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Shelter Support Advocate

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ORGANIZATION: Crossroads Safehouse

  • 23 people are interested

Title: Shelter Support Advocate

Purpose: Work with and support staff in assisting clients with basic requests/needs and the general functioning of the shelter. In addition, volunteers answer crisis calls and other calls that come into the shelter.

Supervision: Direct Services Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Hours: One shift a week, any day 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Essential functions:

  • Greet and assist residents with various needs
  • Answer crisis calls and fill out initial contact forms and relevant screening forms
  • Answer and direct business calls
  • Provide information collected from crisis calls to staff advocates so they can determine eligibility for admittance to shelter
  • Assist with projects as needed
  • Respond to visitors and direct to appropriate staff
Qualifications:
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with clients and staff effectively
  • Must be able to multi-task efficiently
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a variety of tasks
  • Knowledge of domestic violence and crisis intervention
  • Ability to effectively engage in crisis intervention on the phone and in person
  • Ability to get along well with others
  • Basic understanding and acceptance of Crossroads philosophy and purpose
  • Knowledge of Crossroads programs, services, and events
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Good written and oral communication
Training:
  • Online Violence Free Colorado training
  • DV101 training session
  • CORE Training
  • Expanded Shelter Support Advocate Training

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About Crossroads Safehouse

Location:

PO Box 993, Fort Collins, CO 80522, US

Mission Statement

Mission: Crossroads Safehouse creates a safe environment for victims of domestic violence and promotes social change for the community through education and intervention

Description

Early in the spring of 1977, Ruth Edwards from the district attorney's office and Linda Miller from Larimer County Mental Health (LCMH) met to discuss their frustration with the lack of services for battered women in Larimer County.They decided a task force would be necessary to address the problem.

They set up a meeting of representatives from different human service agencies with the goal of providing more inter-agency coordination and continuity of service provisions to battered women. The task force began by printing a card for police officers to hand to battered women advertising the group. Posters and radio campaigns also brought women to the group.

It was recognized early on that the primary need of battered women was a refuge for themselves and their children; a place where they could stay long enough to begin breaking the cycle of battering and start making some significant changes in their lives.

Now, more than twenty years after the conception of Crossroads, we are able to offer a variety of services to the surrounding community. These services include:

  • Safe Housing for battered women and their children
  • Community education
  • 24-hour crisis line
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Youth program
  • Legal Advocacy
  • DART (Domestic Abuse Response Team)
  • Spanish Outreach Program
  • Rapid Rehousing Program

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Crisis Support
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Crisis Support

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

421 Parker StreetFort Collins, CO 80525

(40.56506,-105.07103)
 

SKILLS

  • Office Reception
  • Organization
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer Service

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 2 hours per week
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with clients and staff effectively. Must be able to multi-task efficiently. Knowledge of Crossroads programs, services, and events. Knowledge of community resources

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