• Youth Resident Support Worker I, Lansing MI

    Posted Date 6 days ago(1/11/2019 3:18 PM)
    Requisition Number
    Support Workers
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
    Work Hours
    Varied/8 Hour Shift
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
    Position Location
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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


    Provides direct assistance and guidance to youth transitioning between foster care and independence living in Staff Supported Housing.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Serve as a role model to youth in residence by modeling responsible behaviors as required.
    2. Provide guidance in daily living skills, including household chores to youth.
    3. Monitor activities of youth to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Report non-compliance with home rules to the Case Manager.
    4. Maintain communication with youth to ensure adjustment to program expectations.
    5. Facilitate and /or participate in “house meetings” to review house rules, plan activities or discuss other needs of house/group.
    6. Participate in treatment planning meeting with each youth as needed or requested.
    7. Communicate implementation of each youth’s Independent Living Plan with Independent Living Coach, Case Manager and other appropriate parties.
    8. Maintain adequate awareness of youth’s activities to ensure the safety of the youth, other residents, staff and the home are maintained.
    9. Report safety hazards and needed repairs within home and grounds to designated Case Manager or Supervisor.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • High school diploma or equivalent required.
    • College coursework in social services preferred.
    • Professional training in social work, social services or child development preferred.



    • Experience working in a group home or residential setting preferred.
    • Experience working with youth preferred.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability and willingness to display compassion and sensitivity to youth.
    • Ability and willingness to relate to youth who are in transition from foster care or residential placement to independent living. Ability to deal with a variety of circumstances; ability to recognize problem and respond and/or take appropriate action.
    • Ability to work creatively and effectively in team setting as well as independently with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with others on an interpersonal level.
    • Ability to understand the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the youth served.
    • Ability to guide youth in understanding and applying basic life management skills.
    • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
    • Ability to use basic math skills.
    • Ability to read, speak and legibly write English language with proper use of punctuation, spelling and grammar.
    • Bi-lingual in Spanish (or the Major language of the youth in care) preferred.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of youth information.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Valid unrestricted driver’s license with good driving record, proof of current registration and automobile insurance preferred; reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served preferred.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.
    • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
    • Ability to move freely about the office.
    • Ability to maneuver up and down staircases.
    • Ability to stoop, bend and lift arms over head.


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