St. Columbas Shelter Case Manager
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Friday, May 10, 2019
THE MISSION OF PROJECT HOME
The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.
Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.
Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.
Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.
THE VALUES OF PROJECT HOME
The work of Project HOME is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person.
We believe that all persons are entitled to decent, affordable housing and access to quality education, employment, and health care.
We believe in the transformational power of building relationships and community as the ultimate answer to the degradation of homelessness and poverty.
We believe that working to end homelessness and poverty enhances the quality of life for everyone in our community.
We believe that the critical resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission must be managed honorably and professionally.
Job Summary: St. Columba is a low demand safe haven residence that serves 40 men who are living with mental illness and have experienced chronic street homelessness. Residents may also be facing substance use and/or health issues. The responsibilities of the Case Manager position include assisting residents with meeting goals such as obtaining housing, entitlement assistance, money and medication management, training in interpersonal skills and conflict resolution, as well as accessing substance abuse services This position will provide support and an array of services that will promote wellness, recovery, community inclusion that will support residents in reaching goals toward obtaining housing.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide case management services to assigned residents including but not limited to identifying needs and establish goals and objectives using a person-centered approach. Assist residents with learning or improving skills to complete activities of daily living (scheduling and attending appointments, attending programs, recreational activities, personal hygiene, laundry, budgeting, cleanliness of personal space and adherence to house rules). Assist with referrals to community based services, housing applications and income/mainstream benefits applications.
- Monitor medication as scheduled and maintain up to date medication charts and boxes for assigned residents.
- Recognize and manage crises effectively. Utilize de-escalation skills; create an atmosphere of safety and accountability. Follow up as necessary with mental health, medical and/or treatment providers to connect residents to appropriate levels of care.
- Complete documentation as required including electronic record keeping system, resident files and completion of reports as required.
- Attend and participate in team meetings, case reviews and concurrent review meetings as scheduled along with supervision and other program or agency meetings as assigned.
- Demonstrate ability to work independently in the community by managing time and daily schedule, making decisions with residents in the field and acting on them as needed, adjusting schedule based on emergencies and/or priorities, meeting daily and monthly productivity requirements.
- Provide on-call coverage as scheduled
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Valid Driver's License
- Experience with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental illness and substance use.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal and written communication skills
- Good computer skills - proficient in Microsoft outlook, word, excel and electronic record keeping
- Ability to listen and respond with empathy, compassion and hope. Ability to implement person centered goal and recovery plans.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field
- Residential and/or outreach experience
- Experience with Trauma Informed Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Critical Time Intervention, Stages of Change or other evidence-based practices.
- Familiarity with Philadelphia mental health, housing and/or substance treatment providers.
- Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a drug screen and background checks.
Project HOME reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of the duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.
The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, youth, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization. Join us! Project HOME has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all staff and applicants for employment. Employment decisions including, but not limited to, hiring selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, associate programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.