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House Parent Couple

House Parent Couple

Company: Inner Hope Youth MInistries
Contact Person: Diana Squires
Location/Address:
548 E 29th Street
Vancouver, British Columbia , V5V2R9
Phone: 778.558.5385
Position Description

Description:

Inner Hope is a diverse and welcoming community made up of East Vancouver youth and families, and a dynamic team of staff and volunteers who are passionate about long-term relationships. We are seeking a dynamic couple to fill the role of House Parents for Inner Hope’s housing program. This is a live-in ministry opportunity for a married couple who are called to a full-life integration approach to ministry with at-risk youth. If you are passionate about inner-city missions, if your values inspire you to walk alongside a vulnerable population, you will thrive in this role!

Our House Parents foster a supportive home environment for residents aged 16-24 while managing daily house life and investing in meaningful relationships with youth and their families. The Home is a substance-free house based on Christian values, for youth who desire structure, support and accountability in their lives. The House Parent couple will reside in the home with up to four youth, modeling healthy living skills and providing an optimum level of support and discipleship. The Home also provides a second home and safe haven for past residents, friends and family of residents, and other Inner Hope community members as time and energy allows.

Responsible to: Director of Programs (Diana Squires)

Start Date: January 2018 (paid training provided; exact start date negotiable). Official move-in date is February 1st, 2018.

Hours:

  • Live in The Home
  • The Primary House Parent must be committed and available to the home and its residents on a full-time basis; the Secondary House Parent is employed with Inner Hope half-time and may accept other employment or schooling with consideration for how it will impact the role. Both House Parents must be committed to parenting and engaging in home life.
  • 2 evenings off per week. 1 weekend/1 week off per month (alternating months). 

Remuneration: $2500 / month

Benefits:

  • Room & Board (90% non-taxable)
  • $600 / month respite renewal allowance (taxable income)
  • Group Benefits Plan (couple coverage for health and life insurance)
  • Cell phone
  • Extensive professional development opportunities, as well as pastoral support

Position Requirements:

  • Supportive of Inner Hope Youth Ministries (IHYM) Statement of Faith
  • Adherence to IHYM’s Vision, Mission and Values
  • Willingness to adhere to IHYM’s Code of Ethics and all staff policies
  • Commitment to live in The Home for 2-5 years
  • Minimum two years of college or university
  • Minimum two years of experience working or volunteering with youth, including some experience with youth at risk
  • Strong problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Character, reliability, maturity, and skill level to relate positively with youth and families at risk, and model responsible behaviour
  • Acceptable current criminal record check
  • Married couple age 25+ (House Parents must be older than residents)
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community is an asset
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle (work-related mileage is reimbursed)

Qualities:

  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Teacher and motivator
  • Patient and self-controlled
  • Healthy boundaries in life and relationships
  • Identifies needs and takes initiative
  • Collaborative, team player
  • Enjoys being around people the majority of the time
  • Open and authentic; able to live with limited privacy in a community setting
  • Able to organize, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Assertive and able to deal with conflict in a constructive, compassionate, teaching manner

Detailed Job Descriptions:

See below.

Primary House Parent

Responsible to: Director of Programs

Areas of Responsibility: Intake, Resident Care, Community, Household Operations, Budgeting, Oversight of Respite Staff / Volunteers

