelors Degree. • A 5 years experience in the human service field preferably working with adolescents/young adults.