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AmeriCorps Most Vulnerable Populations (Temporary Full Time) - Salt Lake City, UT #4414296


Company: Salt Lake County

Date: 01/12/2018

Category: Manufacturing — Other

City: Salt Lake City, UT

What is AmeriCorps: The program first became operational in 1994 and has expanded over time,with over 80,000 members participating annually as of 2012. AmeriCorps engages adults in public service work with the goal of "helping others while meeting critical needs in the community."AmeriCorps State and National members engage in direct service activities, such as after-school tutoring or assisting the homeless community, and capacity-building activities, such as volunteer recruitment, for the organizations they serve.


Background and Purpose: Salt Lake County's AmeriCorps Program places AmeriCorps members in community agencies who serve individuals and families who are or have been homeless. Many of them have lived on the streets or in refugee camps for years. They often have challenges with mental health and substance abuse. Because they have been or are homeless, they lack job experience and skills to gainful employment. The focus of the Salt Lake County AmeriCorps Program is Economic Opportunity. To help with these efforts, AmeriCorps members will also work to recruit volunteers who can provide services and resources to individuals and families.


Below is a generic duties description. All duties below to include completing formerly homeless and formerly unemployed surveys on a quarterly basis.


Activities


Housing Placement: identify individuals and families in need of housing. Interview clients to assess the type and need for housing. Provide clients with information on housing opportunities. Explain the rules and requirements of housing. Work with landlords to identify housing opportunities. Assist client in preparing housing applications. Assist clients in the search for housing. Provide assistance to help clients move into housing.


Housing Stability: Visit clients on a regular basis to assess housing stability. Develop working relationships with clients. Develop an individualized client self-sufficiency plan with goals. Based on assessments of client needs, refer clients to appropriate agencies for additional services such as mental health, substance abuse, public assistance, transportation and other supportive services. Communicate with property management staff to identify and reduce client problems. Act as an advocate for clients. Provide opportunities for clients to interact with others to foster healthy relationships and overall positive housing experience through workshops, holiday celebrations, exercise groups, trips to local venues, trainings, etc.


Employment: Develop and provide opportunities for clients to gain additional skills and abilities to become employed. Prepare employment assessments and employment plans. Discuss short and long term goals for employment. Assist with gathering information and preparing resumes. Engage in one on one job coaching. Provide internet training opportunities to teach clients how to do job searches. Develop and locate appropriate employment opportunities for clients. Arrange and/or escort clients to potential places of employments. Promotes and conduct workshops, classes and programs offered on employment related activities.


Data and record keeping: Create new hard files, electronic files and enter data on activities provided to clients. Provide information on services provided for quarterly reports that reflect activities provided in the areas of housing, employment and access to mainstream services. Develop a system to track unduplicated numbers of clients served.


Access mainstream Services: Perform or use data from client assessments to determine additional needs to maintain housing and secure and maintain employment. Based on assessment data refer clients to other agencies for services such as mental health, substance abuse, public assistance, social security disability, etc. Follow up on referrals. Work directly with clients in filling out paper work or attending meetings with client to become eligible for services. Act as an advocate for clients. Manage an active caseload of clients seeking mainstream services.


Volunteer Activities: Assist in the recruiting of volunteers and donated resources to help clients in their housing and employment activities. Assists in the management of volunteers to provide services to clients. Organize meaningful activities for clients that volunteers can provide. Develop systems to track the number of unduplicated volunteers recruited and the hours of service they provided.


Training: Participate in agency training activities to increase knowledge skills and abilities in delivering client services. Attend AmeriCorps orientation and training sessions as required. Participate in monitoring visits of the sites by County staff. Participate with other AmeriCorps members in service projects.


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled


Salt Lake County


DEPARTMENT OF REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT-1046


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