Casual Ongoing Support Worker, Foxglove Enhanced Health Housing

POSITION TITLE: Support Worker
PROGRAM: Foxglove Enhanced Health Housing
UNION: BCGEU
SALARY: $26.42/hour (BCGEU grid 34) + $2.50/hour as a premium for night shifts.
TYPE: Casual Ongoing, 0.4 FTE. May also pick up shifts at other sites
SCHEDULE: Saturday-Sunday, 11:00pm-7:00am, includes a 30-minute unpaid meal period.
START DATE: As soon as possible

Pursuant to the Provincial Health Officer’s Order, the incumbent of this position is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will only consider applicants who are fully vaccinated, or who have received an exemption from the Provincial Health Office. Proof of either must be provided in advance of any offer of employment being made.

To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2022.204” to: Adina Edwards, Acting Senior Manager at the Foxglove, at aedwards@raincityhousing.org

ABOUT US

RainCity Housing is an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues. We invite you to be a part of the change.

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.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Support Worker provides a range of supports, serving homeless/at risk individuals, many of whom are living with mental illness, substance use and/or HIV. Using a strengths-based model, the Support Worker participates with tenants in the development and implementation of service plans, including: assessment; goal setting, achievement and review; resource acquisition; and monitoring in the areas of daily living, financial, vocational/educational, social supports, health, harm reduction, culture, recovery and leisure/recreational supports. The Support Worker works closely and collaboratively with other direct service staff, family and external service providers, advocating for access and rights as needed. The Support Worker also provides daily supports including medication administration, building security, crisis intervention, health and recreational groups and general problem solving.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Foxglove Enhanced Health Housing: The 39-unit Enhanced Health Housing floor will have dedicated medication management, psychosocial rehabilitation, support for minor medical issues and work in partnership with Fraser Health services such as Mental Health and Substance Use and Home Health. Other hospitality services such as meals and laundry, also there will be a part-time nurse on site twenty hours a week for tenants to access. This section of foxglove will also be staffed twenty-four hours a day over three separate shifts. Folks in this space will have access to indigenous cultural liaisons who will create programing connected to culture and build relationships with participants. There will be peer support specialist available seven days a week as well. The referral pathway for these twenty-three units will come from Fraser health.

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,
  • Two years of recent, related work experience; emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services,
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience,
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification,

Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services

  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships
  • 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
  • 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 as related to chronically homeless individuals.