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Activities Assistant

Activities Assistant

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Support Workers
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Weekends and/or Holidays Required 
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Position Location 
US-MI-Grand Rapids

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Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


Job Summary


Conducts individual and group activities for residents at assigned center, under the direction of the Activities Director.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conduct resident-centered activities, including a balance of physical, intellectual, religious, arts and crafts programs, sensory/stimulation programs, and community outings under supervision of the Activities Director.
  2. Visit with and provide a variety of activities to room-bound residents.
  3. Transport residents to and from campus activities, as needed.
  4. Document and maintain accurate records related to residents' level of activity and participation.
  5. Maintain adequate levels of supplies and report equipment and supply needs to supervisor; store supplies and equipment in assigned storage areas and activity centers.


Job Qualifications


Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred.



  • Experience working with older adults in a group setting preferred.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to display compassion and empathy with vulnerable adults who may become angry, hostile or combative.
  • Ability to appropriately communicate with and respond to adults with varying levels of cognitive and physical impairments.
  • Ability and willingness to work constructively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain a helping role when interfacing with persons served; intervenes when appropriate.
  • Ability to work independently and interdependently to organize and implement activities.
  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to work effectively through change.
  • Ability to move quickly from one task to another. Ability to read, speak and write English.
  • Ability to speak effectively to groups of individuals.
  • Ability to add, subtract and multiply two digit numbers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff from other departments.


Additional Work Requirements

  • N/A


Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Ability to safely lift and transfer persons served on an as needed or regular basis and using appropriate level of assistance for lifts and transfers.
  • Ability to push person in wheel chair weighing up to 250 pounds on a frequent basis, often for long distances.