Careers & Internships

Are you interested in working for an organization whose mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness?

Our team of over 80 employees is highly qualified, motivated and committed to helping people get a second chance. We offer rewarding projects, and a friendly, welcoming and supportive work environment.

La Casa Norte is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, walk up and down stairs, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

To apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@lacasanorte.org with the job position as the email subject, or fax to +1 (773) 342-4253. No telephone calls please.

Current Job Openings

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Solid Ground & Youth In College Program  Coordinator
Full Time

La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness.  We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

The Solid Ground (SG) Youth Transitional Supportive Housing Program is aimed at transforming the lives of homeless, at-risk youth, ages 18-21, by providing them with the stability, support, and guidance they need in order to become thriving members of society.

The Youth in College Program (YIC) is aimed at supporting homeless college students, or young people wishing to enter into college, to advance their education while preparing them to become self-sufficient.

Both programs provide comprehensive case management services. YIC Program participants additionally receive academic case management. Services are offered and delivered based on the principles of Housing First, Harm Reduction, clinical case management and trauma informed care

This is a full-time position with varying hours which include several weekend days each month but are typically 10am-7pm Monday through Friday.

Solid Ground Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To supervise, monitor and provide oversight of day-to-day operations of the program participants and Youth Empowerment Specialist activities, to maintain a safe and stable living environment. 

  • Supervise and ensure safety of the milieu through regular participation in programming and service provision
  • Communicate in a timely and accurate fashion both internally (i.e. incident reports, supervision, disciplinary action, and daily log entries) and externally (i.e. maintenance requests, supply orders, funding reports)
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with appropriate community providers, organizations, etc.
  • Responsible for day to day logistics of programming including supply ordering, food, milieu management, and staffing and on-call schedule.
  • Supervise management of appropriate program development and effective service delivery
  • Create annual Program Plan and associated work plan which guides the program services and development of the program and reports quarterly on progress
  • Ability to share in the responsibility of providing 24/7 on-call support on a rotating basis.

Goal Two: To provide overall supervision of the program staff and participants through a number of human resource activities. 

  • Conducts regular supervision meetings and performance evaluations of all program staff
  • In collaboration with Leadership team, conducts hiring, discipline, promotion, termination and other relevant employment transactions regarding the performance of program staff
  • Provides program participants with counseling and assistance to support, increase or restore program participant’s capacity for self-sufficiency
  • Provides Task Supervision to interns and consults with the interns’ clinical supervisor related to intern performance and learning needs.
  • Ensure all new employees are properly trained in policies, protocols, and philosophy of care at La Casa Norte and create opportunities for additional professional development for all staff.

Goal Three: To help youth develop important life skills through the support of staff and implementation of various philosophies and policies of La Casa Norte.

  • Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and of La Casa Norte
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
  • Facilitate weekly case review meetings with staff and bimonthly all Solid Ground staff meetings to ensure quality and continuity of service provision.
  • Provide and coordinate life skills workshops to youth focused on personal hygiene, sexuality, financial literacy, household management, conflict resolution, anger management, and other areas as needed.
  • Engage youth in discussion relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to stability
  • Conduct assessments of all eligible applicants.

Goal Four: To sustain and advance programs ability to receive funding by ensuring that data and data tracking programs are implemented effectively. 

  • Ensures the accuracy and timeliness of program data and documentation requirements including Client Track, HMIS, daily logs, activity logs, quarterly reports, and annual program reports.
  • Works with the Data & Evaluation Associate to ensure routine data quality checks.
  • Work closely with Development and Finance departments to deliver effective and forward thinking programming that meet the expectations of our funders. Participate in budgeting and budget reviews to ensure available funds are expended in the manner consistent with the contracts that support the program.

