Community Integration Food Equity Support Worker, the Vivian.

We are looking for a Community Integration Food Equity Support Worker for our Vivian Transitional Housing Program for Women. The Vivian is a minimal barrier housing program in Vancouver specifically designed for women living with concurrent mental illness, addiction and other challenges. The facility was developed in response to the unique needs of women and is women-only, including both residents and staff. It offers a minimal barrier, high tolerance environment and follows a harm-reduction/health promotion philosophy. The Vivian screens women in (not out) of the program based on the complexities of their needs, histories and behaviours. The program is flexible, non-judgmental and responsive to the unique challenges faced by homeless women.

Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: women (trans, cis) gender diverse and two-spirit applicants only please.

Hours: 37.5 weekly

Schedule: Fri – Tues 3:30pm – 11:30pm, includes a 30 minute unpaid meal period.

Union: BCGEU

Salary: $22.38 hourly to start (BCGEU Grid 10A)

Work Location: Vancouver, BC

Start Date: ASAP

Status: Temporary Full-Time until April 30, 2019 or until return of incumbent

Job Summary: The Community Integration Food Equity Support Worker provides a range of services for women living in the community, many of whom have concurrent mental health, substance use and /or physical health issues. The CIFESW has lead responsibility for promoting food security initiatives. The CIFESW will work with tenants to source accessible food and co-ordinate meal planning to promote community, health, dignity, autonomy and food justice for the population that resides at the Vivian. The CIFESW will pay special attention to promoting multi-cultural aspects, collaborating with residents and the support team including the Women’s Indigenous Cultural Liaison and the Aboriginal Program Supervisor. The CIFESW will work with local community groups to source food and find opportunities to engage tenants in urban responses to a lack of food security.

The CIFESW also, performs Support worker duties for service recipients to ensure that recipients’ self-identified goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and practices, consistent with the values of self-determination and harm reduction using a strengths-based and trauma-informed practice. The CIFESW collaborates with tenants to develop and implement service plans, including: assessment, goal setting, achievement and review, resource acquisition, and monitoring in the areas of daily living, financial, vocational/educational, social supports including family, health, harm reduction, culture, recovery, and leisure/recreational supports. The CIFESW works closely and collaboratively with other direct service staff, family and external service providers, advocating for access and rights as needed. The CIFESW also provides daily supports including medication administration, building security, crisis intervention, health and recreational groups and general problem solving. As a member of the support team, the CIFESW also cleans common areas, washrooms and other building maintenance, including supporting tenants to maintain the health and safety of their suites.

Diversity: RainCity Housing serves a diverse group of people and we need a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.

Program: The Vivian is a minimal barrier housing program in Vancouver specifically designed for women living with concurrent mental health issues, substance use issues and/or other challenges. The facility was developed in response to the unique needs of women and is women-only, including both residents and staff. It offers a minimal barrier, high tolerance environment and follows a harm-reduction/health promotion philosophy. The Vivian screens women in (not out) of the program based on the complexities of their needs, histories and behaviours. The program is flexible, non-judgmental and responsive to the unique challenges faced by homeless women.

Qualifications: many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived experience of mental illness / addiction/ homelessness; Minimum education and experience includes:

  • A Diploma in community social services.
  • One year of recent, related work experience including working with women, with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current Food Safe Level 1 certification.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Recent, related experience of gender oppression.

Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services

  • Ability to apply an analysis and knowledge of women’s issues within a feminist framework, including mental illness, substance use, women’s sexual health, exposure to violence.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Source accessible food from local partners and community groups.
  • Work with tenants to develop culturally relevant opportunities to obtain and celebrate food.
  • Develop weekly meal and grocery plans for daily meals to be prepared by the Vivian team and residents.
  • Identify and work to increase people’s strengths.
  • Work with people using hope-inducing strategies.
  • Informally teach harm reduction, life skills.
  • Implement client-centred service plans.
  • Respond to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviour’s context and function.
    • Sound knowledge of women-centred services.
    • Knowledge of the integrated concurrent disorders recovery model for working with chronically homeless individuals.
    • Knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources.
    • Knowledge of the bio-psychosocial addictions model, including stages of change and harm reduction.
    • Knowledge of diagnoses, treatment and support resources in the areas of substance use, physical health, HIV and Hepatitis C.
    • Knowledge of the housing continuum, including supported housing systems and program models for special needs populations.
    • Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization specifically related to the experience of women, mental health consumers and substance users, gender non-conforming people, indigenous communities, POC communities and other women encountering stigma.

Please send your resume and cover letter to us by e-mail: externaljobs@raincityhousing.org or by fax to 604-254-3703. You can also drop your resume and cover letter off in person by visiting us at 616 Powell St, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC.


 

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