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The Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness (MJRH) outreach van program operates 6 times per week (Monday – Thursday 4pm-12am, Saturday 4pm-12am, and Sundays 11am-6pm) in the downtown Toronto area.

The Harm Reduction Peer Worker supports the MJRH Outreach worker facilitate the distribution of essential supplies such as food, coffee, clothing, hygiene products, and harm reduction supplies to those who live on or near the street. Part of this role is also to provide supportive services and referrals to other community organizations as needed. As this program is a hands-on volunteer opportunity in which each shift includes the participation of three volunteers, including youth, the Harm Reduction Peer Worker is responsible for an educational component as well.

Responsibilities:

  • Operate the outreach shift according to all standards of practice as outlined by Ve’ahavta policies
  • Prepare supplies for each outreach shift based on client needs, seasonal needs and food plan
  • Facilitate the distribution of supplies to clients, with help from volunteers
  • Provide appropriate support and referrals to clients as needed
  • Offer harm reduction strategies based on client needs
  • -brief and communicate with other Outreach Workers about any client issues or needs following the shift (regarding services, referral or crisis situations)
  • Complete shift exchange and case notes
  • Supervise, orient and educate volunteers throughout their van experience
  • Address inquiries and responses from volunteers
  • Other duties as specified by the Manager of Client Outreach Programs

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in social services or related field (preferred)
  • Lived experience with poverty, homelessness, addictions and recovery or mental health challenges
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention and services
  •  Knowledge of community/social services, particularly in areas of mental health, corrections, housing and health, in order to do appropriate referrals
  • Experience working with external community service partners and stakeholders
  • Adept at working collaboratively, in building a client centered approach to support other team members and volunteers
  • Adept at working collaboratively, with team members and volunteers
  • Ability to carry up to 25 lbs. to manage the supplies and clothing bins

Candidates who are short-listed for an interview will need to provide Police Reference Check.

Compensation: $18/hour

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to Mara Behan, Manager of Outreach Programs, Mara.Behan@veahavta.org

Please put “Harm Reduction Peer Worker” in subject line

We thank all interested applicants but can only respond to those invited for an interview.

Ve’ahavta is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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