Aunt Leah’s House – Family Support Worker
Aunt Leah’s Place is a non-profit organization that helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support youth on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills offered through our programming.
About Aunt Leah’s House:
In January 2023, the newly rebuilt Aunt Leah’s House opened it doors once again, to welcome vulnerable moms and their babies. Operated by Aunt Leah’s Place, since the 1980’s, Aunt Leah’s House has been a safe haven for young moms (often in foster care themselves) and their babies to ensure families remain together and not separated by the child welfare system.
Aunt Leah’s House – Family Support Worker – Full-Time
We are seeking an experienced Family Support Worker to join our Aunt Leah’s House team to support women who are at risk of losing custody of their child (ren). Our ideal candidate shares our passion for improving the outcomes for youth and families affected by the foster care system.
This role requires knowledge on child development stages & milestones; providing support with a trauma-informed lens in supporting mothers with acquiring life skills and parenting skills.
Job Summary: Reporting to the Team Lead, the Family Support Worker is part of the Aunt Leah’s House team ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and babies through a holistic and trauma informed lens. The Family Support Worker provides a range of support services for women at risk of losing custody of their child(ren) due to socio economic factors, many of whom have concurrent mental illness, substance use and /or physical health issues as well as experience with homelessness. This position assists with pre- and post-natal care and supporting the mothers in increasing their life skills with the goal of preventing children in foster care from becoming homeless, and mothers in need from losing custody of their children.
Reports To: Aunt Leah’s House Coordinator
Qualifications: Required education and experience includes:
- A Diploma in community social services
- One to two years 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 First Aid and CPR certification
- Criminal Records Search for working with vulnerable adults and children & Local Police Check
Skills and Knowledge:
- Ability to apply an analysis and knowledge of women’s issues within a feminist framework, including mental illness, substance use, sexual health, exposure to violence.
- Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with women program participants
- Ability to identify and work to increase program participant strengths
- Ability to work with program participants using hope-inducing strategies
- Ability to implement program participant-centered service plans
- Ability to respond to problematic behavior using an understanding of the behavior’s context and function
- Ability to support life-skills
- Ability to create, facilitate and assist with peer-based in house and external programming such as the Mom and Baby Fresh Food Program and annual family overnight camping trips.
- Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions
- Ability to effectively and safely resolve crisis situations
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
- Ability to collaborate with staff team and external services
- Ability to constructively resolve conflict with co-workers, management and external services
- Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
- Ability to organize and prioritize duties
- Ability to operate office equipment including computers
- Physically able to carry out the duties of the position
- Sound knowledge of women-centered services.
- Basic sound knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources
- Knowledge of the housing continuum, including market, subsidized and supported housing systems, including 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, the indigenous community, and other marginalized women
- Familiar with colonialism especially as it applies to Canada and you understand the impact of the Residential School system and Sixties Scoop
- You are passionate about the Organization’s mission and understand the current and historical context of the child welfare system in relation to colonization.
- Undergo and maintain satisfactory Criminal Record Check & Local Police Check
- A valid class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle
- Produce and maintain clear Driver’s Abstract
- Proof of vehicle business insurance and $5 million liability
- Rapid Response Overdose Training
- First Aid – Level C w/ CPR baby safe
- Mental Health First Aid
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Cultural Competency Training
- Addictions & Substance use Training
- Food Safe Certification
- CPI – Intervention Crisis Training
- Agrees and adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Care (One to one Support): Supports, encourages and challenges participants, through developing a trusting relationship. Key areas of supports are:
Parenting Skills: (how to support their family in a health manner, ages and stages of child development, discipline vs. punishment, attachment, etc.)
Job finding/keeping skills (job search, resume preparation, job interview preparation and presentation, completing application form and job maintenance)
Household maintenance skills (housing search, basic cooking skills, menu planning, house cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, shopping, keeping their suite secure etc.)
Financial management (opening bank accounts, Child Tax benefit, writing cheques, paying bills, budgeting, saving, obtaining social insurance numbers, paying rent, etc.)
Interpersonal skills (developing and maintaining healthy relationships, conflict resolution, seeking assistance and support from friends and professionals as necessary, etc.)
Health and personal habits (training and education in basic health care, development of responsible sexual practices, accessing additional services such as Mental Health/A&D Counseling)
Leisure activities (learning in locating, using, developing and maintaining healthy ways to use recreational time)
Education/vocational upgrading (assistance and support in obtaining appropriate training, participating with the youth in making contact with appropriate community resources)
Cultural Connectivity (assistance and support around connecting with their Aboriginal Heritage and participating in the cultural practices of their home (or identified home) communities.
Direct Care (other):
- Ensures that house rules are followed and implemented in a consistent manner
- Completes tasks as directed by supervisor and/or Family Support Worker
- Oversees and assists moms with meal preparation
- Completes move out – deep cleaning duties in addition to daily COVID scheduled sanitization as well as regular maintenance cleaning as directed by supervisor
- Diffuses any crisis situations
- Involved with tracking outcomes measurement (e.g., emergency drills, changes in demographics, changes in employment and education status)
- Participates with scheduled baby visit as directed by supervisor
- Ensures that expenses follow budget guidelines as outlined in the House Manual
- Manages and reconciles monthly petty cash
Health and Safety:
- House Staff ensure that Aunt Leah’s House is maintained to Society standards, according to the Aunt Leah’s policies and procedures manual; by ensuring mom’s environment is clean, safe and secure; conducting regular emergency drills with moms; checking safety devices weekly; ensuring that each mom is knowledgeable of fire exit routes in their suite
- Participates in the annual review of Aunt Leah’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures
- Communicates accurately and in writing that ensures seamless delivery of care between staff
- Completes report writing at professional standards (daily logs, critical & reportable)
- Ensures all written records are to court standards
- Regularly updates and informs supervisor of activities
- Liaises and seeks direction from the on-call supervisor in crisis situations
- Follow procedures and protocols for reporting Critical and Reportable Incidents and contacts the appropriate authorities
- Attend all team meetings and society meetings as directed by the Thresholds Coordinator
- Communicates with family members and other professionals as required
- Researches community resources and makes information available to residents and other staff members
- All information about residents in the program is strictly confidential both internally and externally
- Ensures all written material is locked in the office and all phone calls regarding participants take place in the office
Physical Demands: This position requires some lifting of heavier objects
- Aunt Leah’s House is a Supportive Housing program for mothers in need in Burnaby; Staff works alone
- Annual overnight camping trip and or other outings, celebrations or activities
- Full-time Regular; Sunday to Thursday shift schedule
- An average shift is 7.5 hours; Scheduled monthly by the Coordinator
- On-call rotation as required per schedule
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy: As of January 4, 2022, Aunt Leah’s Place has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination policy. Aunt Leah’s Place strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated (2 doses) for COVID-19. Rather than a mandatory vaccine policy, we have implemented a voluntary disclosure of vaccination. Employees will fill out a “voluntary disclosure” form indicating their vaccination status. Employees that do not wish to voluntarily disclose their vaccination status will be considered unvaccinated for operational planning purposes. The voluntary disclosure form will be included in the hiring process.
We offer: A comprehensive benefits package that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP matching, generous vacation, and personal time package, and an employee discount at our Thrift Store.
Salary: Starting at $23.00 an hour
To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter with salary expectation, quoting Aunt Leah’s House- Family Support Worker in the subject line, to [email protected]. Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest in joining Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society!
We encourage qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities to apply if you are interested in supporting our mission and mandate and like what we have to offer.