Support Counsellor

About St. Leonard's

St. Leonard’s Community Services Brantford has been an established part of the community for more than 50 years, and is accredited for our excellence in serving children, youth, adults, and families.

Our Values

These aren’t just “lip-service” to us – we work and live by them.  If you do, too, we want to talk to you!

  • Inclusive – we value everyone and their unique perspectives and journeys
  • Compassionate – we care about our clients, our staff, partners, and the communities we serve
  • Collaborative – we work together to support our clients and community
  • Integrity – we hold ourselves accountable and are fair, trustworthy, and dedicated to our mission to empower people to achieve their vision of independence, health, and wellbeing
  • Innovative – we are open to change and continuous improvement
  • Genuine – we are honest, respectful, and authentic with our clients, each other, and our partners
  • Optimistic – we believe that everyone can accomplish their goals
Type
Part-Time
Location
Brantford
Salary
Hourly wage: starting at $19.09 plus $1/hour shift premiums
Positions
1
Posted
Expires
December 2, 2022
Hours of Work

All shifts – days, afternoons, overnights, weekends, statutory holidays

Duties

St. Leonard’s Community Services offers a continuum of social housing services to meet client needs ranging from homelessness to independent living.  As part of the continuum, Station House and Cornerstone House support formerly homeless clients in preparing for semi and independent living by providing emergency, short- and long-term accommodation.

Station House provides a 7-bed facility offering shelter and support for young people, both males and females, who are between 15 and 17 years of age.  Station House works with individuals who are experiencing social, emotional, mental health challenges and housing obstacles. We offer a full spectrum of social, health and recreational services on site and through referrals to other St. Leonard’s Community Services programs or community agencies.

Cornerstone House offers two separate programs within its physical space including a 10-bed shelter space and a 12-bed transitional housing residence for both males and females between the ages of 18-29 years of age. Cornerstone House works with individuals who are precariously housed or at risk of homelessness and provides them with a safe place to stay, help and support with counselling and life skills coaching to support transition towards independent living.

As a Housing Support Counsellor for Cornerstone and Station House you would:

  • Assist with established Support Plans
  • Help clients develop the skills and resources they need to enhance their social functioning
  • Distribute and document resident funds and recreational funds
  • Tour the facilities to ensure the residences, clients and grounds are safe and secure
  • Monitor, distribute and document medication
  • Prepare meals/snacks for clients and replenish kitchen supplies for meals

Training: Initial comprehensive training related to all aspects of the role, as well as access to ongoing professional development

A note about COVID-19:  Our Agency is committed to the safety of staff. We are following Public Health guidance on precautions regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment, screening of staff and clients, physical distancing, cleaning, hand hygiene, and testing.  If you are selected for an interview, we will answer any questions you may have on the precautions currently in place.

Qualifications

  • Have a college diploma in the Human/Social Services field
  • Have a minimum of 1-year combined student placement and/or paid experience working with youth with substance use, mental health and/or homeless issues
  • Be proficient in MS Office and be familiar with databases
  • Have access to reliable transportation
  • Be able to manage frequent exposure to direct and vicarious traumatic stress
  • Provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19
  • Please also note that the successful candidate will be required to provide a police vulnerable sector check as a condition of employment, however strong consideration is made to the type of offense

Eligibility

Start date: as soon as possible

Benefits

  • A Fitness Benefit for gym memberships, exercise equipment and lessons for various physical activities for all staff and their families
  • An Employee Assistance Plan for all staff and their families
  • Paid Time Off for all staff
  • Fun events for all staff
  • Participation in RSP/TFSA plans for all staff, with Agency pension match for Full Time and eligible Part Time staff
  • Group health, vision, dental and travel insurance plans where premiums are 100% paid by the Agency for Full Time staff
  • An Agency committed to ensuring your physical and mental health/safety is paramount

How to Apply

Email:  btait@st-leonards.com Fax: 226.400.8759

Reference: PT Support Couns, Youth Housing

Applications accepted until December 2, 2022

Our Commitment to Job Seekers

St. Leonard’s Community Services Inc. is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  We acknowledge that we live and work on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wyandot, the Haudenosaunee, and some of the Ojibwa Nation.  The territory is mutually covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this community, on this territory.  We also acknowledge that the settler population has been able to benefit from this beautiful land.  We are all treaty members and will strive to act in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and center their voices.

The Agency values the diverse and intersectional identities of its clients and staff.  The Agency regards equity and diversity as an integral part of excellent community service and is committed to accessibility for all staff.  The Agency seeks applicants who embrace our values and beliefs around respect for the dignity and diversity of our clients, staff, and community.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The Agency encourages applications from all qualified individuals.  If you are an applicant with disabilities and require accommodations, please let us know at the time of our contact so that we may arrange for their provision.

Personal information submitted will only be used for the purposes of the competition in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.