Provides mobile advocacy services and support to survivors of relationship violence, stalking, and sexual assault or abuser and their children.
Duties and Responsibilities
Adhere to principles and practice of a DV focused Housing First model to include Trauma Informed Care, Harm Reduction and Safety Planning; Mobile Advocacy and Flexible Engagement.
Collect agency referral form and conduct intake assessment for eligible participants seeking support, identifying housing service needs and coordinating initial service. Links clients with community resources as necessary.
Provide ongoing support to domestic violence survivors including outreach to complete housing applications, program agreements, and assessments, and to provide housing orientations as appropriate.
Connect client to community resources and services identified in their safety plan and housing plan.
Assist the Domestic Violence Advocate in establishing an in-house library of written and electronic resources and material that can be used to support both professional development and community engagement efforts.
Collects and records client and service information in a timely and accurate manner. Maintains client case files and records in organized and easily accessible fashion.
Attends and participates in individual and group supervision, team and staff meetings and training as scheduled.
Develops and maintains positive, supportive working relationships with other team members and all agency staff.
Actively pursues professional development opportunities to stay current in the field.
Other duties as assigned.
Education: Current student working on obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in human services or other related field.
Experience: Knowledge of counseling and advocacy techniques for people who have been victims of domestic violence, including crisis intervention and case management skills beneficial.
Skills: Demonstrated ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate when working with others. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer literate as appropriate. Bilingual a plus.
Abilities: Willingness to provide in-home services. Must be team player and able to work independently.
Other requirements: Must have a valid California driver’s license, a safe driving record, insurance and reliable vehicle and willing to use it on the job. Mileage for work travel will be reimbursed.
Sitting for long periods of time in the homes of clients, in the office or at required meetings and in supervision sessions. (Currently clients are remote due to COVID-19)
Daily traveling in car to clients or to agency or meetings.
Occasional lifting and carrying of boxes or bags for delivery to clients (such as emergency food supplies).
Frequent note-taking and recoding in files.
Office space may be shared.
Frequent travel to provide mobile advocacy for clients.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Home Start, Inc.
5005 Texas St., Suite 203, San Diego, CA 92108, US
Home Start exists to assure the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and communities.
We recognize that all children hope for a bright future. That’s why Home Start works tirelessly to help families identify and use their strengths to build a better future for themselves. We are committed to a community-based collaborative effort to reach children and families at risk in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. Our dedicated staff work on the front lines each day in the battle to keep children safe and help them thrive. Services are home-and-center based and provided free of charge or on a sliding scale. Last year we served over 28,000 families in San Diego and surrounding counties.
This philosophy applies beyond those we help to the entire San Diego region, which benefits from:
Proven practices that stop abuse within families and in our neighborhoods
Outreach programs that respond to specific community needs
Education and assistance to improve parenting
Throughout our diverse and expansive network, you will find a shared commitment from our staff and partners to assure every child has a safe, stable, and nurturing home.