CHRIS Kids Emergency Shelter is a component of Summit Trail that provides emergency housing and support to young adults ages 16-22. Emergency housing and support is provided to homeless youth for a maximum of 90 days to meet outcomes associated with 1) increasing their safety, 2) increasing their individual well-being, 3) increasing their ability to be self-sufficient and 4) assisting them in building permanent connections with caring adults in the community.
The Outreach Coordinator will provide services and support to individuals receiving case management support through the Emergency Shelter at CHRIS Kids and homeless youth in the community. This position is responsible for locating homeless youth in the community, offering supportive services, and providing after care support to youth who transition out of shelter space.
Requirements: Bachelors Degree with 2-3 years of Relevant Experience (working with the homeless and shelter population).
Outreach Coordinator provides support through the following service provisions:
Assist in developing interagency and community network relationships which improve access to relevant housing, medical, food, education, and employment services.
Develop and distribute public information to increase public awareness.
Actively seek out and identify street homeless persons throughout metro Atlanta and initiate a process of engagement to support additional services.
Build trust and rapport by offering emergency assistance such as food, clothing, and sleeping bags.
Develop and maintain a schedule of regular street stops while remaining flexible to incorporate new street sites at other locations.
Assist in making appropriate referrals to homeless individuals, including treatment for medical, mental health and substance abuse issues as well as social service, housing/shelter and employment services.
Follow the progress of the homeless individual transitioning out of emergency shelter and continue to provide emergency services, information, practical and emotional support to take steps towards gaining or maintaining permanent housing.
Maintain a daily log of client contacts and services.
Work as part of a team, meeting regularly to share information, strategies, mutual support, and ideas with a primary goal of assisting clients to achieve self-reliance and housing.
Minimum Education and Qualifications:
BSW or similar degree demonstrating education in human service issues or a combination of education and direct work;
Outreach experience working with homeless individual a MUST
Demonstrated experience in teaching both adolescents and adults life skill classes;
Knowledge of mental health diagnosis, emotional and/or behavior concerns and effective interventions;
Demonstrated knowledge of building community collaborations and connecting individuals to services;
Good listening, verbal and oral communication skills;
Patience, persistence, and concern for the welfare and potential rehabilitation of each homeless individual Sensitivity, patience and flexibility in working with population;
Ability to work flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends as needed.
Cover letters and resumes will be reviewed immediately. Interviews will take place immediately until the position is filled.