Youth In College Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To coordinate La Casa Norte’s Youth In College (YIC) Program 

  • Responsible for overall program implementation and day to day operations of the program
  • Act as point of contact for issues or concerns regarding LCN’s YIC program, including referral, tenant/landlord/CHA concerns, and coordination with other LCN programs.
  • To coordinate services for YIC households with LCN internal services, subcontract services, interns, referral network and any volunteers servicing this program.
  • Provide leadership for the YIC team, including facilitating team meetings and providing admin/task management and clinical individual supervision.
  • Represent LCN at appropriate community events, committees, etc.
  • Participate in LCN’s management team structure including meetings, trainings, strategic planning and overall management/ operations issues of the organization.
  • Complete all required reporting, audit compliance and documentation for the YIC program.

Goal Two: To assist YIC participants in accessing and maintaining stable, safe, housing, by: 

  • Working consistently within LCN’s mission, vision, philosophy of service and team approach.
  • Manage the Academic Case Managers who are performing intensive case management to identify clients’ service needs, strengths and resources.
  • Manage staff and program activities in order to help participants achieve outcomes including:
    • Obtaining and maintaining their Housing Choice voucher.
    • Participants’ academic success, income maintenance, support systems
    • Helping participants develop and maintain clients the motivation & support and encouragement to meet their goals and feel self-empowered.
    • Counseling and mentoring clients in both individual and cohort settings.
  • Delivering life skills training that addresses issues such as household management, financial literacy, health and nutrition, daily problem solving, application and management of student loans, mental and emotional health, safe sex, etc.
  • Maintaining excellent and open communication with participants and following-up with them on a regular basis.
  • Conduct participant advocacy via in-person, phone, and/or letter for various participant needs; conduct advocacy to third party public benefit and service providers such as school, CHA, IDHS, Social Security, doctors, etc.
  • Referring participants to other supportive services as needed, including housing, food pantries, clothing closets, legal aid services, substance abuse and mental health counseling; coordinating these services as needed to obtain wrap-around support for the participants.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending weekly staff meetings and case review meetings
  • Participating in on- and off-site staff trainings, workshops and outreach events as needed
  • Participating in LCN’s fundraising events
  • Working in a team approach to deliver existing programs and to develop new programs
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred but not required with applicable experience. LCSW/LCPC preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle with proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless, runaway and at-risk urban youth.
  • Experience working with youth who have experienced complex trauma and homelessness.
  • Demonstrable group facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of Latino and African American populations
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed including weekends, evenings and mornings and have impeccable attendance
  • Ability to pass DCFS Background Check

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Bilingual Information & Referral Specialist
Full Time

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

This is a full-time position working Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am-6pm or 10am-7pm. Eligible applicants must be able to work some evenings and weekends.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To ensure that all clients seeking assistance at La Casa Norte receive appropriate services by:

  • Providing excellent customer service to all individuals seeking assistance at our main location, 3533 W. North Ave.
  • Maintaining a welcoming and orderly community space in the front lobby and elsewhere throughout the main location at 3533 W. North Ave.
  • Consistently communicating La Casa Norte’s mission, programs and services, as well as eligibility requirements.
  • Providing baseline screening for walk-in and call-in clients for La Casa Norte programs and services; assessing client fit/interest relative to available services.
  • Collecting demographic info, contact info, and eligibility criteria from individuals seeking assistance.
  • Answering incoming phone calls in an appropriate and professional manner. This includes tracking the phone call when required, redirecting the call to the appropriate case manager/department, and completing service screenings/intakes over the phone.
  • Maintaining all client mail organized, dating and sorting on a daily basis and distributing to clients as requested.
  • Providing appropriate referral services to individuals seeking services not provided by La Casa Norte.
  • Facilitating Community Referral Program at the Nutrition Center with eligible clients to referrals to external social services programs and agencies.

Goal Two: To ensure that clients previously serviced by La Casa Norte maintain stable housing and employment by: 

  • Following up with clients who received State Homeless Prevention Funds as prescribed by eligibility rules.
  • Making follow-up calls to the clients who asked about referrals through the Community Referral Program.
  • Assessing former clients’ needs for additional services; facilitating re-connection of former clients with La Casa Norte case management staff.
  • Connecting former clients to partnering agencies and other community services as needed.
  • Accurately documenting all information gathered from former clients, including recording all attempts to contact.

