Community Homelessness Assistance Team (C.H.A.T.) Volunteer

Organization Details
Organization Name: Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone
Address: 426 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3C 0C9
Website: http://www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com
Organizational Description: Making Downtown Winnipeg a better place to work, shop, live, enjoy, and conduct business through safety, cleanliness, marketing, special events, and promotions.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: C.H.A.T. Volunteer Outreach Workers are expected to perform preventative intervention service support to individuals experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness through trust and relationship building based on a client- centered, strengths based approach in order to facilitate appropriate referrals that lead to the obtainment of housing permanency.

The CHAT team seeks to establish and foster positive and trusting relationships in a non-judgmental with individuals at a grass root (street) level recognizing that every person's needs and experiences are unique. This is also performed through a harm reduction approach/model. The C.H.A.T. program prides itself on being flexible; there is no formal referral or assessment of need for an individual to participate in the C.H.A.T. program. C.H.A.T. provides accommodating intervention and service delivery towards structuring a rehabilitative recovery model based on the individual's needs.

C.H.A.T. is an innovative and effective response to providing service intervention and prevention to those who have fallen through the cracks of mainstream service provision and wrap around to facilitate an individual's integration/re-integration into mainstream society and is able to maintain /sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Skills Required: %u2022 High school diploma required; post-secondary education either currently enrolled and or completed, considered an asset
%u2022 Clear, current criminal and vulnerable person record check
%u2022 Experience volunteering and or working with vulnerable individuals
%u2022 A desire to work with the socially disadvantaged and the less fortunate
%u2022 An ability to respect all clients and treat them with respect and dignity
%u2022 Be approachable and possess strong interpersonal skills
%u2022 Knowledge of community developments
%u2022 Understanding of issues related to mental health needs
%u2022 Possess excellent communication skills
%u2022 Motivated, flexible, respectful, friendly, and works well in a team environment
%u2022 Physically fit and able to perform the duties as required
%u2022 Strong computer skills: Excel, Word, Outlook, Internet etc
Skills Gained/Related Careers:
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime
Monday to Friday Between the hours of 8 am - 6 pm Minimum committment of 4 hours/week Potential for evenings and weekends in the future
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are carrying out of court ordered community service
Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Are supported
Speaks French
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Evaluation
Supervision
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: volunteer@downtownwinnipegbiz.com
Online: downtownwinnipegbiz.com/volunteer/
Closing Date: Mar 31, 2020
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