San Francisco, California

Social Services Advocate

Justice and Diversity Center -- San Francisco, California

1- or 2-year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service



Responsibilities: Assist the Director of Social Services in developing services for and delivering services to clients who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. These responsibilities could include the following:

  1. interviewing, making assessments, and advocating on behalf of clients for services for which they are eligible for and/or have been unfairly denied or delayed in receiving;
  2. making referrals to appropriate community resources, including homeless shelters, emergency housing, subsidized housing, public benefits, job training, employment, health care providers, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment, and related programs;
  3. attending and participating in staff meetings and community meetings and developing linkages with other service providers;


  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree, or higher, in social work, sociology, psychology, or a closely related field.
  2. An interest in and an understanding of the causation of homelessness in America from an economic/political perspective.
  3. A sincere desire to assist the homeless population.
  4. Fluency in Spanish will be helpful, but is not required.

Client knowledge:
The Social Services Advocate will become educated and informed about the lives of clients who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless by:

  1. conducting intake interviews at HAP;
  2. making psychosocial assessments as needed;
  3. providing services, making referrals, and serving as a client advocate;
  4. developing a working relationship with clients at HAP or VLSP's downtown office.
  5. keeping abreast of current social, political, economic, and psychological perspectives as they relate to homelessness.



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