Goal Three: To facilitate a positive working relationship between La Casa Norte and the larger community by: 

  • Maintaining meaningful and up-to-date knowledge of community agencies providing a spectrum of services.
  • Updating and maintaining La Casa Norte resource database.
  • Maintaining the Resource Guides up-to-date and ensuring that any missing resources are researched and added.
  • Assist in communicating to the Community Engagement Coordinator about identifying community outreach events in which La Casa Norte should participate to distribute La Casa Norte Resources to other community members.
  • Attending community outreach events to present La Casa Norte programs to the larger community.
  • Updating La Casa Norte Program flyers and connecting with other departments to communicate any changes.
  • Conducting outreach with community agencies that serve La Casa Norte’s target populations.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending monthly staff meetings and other staff trainings.
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events.
  • Working in team approach to develop new programs and protocols.
  • Assisting with data collection and completion of program reports.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED required. Bachelors or Associates degree preferable, but not required with at least 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
  • Excellent computer skills required, including mastery of Microsoft Office programs, internet proficiency, and typing of at least 35 wpm.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless or at-risk youth, families, and individuals.
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of Latino and African American populations.
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance.
  • Desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency.

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Leasing Associate
Full Time

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

This is a full-time position working Monday through Friday, 9AM – 6PM or 10AM – 7PM. Eligible applicants will be available to work some evening hours as needed.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To link clients to affordable housing options by: 

  • Building and maintaining relationships with private sector landlords and other housing providers; expanding LCN’s landlord portfolio.
  • Connecting with landlords via neighborhood outreach, internet search, and networking events.
  • Creating and maintaining a housing resource database containing available market-rate and affordable housing.
  • Identifying potential permanent housing that are appropriate for the client’s need.
  • Accompanying and/or transporting clients to apartment viewings.
  • Performing Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections, rental calculations, environmental reviews, rent reasonableness assessments and other required assessments as required by funders.
  • Negotiate lease terms and amendments; reviewing leases for accuracy and adherence to Chicago’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, and communicate with landlords regarding unit deficiencies.
  • Advocating for LCN clients to landlords regarding rental barriers, such as prior evictions, poor credit, criminal history and the like.
  • Cultivating positive relationships with LCN clients in assessing their housing needs.
  • Educating landlords about LCN’s role in supporting tenants, including rental assistance, rental subsidies, and supportive services.
  • Primary resource to landlords for providing all necessary supporting documents to participate in LCN programs.

Goal Two: Primary support to LCN clients in efforts to facilitate stability in permanent housing by: 

  • Interviewing LCN clients to determine personalized housing needs during the housing search, including but not limited to assisting with applications, transportation and credit/background checks.
  • Developing educational pieces and providing workshops to LCN clients regarding tenant rights and responsibilities, financial literacy, household management and apartment leasing application processes.
  • Conduct follow-up meetings with tenants and landlords after housing placement; assist case management staff in mediating any landlord-tenant issues that may arise.
  • Offering assistance to landlords supporting them in maintaining safe and clean housing for tenants while simultaneously in compliance with fair housing laws.

Goal Three: Partner with Palante Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-Housing Program staff to facilitate housing location needs and housing related outcomes. 

  • Participate in weekly program meetings with the Palante Permanent Supportive Housing Program, providing updates regarding leasing, housing location, unit deficiencies/client housing concerns and resolution.
  • Participate in weekly program meetings with the Rapid Re-Housing Program, providing updates regarding housing location and meeting the 30/60-day housing outcome expectations.
  • Engage in trainings such as: housing first, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, the Violence Against Women Act etc.
  • Provide updates to program staff regarding housing location and leasing updates as they arise.
  • Update program tracking spreadsheets ensuring follow-up and continuity of housing location and property management services.

