|Community Support Coordinator||https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/526155/Community Support Coordinator||Community Support Coordinator||Ozanam House||<p>
Established in 2009, Ozanam House, is permanent, service enriched housing for men over 55 who are very low income, who are disabled, who meet the federal definition of chronically homeless, who struggle with issues of addiction (or have in the past). This means that they have been homeless continuously for one year, or have been homeless 4 times in 3 years. Those living in the furnished, single room occupancy (SRO) apartments are supported by a number of on-site services including: individual case management, an optional meal program, 24 hour staff, and the assistance of a chemical dependency case manager.
There are 56 apartments in one site. A minimum of 10 units are occupied by veterans. All residents carry with them the baggage of having been homeless; some are in fragile physical health, some are mentally ill, many struggle with addictions, all are economically disadvantaged, most have multiple disabling conditions.
The Community Support Coordinator is part of the service team. This person will develop, organize, and execute services which individually support residents to be successful residents in Ozanam House. Some residents want to move forward to less supervised and more independent housing. A significant step in making such a move is developing or refreshing independent living skills. This year we would like the volunteer, with our help, to create and carry out a curriculum of skill development or experiences. This may include basic financial management, how to set goals and having the courage to pursue them, relationships 101, finding paid or volunteer work, using leisure time, and more. The volunteer does not need to have mastered these areas of expertise; he/she will be an organizer, a student, maybe a coach, and certainly a promoter. This person will also support the overall community success by developing, organizing and executing activities or programs that nurture connections within the building and the larger Seattle Community. A background or even an interest in physical fitness may be helpful in directing the residents in more fitness minded active lives. If the Community Support Coordinator has an interest in the field of Social Work they may also shadow various on-site service positions such as Resident Services Manager/Case Manager, Chemical Dependency Counselor or Business Manager as possible future careers.
A typical day will include serving residents individually and groups. It may include activities inside and outside the physical structure. In all ways this position includes direct service to the men of Ozanam House. The position has many regular, expected, predictable duties; however, the Mennonite Volunteer is encouraged to develop activities, services, projects that complement their own areas of interest and skill.
Examples of work include:
<li> Holding office hour in which residents may use a phone or put time on their phones, , get help applying for jobs, contacting family, making appointments, or help accessing the resources on the internet Helping orient new residents, making sure resident lists and resident birthday lists are accurate, and making introductions.</li>
<li>Keeping 2 resident dedicated computers functional and efficient. </li>
<li>Monitoring and updating the community's webpage.</li>
<li>Driving or accompanying residents to appointments. Helping residents' complete forms and applications, and finding new resources for their benefit. </li>
<li>Soliciting donations from outside resources for social and recreational duties. </li>
<li>Leading and/or participating in recreational activities. </li>
<li>Soliciting donations for Christmas and organizing activities of celebration.</li>
<li>Finding , training, and supervising volunteers in support of household activities</li>
<li>Being aware of resident issues and contributing to the resolution of these issues. </li>
<li>Attending weekly staff meetings, house meetings, and making action plans as needed. </li>
<li>A combination of experience and education in working directly with people. This may include one on one assistance to homeless people, advocacy for low-income populations, experience working with elders, experience in human services, knowledge and experience working with people substance abuse issues, and/ or an understanding of culturally diverse groups.</li>
<li>An interest in health care or experience with health care providers, therapists, community clinics, hospitals, alternative medical practices, or good health promotion</li>
<li>Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and maintain a professional and positive demeanor at all times. It is an asset to be comfortable in initiating or participating in conversations with a variety of people.</li>
<li>Basic computer skills with the ability to maintain client records, produce community resource information flyers, contribute to the database used by the agency, and internet searches. </li>
<li>Valid Driver's License and an acceptable driving record that meets requirements of the agency's Employee Driving Policy and Fleet Management Policy.</li>
<li>This position has a key role in resident's celebration of December holidays. For this reason the Mennonite volunteer is asked to delay December vacations until December 25th. </li>
<li>Ability to serve within the mission, goals and objectives of the Catholic Housing Services and Catholic Community Services.</li>