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee Intake of Residents
    • Build networks with community agencies/resources
    • Follow up on referrals from the Inner Hope community and community-at-large
    • Lead intake process including: build rapport and support prospective residents through intake process, conduct an interview, review house rules and develop and sign a resident contract
    • Secure a criminal record check for those 19 and older
    • Assist in securing government funding when relevant
  • Oversee Growth and Development of Residents (Care Plan)
    • Provide mentorship, support and discipleship to the youth who reside in The Home, and additionally to those who connect to The Home as time allows (past residents, frequent house guests, etc.)
    • Develop care plans and facilitate monthly care plan meeting with each resident
    • Partner with Inner Hope personnel and professionals in the community to facilitate residents’ care plan
    • Take initiative in developing supportive relationships with residents’ families, build rapport, and incorporate their biological families into The Home as opportunity allows
    • Seek opportunities to incorporate skill-building activities into routines and quality time at The Home
    • Coordinate crisis intervention when necessary, in collaboration with the Director of Programs and/or other frontline staff
  • Facilitate Community
    • Create community and a supportive home environment
      • Be an actively engaged, present role model
      • Maintain The Home as a safe place for all youth, guests, and staff
      • Ensure appropriate supervision when not at The Home
    • Co-lead and facilitate weekly house meeting
    • Plan and facilitate monthly house activities/events
    • Host celebrations for residents (birthdays, holidays, graduations, etc.)
    • Host a monthly drop-in dinner to connect with past residents and the broader Inner Hope community
    • Lead a weekly bible study for Inner Hope participants (with an assistant)
  • House Operations
    • Encourage the involvement of youth in household chores and house life
    • Ensure house is stocked with necessary supplies (including grocery shopping)
    • Upkeep and participate in household management and systems (cleaning, meal preparation, etc.)
    • Oversee room allocation and set up/clean-up for residents and guests
  • Maintain Records
    • Keep cover sheets up to date for each resident (emergency contact information, BC health care number, etc.)
    • Oversee the upkeep of the Inner Hope logbook (guests, meals served, etc.), delegating tasks to respite staff as needed
    • Oversee completion of incident reports for The Home when necessary
  • Manage “The Home” Budget
    • Track spending monthly and report to Director of Programs
    • Complete monthly visa and expense reimbursements
  • Supervise Respite Staff and House Volunteers
    • Meet weekly with primary respite staff
    • Coordinate scheduling and invoicing for house respite and volunteers
  • Partner with IHYM staff
    • Attend weekly staff meetings
    • Attend weekly meetings with supervisor and/or frontline team
    • Be an ambassador for IHYM:
      • Seek to expand its donor/volunteer network as time allows
      • Assist where needed with major fundraising initiatives
    • Assist in connecting residents with volunteer opportunities at Inner Hope, including the Community Advisory Committee
  • All other duties as assigned by supervisor

Secondary House Parent

 

 Secondary House Parent Job Description

Responsible to: Director of Programs

Areas of Responsibility: Intake, Resident Care, Community, Household Operations, Records

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with Intake of Residents (as able)
    • Participate when possible in the intake process: build rapport, be present for interviews, and educate prospective residents about house rules
    • Assist with finalizing contracts including commitment to school/work, financial contribution for room and board, etc.
  • Support the Growth and Development of Residents
    • Provide mentorship, support and discipleship to the youth who reside in The Home, and additionally to those who connect to The Home as time allows (past residents, frequent house guests, etc.)
    • Participate in monthly care plan meetings with each resident
    • Partner as time allows with Inner Hope personnel, and professionals in the community, to facilitate residents’ care plans
    • Take initiative in developing supportive relationships with residents’ families, build rapport, and incorporate their biological families into The Home as opportunity allows
    • Seek opportunities to incorporate skill-building activities into routines and quality time at The Home
    • Provide crisis intervention when necessary
  • Facilitate Community
    • Create community and a supportive home environment
      • Be an actively engaged, present role model
      • Maintain The Home as a safe place for all youth, guests, and staff
      • Ensure appropriate supervision when not at The Home
    • Co-lead weekly house meeting
    • Attend monthly house activities/events
    • Participate in celebrations for residents (birthdays, holidays, graduations, etc.)
    • Co-host a monthly drop-in dinner to connect with past residents and the broader Inner Hope community
  • House Operations
    • Encourage the involvement of youth in household chores and house life
    • Take primary responsibility for house maintenance and upkeep
  • Assist with Maintaining of Records
    • Assist with keeping cover sheets up to date for each resident (emergency contact information, BC health care number, etc.)
    • Assist with the upkeep of the Inner Hope logbook (guests, meals served, etc.) as needed
    • Complete incident reports for The Home when necessary
  • Communicate with Respite Staff and House Volunteers (along with Primary House Parent)
  • Partner with IHYM staff
    • Attend staff meetings as able
    • Attend monthly meeting with supervisor
    • Be an ambassador for IHYM:
      • Help expand its donor/volunteer network, as time allows
      • Be aware of community agencies/resources, using opportunities to network as time allows
      • Assist where needed with major fundraising initiatives
    • Assist in connecting residents with volunteer opportunities at Inner Hope, including the Community Advisory Committee
  • All other duties as assigned by supervisor

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Diana Squires at office@innerhope.ca by December 1st, 2017. If this interests you, apply early! Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received.

Posted: October 5, 2017  |  Expires: December 1, 2017
Posted Under: Ministry - General
Career ID: [ 4488 ]