To contribute to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending weekly staff meetings and case review meetings.
  • Participate in on/off-site staff trainings, workshops and outreach events.
  • Contributing in LCN’s fundraising events.
  • Working in a team approach to deliver existing programs and to develop new programs.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree in social work, psychology or counseling preferred.
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with youth, families and individuals that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, providing appropriate support, motivation and compassion in accordance with La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service.
  • Ideal candidate will have a minimum of six months’ experience with at-risk and/or homeless populations and/or a minimum of six months’ experience working with issues of homelessness, affordable housing, and/or housing discrimination.
  • 1-2 years of property management experience and/or experience working with affordable or supportive housing programs.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Bilingual strongly preferred (Spanish and English).
  • Knowledge of fair housing laws and the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & African-American populations.
  • Ability to work independently and team oriented.
  • Driven, forward thinking and the flexibility to work in a fast growing agency setting.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance.
  • Must have a car and valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to handle various projects simultaneously.

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Project-based Housing Case Manager
Full Time

La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. La Casa Norte’s Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program provides permanent housing and supportive services to vulnerable youth and families.

This is a full-time position working Monday through Friday, from 9AM- 6PM or 10AM – 7PM, with one Saturday per month and some evening hours required, including on-call responsibilities.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To assist clients in maintaining stable, safe, affordable housing by: 

  • Working consistently within LCN’s mission, vision, philosophy of service, including Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care frameworks.
  • Use Motivational Interviewing techniques to facilitate positive behavioral change.
  • Performing intensive case management to identify clients’ service needs, strengths and resources.
  • Perform case management while conducting independent home visits to sustain clients’ ongoing stability.
  • Developing and implementing service plan with client outlining clear goals and tasks along path to clients’ housing stability and financial self-sufficiency.
  • Utilize clinical skills and knowledge of family systems to guide case management sessions and to intervene or refer as appropriate.
  • Providing clients with the motivation, support and encouragement needed to empower themselves.
  • Counseling and mentoring clients in both individual and group settings.
  • Conduct regular life skills assessments.
  • Delivering life skills training through both formal and informal techniques to address important issues such as conflict resolution, financial management and budgeting, health and nutrition, mental and emotional health, safe sex, etc.
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.
  • Maintaining excellent and open communication with clients and following-up with clients on a regular basis
  • Participate in On-Call rotation to provide crisis support to clients during nights and weekends.
  • Documenting all services in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Utilizing Homeless Management Information Systems, Client Track, and other database systems as required to enter client information and to document services.

Goal Two: To connect clients to community resources:

  • Conduct client advocacy via in-person, phone, and/or letter for various participant needs; conduct advocacy to third party public benefit and service providers such as IDHS, Social Security, doctors, schools, etc.
  • Referring clients to other supportive services as needed, including housing, food pantries, clothing closets, legal aid services, substance abuse and mental health counseling.; coordinating these services as needed to obtain wrap-around support for clients.
  • Provide quality internal referrals for employment, education, housing location, or other LCN services as needed.
  • Educating clients regarding positive uses of financial institutions & credit, payday loan alternatives, and credit repair services.
  • Facilitate meetings of residents and building-wide events

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending weekly staff meetings and other staff trainings.
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events.
  • Working in team approach to develop new programs.
  • Assisting with data collection and completion of program reports.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree in social work, psychology or counseling preferred.
  • LCSW or an MSW with at least 4 years of experience preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Must be available to work occasional Saturdays and evenings.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with family systems.
  • Experience working with homeless and at-risk populations.
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s housing and human services system.
  • Knowledge of resources for homeless or at risk families such as housing, public benefits, mental illness and substance use.
  • Demonstrable written and oral communication and group facilitation skills.
  • Computer proficiency required.

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Rapid Re-housing Case Manager (Bilingual Preferred)
Full Time

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

La Casa Norte’s Rapid Re-housing program (RRH) assists people experiencing homelessness in transitioning into permanent housing. This is a Full Time position working Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-6pm or 10am-7pm.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To assist clients in obtaining stable, safe, affordable housing. 

  • Work collaboratively with families and individuals experiencing homelessness to assist them in obtaining and maintaining permanent, independent housing.
  • Work within LCN’s mission and philosophy of service, using Harm Reduction and Trauma Informed frameworks.
  • Using standard assessment tools, assess eligibility for RRH services and service level needed.
  • Conduct pre-housing assessments.
  • Conduct client advocacy via in-person, phone and/or letter for various participant needs; conduct advocacy to third party public benefit and service providers such as IDHS, Social Security, doctors, schools, etc.
  • Refer clients to other supportive services as needed, including food pantries, clothing closets, legal aid services, substance abuse and mental health services; coordinating these services as needed to obtain wrap-around support for clients.
  • Connecting clients to other LCN services, such as technology training, food programming, and youth services.
  • Assist households in increasing income through employment and/or benefits.
  • Provide budgeting and financial counseling to assist clients in becoming financially self-sufficient and in assuming responsibility for housing costs.
  • Provide counseling and life skills training to assist clients in making positive changes in their lives.
  • Work collaboratively with LCN’s Housing Location staff to assist clients in locating appropriate housing and developing positive relationships with landlords.
  • Attend apartment viewings and other appointments with clients.

Goal Two: Administer financial assistance to stabilize housing

  • Request financial assistance for security deposits and rental assistance as appropriate.
  • Conduct re-certification for households requiring more than three months of financial assistance.
  • Work with property owners and Housing Location staff to obtain all necessary documentation to support financial assistance requests.
  • Complete applications for other financial assistance with utilities, transportation, etc.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all financial assistance payments.
  • Mediate issues between tenants and landlords.

Goal Three: Create successful transition plans with households exiting the program

  • From point of intake, work with households to identify necessary steps to allows households to transition to permanent housing and assume all housing costs; create individualized service plans to pursue that goal.
  • Regularly review with clients’ progress toward self-sufficiency and identify any changes needed to service plan.
  • Educate clients on tenants’ rights and responsibilities
  • Conduct follow-up activities after clients exit the program to ensure that client remains stably housed.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending monthly staff meetings and other staff trainings
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
  • Working in team approach to develop new programs and/or protocols
  • Assisting with data collection and completion of program reports
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s housing and human services system.
  • Knowledge of resources for homeless or at-risk families, such as housing, public benefits, mental illness and substance use.
  • Demonstrable written and oral communication and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Computer proficiency required
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license required.

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Youth Empowerment Specialist
Part Time

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

The Casa Corazon Emergency Beds Program is aimed at providing safe and enriching emergency housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The program is open 365 days a year from 9pm to 9am and provides immediate housing and other enriching activities to impact the lives of youth and help them achieve their life goals.

This is a part-time position working weekday or weekend overnights.

Expected Goals and Objectives

  • To supervise and monitor resident activities to maintain a safe and stable living environment
  • Maintain professional relationships with all residents
  • Supervise and ensure safety of the milieu
  • Communicate in a timely and accurate fashion within the program (i.e. client intakes, incident reports, contact with youths’ families, facility inventories, and all shift log entries) and complete all required documentation
  • Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and of La Casa Norte including but not limited to Harm Reduction and Sanctuary Model frameworks
  • Utilize de-escalation and crisis intervention skills when needed in a supportive and caring manner
  • To work in a team approach to assist residents in achieving service plan goals
  • Conduct intake needs assessment, create initial action place and refer residents to appropriate services
  • Engage youth in discussions relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to stability
  • Coordinate with other staff including Drop-in Case Manager to ensure continuity of servicesTo help youth develop important life skills
  • Model effective and respectful communication with residents and other staff members while creating a standard of healthy communication for other staff and residents
  • Create and foster leadership opportunities for youth to encourage their personal development and the overall health of the community of Low Threshold Shelter Program
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
  • Provide and coordinate life skills workshops to youth focused on personal hygiene, sexuality, financial literacy, household management, conflict resolution, anger management, and other areas as needed
  • Implement established structure of support and accountability within the program to allow youth to fully develop in all areas of their life
  • To implement standards of cleanliness and maintenance by performing duties and requesting repairs
  • Leading residents in the upkeep of the Low Threshold Program and working with residents to ensure that necessary tasks are completed
  • Cleaning and sanitizing areas as needed to ensure standard of cleanliness and sanitation is kept up at all times

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly staff meetings and other staff trainings as assigned
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree preferable, but not required with relevant experience
  • Demonstrate desire and ability to work with homeless, runaway and at-risk urban youth
  • Be knowledgeable in the social, economic, and cultural patterns of Latino and African American populations
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be willing to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance
  • Have the desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency
  • Be subjected to a DCFS background check and complete a medical clearance

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Youth Empowerment Specialist- Drop-In Program
Part Time

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

Casa Corazón is aimed at transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16-24, by providing them with the stability, support, and guidance they need in order to become thriving members of society.  Program participants will receive street outreach and access to a variety of services including a drop in center with youth programming and meals, basic needs such as transportation and toiletries, and case management services focusing on a holistic, strength-based approach, with a focus on housing stability and educational, job readiness and placement.

This is a part-time position. Candidates must have availability Monday through Friday 12pm – 9pm.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To provide comprehensive advocacy and drop-in services to youth ages 16-24

  • Maintain professional relationships with all staff and clients
  • Support coverage and coordinate activities as necessary during drop in hours.
  • Conduct outreach on the west side to: schools, churches, other community service providers and locations that homeless youth congregate both formally and informally.
  • Providing life skills training, counseling, support, and guidance to youth as they work to overcome barriers to housing, employment and education.
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision-making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
  • Provide crisis intervention services to Casa Corazon youth as necessary
  • Accurately tracking and documenting all services provided utilizing internal database.
  • Plan a monthly schedule for events, activities, and food menu.
  • Deliver twice weekly psychoeducational programming to youth during drop-in hours.
  • Collaborate with other internal programs to provide assistance to youth

Goal Two: Provide Outreach services to youth ages 16-24

  • Conduct targeted and organized outreach to youth serving entities such as schools, park districts, community based organizations, and law enforcement agencies in order to recruit youth who could benefit from our services.
  • Conduct street outreach to locations where youth experiencing homelessness congregate both formally and informally.
  • Deliver presentations about the services of Casa Corazon to both small and large groups of people in an engaging and informative manner.
  • Maintain an organized outcomes based accounting of outreach efforts and contacts with homeless youth and necessary followup.

Goal Three: To work in a team approach to maintain a positive and safe milieu at Casa Corazon

  • Observes environment to ensure safety of youth and staff by responding to emergencies, building repairs, safety hazards, crisis and incidents.
  • Maintains a safe and healthy environment for staff and Youth through shared responsibilities of cleaning.
  • Maintain on-going dialogue with staff around areas of youth successes and challenges.
  • Follow up with any incident in a timely manner utilizing a strength base approach.

Goal Four: Administrative Responsibilities

  • Will maintain organization and inventory of all toiletries, food, bus cards and other essential items.
  • Teach and implement the declaration of non-violence at Casa Corazon.
  • Intermittently gather and complete data entry for various grant reports and development purposes.
  • Work in conjunction with Program Manager and Drop in Coordinator to meet program outcomes.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly staff meetings and other staff trainings as assigned
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless, at-risk and adjudicated populations, providing appropriate support, motivation and compassion in accordance with La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • Ideal candidate will have at least six months experience working with at-risk, homeless and/or adjudicated youth
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of Latino and African American populations.
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance.

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Current Internships

Hunger Free Community- AmeriCorps VISTA

Program/Department: Community Engagement

Location: 3533 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

The AmeriCorps application is now LIVE! It is located here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=80508&fromSearch=true. All applicants must create a profile and submit this application to be considered for the VISTA position.

General Description:

LA CASA NORTE is seeking full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member to cultivate the growth of a Hunger Free Community coalition by engaging community leaders and food-insecure community members to identify community assets, partners, leaders, and stakeholders for the development and/or implementation of a Hunger Free Community plan to increase community food security.

In 2009, La Casa Norte founded the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN) with funding and guidance from the Chicago Community Trust. The network was created to support and align the work of small emergency food providers who work in a close geographical area on Chicago’s Northwest Side. It was one of several similar networks organized in different areas of Chicago in the 1990’s and 2000’s, some of which still exist today.

Over the years, the NFPN has developed into a network of non-profits and community organizations that run food pantries, free hot meal programs, and produce mobile sites in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, West Town, Belmont Cragin, and most recently expanded to include East Garfield Park. The NFPN has also engaged nutrition educators, social entrepreneurs, urban agriculturists, food justice advocates, and other local nonprofits, businesses, farmers’ markets and health centers are more loosely involved in the network as associates.  Since the network’s founding, its lead agency has been La Casa Norte, a non-profit organization headquartered in Humboldt Park that serves youth and families confronting homelessness.

The Nutrition Center at La Casa Norte seeks to meet the needs of the Humboldt Park community by providing innovative nutrition education programming in addition to providing free, nutritious, and fresh foods through our Fresh Market food pantry and Community Café hot meal program. The Nutrition Center partners with Chicago-area universities and cooking programs to bring holistic, realistic, and skills-based health and nutrition education designed to make healthy lifestyle changes relevant, accessible and exciting for our community.

La Casa Norte has managed the operation of the NFPN and ensured its tenure to date.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Evaluating the Hunger Free Community’s capacity to take on the task of community change, and identifying areas that need strengthening or further development.
  • Establishing tools and processes by which the goals of the Hunger Free Community can be monitored and evaluated to ensure progress towards the end hunger plan is being made.
  • Ensuring the sustainability of the Nutrition Center programming by recruiting and training volunteers that can be maintained with minimal oversight by program staff.
  • Connecting with partner organizations to expand professional development opportunities offered by NFPN, and with outside health educators and health providers to lead workshops and events for the community in the Nutrition Center.
  • Helping to develop and implement a sustainable fundraising plan to increase funds and in-kind support for the continued work of the Hunger Free Community end hunger plan.
  • Prepare and distribute materials; including but not limited to: press releases, video clips, and public documentation that demonstrates the value and reach of the Hunger Free Community. Communications include updating social media and the NFPN website.
  • Ensure the long-term viability of the Hunger Free Community by building upon the strategic capacity of the coalition and advisory board.
  • Ensuring the long-term viability of the Nutrition Center by increasing the health and nutrition education capacity and ensure its food pantry and hot meals programs guide clients to healthy food choices.

Time Commitment:

This is a one year, full-time position.  The anticipated start date is September 3, 2019.

This is a stipend volunteer position with AmeriCorps-Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).  Learn more at https://www.vistacampus.gov/.

Position Benefits*:

  • The living stipend for the full year is approximately $14,097, paid bi-weekly
  • Segal Education Award ($6,095) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,800)
  • Health benefits*
  • Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • Optional life insurance
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums
  • *For more information on benefits provided through AmeriCorps VISTA, visit:  https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service

Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Strong interest in working on domestic nutrition, hunger and food security issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Good working knowledge of event planning and digital media
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Requirements:
    • Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
    • Pass a national service criminal history check
    • Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.

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La Casa Norte is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, pregnancy or related conditions, or disability.

If you are interested in an Internship at La Casa Norte, please call +1 (773) 276-4900, extension #222 or email jobs@lacasanorte.org.


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