The spirit of diversity and inclusion is encouraged and infused into everything we engage in at LACASA Center—from the community education programs we develop and the Crisis Shelter we operate, to the employee benefits we offer and the social outreach initiatives we spearhead. It is our belief that opportunity, access, resources, and rewards should be available to, and for, the benefit of all.

Since our agency was established in 1981, we have evolved to offer more than 30 programs and services that help empower victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault as they rebuild their lives.

Our independent nonprofit organization serves Livingston County and is located in Howell, Michigan. If you are passionate about our mission, we invite you to explore a career with LACASA Center.  

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: As a Shelter Advocate, you will be responsible for facilitating the day-to-day communal living among victim residents through the provision of crisis intervention, emotional support, information, referrals and advocacy.  Under general supervision, you will provide low barrier, harm reduction, trauma informed support and assistance to women, men and children in crisis.  This position requires strong skills in crisis intervention, advocacy, organization, and knowledge of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.

QUALIFICATIONS: We require a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a similar setting. Two years of experience providing support to women and/or children in crisis; two years of experience in a related field such as women’s advocacy, women’s shelter, women’s transition housing or second stage housing is preferred. Knowledge of facts and dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse also preferred. Candidates must possess knowledge of community resources, excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Orient new clients to the shelter, including educating clients on and enforcing shelter guidelines and expectations
  • Promotes and assists clients with creating a safe and cooperative living environment within shelter
  • Facilitates weekly resident meetings to determine the needs of the residents
  • Provides parenting support, incorporating a women-centered, culturally sensitive, strength-based approach
  • Assists with transportation needs for survivors, as needed
  • Provides follow up services with survivors
  • Assists with the Pet Safe Shelter responsibilities
  • Provides case management and appropriate direct services, including social casework, to clients within the residential programs
  • Provides respite for parents, as needed
  • Provides recreational and non-traditional therapeutic activities for children
  • Records and maintains clinical documentation while adhering to the standards established by the agency and related funders
  • Makes appropriate referrals and advocates for individuals and families to other agencies when appropriate
  • Attends and participates in all meetings as required
  • Assists in the development of client services
  • Networks with the community around client identified needs and issues, for victims of domestic violence
  • Provides crisis counseling, intervention, and referrals via the agency helpline and directly to clients, as needed
  • Works collaboratively with counselors, advocates, and volunteers regarding client activities and services
  • Continues to develop oneself as a professional through supervision and training
  • Adheres to ethical standards of one’s individual profession
  • Adheres to confidentiality policy as it relates to shelter residents, clients and all aspects of agency operations; records, reports, and discussions
  • Behaves in a manner consistent with LACASA Philosophies, Standards of Conduct and LACASA Staff Handbook
  • Attends and participates in all meetings, as required
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Frequent periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Occasionally required to lift items weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Frequent traversing of shelter facility
  • Occasional bending, stooping and reaching
  • Frequent communication with residents, coworkers and outside agencies

If you meet or exceed these qualifications, we invite you to send your resume and cover letter to hr@lacasacenter.org for consideration.

LACASA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer & Workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, pregnancy status, ethnicity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation and/or Veteran status. LACASA is a 501(c)3 organization.

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