Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness AmeriCorps Program
Member Position Posting
Host Site: Family Promise of Grand Rapids
Position Title: Resource Generation and Management Specialist AmeriCorps Member
Position Type: Full-Time/1700 Hours (35 hours/week minimum)
Duration of Term: October 4th, 2021 – September 30th, 2022
- AmeriCorps Members will receive a living stipend of $15,100 paid bi-weekly.
- Members will receive an Educational Award of $6,345 upon successful completion of service.
- The program will provide health care coverage for full-time members, if they elect to enroll. Full-time members may also receive childcare assistance, if eligible.
- AmeriCorps members are not considered employees of the program, the host site, nor of the government.
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness AmeriCorps Program will support service providers by increasing their capacity to offer assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals and families. Specifically, the AmeriCorps members in the program will provide services that will increase an individual’s self-sufficiency in the area of income and life skills.
According to the National and Community Service Act of 1990, AmeriCorps members are not considered employees of the agency where they serve, nor are they employees of the program or the federal government. As such, members cannot engage in activities performed by employees of the host agency or otherwise displace employees.
Family Promise of Grand Rapids strives to give parents the hope and encouragement they need to create a better future for their kids and end the cycle of homelessness. Through our emergency shelter, housing services, homeownership opportunities, and family engagement/stabilization services, we’ve helped over 2,500 families build a stronger future.
At Family Promise of Grand Rapids, we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our organization and community stronger. Our culture is the result of our behaviors, our personal commitment, our curiosity, how we collaborate, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. This culture brings us together, allows us to stand out, and empowers all of us to connect, belong, and grow.
Family Promise of Grand Rapids is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We are dedicated to recruiting, employing, compensating, and promoting on the basis of qualification and experience, and without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Network with employers to create access to employment opportunities
- Support clients with job searches
- Assist with resume writing, help with filling out employment applications
- Provide linkages to GED, education, and other skilled trade programs
- Work to create employer mentorship programs
- Seek out employers/organizations who would be willing to assist at the agency for income and/or employment readiness
- Work with clients to help balance budgets, create sustainable living plans
- Teach life skills classes related to income and budgeting
- Provide information to clients related to other income sources (TANF, Medicaid, SSI, etc.)
- Assist clients with applications to mainstream benefits or refer to case manager
- Seek to establish a certified MI-BRIDGES portal
- Connect clients with additional necessary resources
- Gather and disperse food and clothing donations to clients
- Generate information materials for clients, such as newsletters/pamphlets/etc.
- Provide follow-up services to clients as needed
- Link/coordinate with outreach specialists for any resources needed or can offer
- Assist with independent living skills support related to addressing income and housing stabilization needs
- Facilitate delivery of needed household items to clients who receive housing
- Provide follow-up support services as needed
- Transport clients to view and apply at potential housing or employment locations
- Assist with transportation needs to help clients keep appointments
- Work with the volunteer coordinator to establish a pool of local volunteers that can be utilized for agency needs or events
- Manage the Thanksgiving food donations and distributes to clients
- Support the Christmas Store for our clients
- Assist with in-kind donations as needed
Additional Member Activities:
- Recruit and train a minimum of 20 volunteers during the term of service
- Attend member orientation, monthly CTEH conference calls, webinars, and other events related to CTEH service
- Attend Michigan’s AmeriCorps Member Celebration
- Attend Michigan’s AmeriCorps Signature Service Project
- Attend the program’s orientation, regional, mid-year, and end-of-year trainings
- Plan and implement a service project which helps to address homelessness in their community
- Submit quarterly reports by the appropriate deadlines with all necessary information
- Some knowledge of or experience with the homeless population in Grand Rapids, especially regarding families
- Strong verbal, written, and computer skills (Word, Excel, Publisher)
- Flexibility and the ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment
- Willingness to work with a diverse population and desire to help families succeed
- Comfortable working in a faith-based agency
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and provide a copy of a birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card to prove citizenship
- Have completed of some college or comparable work experience
- Must be able to complete a full term of service (one year)
- Pass the following criminal history checks in accordance with the National Service Criminal History Check policy: State of Michigan, State of Residency (if applicable), FBI fingerprinting, and National Sex Offender Registry
- Have a car or can arrange reliable transportation to and from service site, multiple mandatory training sessions in Lansing, and travel on behalf of site
- Possess proficiency with word processing software and email
- Be able to interact respectfully with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds