Island Crisis Care Society is pleased to annouce that two new part-time Outreach Worker positions have been created as part of a 2 year pilot project at Samaritan House.
The positions are based out of Samaritan House and will provide support to women in the shelter and in additional housing locations in the community. These positions are designed to complement existing support provided by the Health Authority and other agencies in the community. They will also carry out significant data-gathering as outlined in the project goals. This will include periodic interviews with clients to obtain a series of snapshots of their quality of life over time as they take advantage of one of three housing options provided during the project. Individuals interested in learning more about the new positions are directed to the following resources:
Island Crisis Care Society is seeking casual support workers for Samaritan House. Casual support workers carry out all the duties of a regular support worker and are hired first and foremost to cover sick time, vacations, and other shortages. Casuals who have served for more than 30 days become eligible to apply for temporary and permanent internal postings.
Casual workers must be able and willing to work night shifts from midnight to 8:00 a.m.
- First aid level 1;
- A certificate or diploma in social services. Examples include: Vancouver Island University: Social Services Diploma (2-Year Program), North Island College: Social Service Diploma (2-Year Program), Sprott Shaw College: Community Support Worker - Social Services (50 Weeks), Discovery College: Community Support Worker (45 Weeks), University of Victoria: BA in Social Work, CDI College: Social Services Worker;
- Managing Hostile Interactions (offered by Shelternet BC) and/or Non-violent Crisis Intervention and/or similar training in de-escalation and conflict resolution.
Spencer Anderson writing in the Saturday edition of the Nanaimo Daily News Reported:
"A Nanaimo non-profit is celebrating its next step towards expanding its current Nicol Street location. On Monday, the Island Crisis Care Society received city approval to rezone property at 359 Nicol St. directly next door to its Samaritan House women's shelter.
The rezoning from 'single dwelling residential' to 'community service one' will allow the society to expand the care facility next door. In its current state, the shelter has 20 emergency shelter beds plus four longer-stay rooms where drugs and alcohol are not allowed. The long term plan is to expand in order to accommodate 28 to 32 women at a time with a combination of shelter beds, transition beds and a therapeutic living community.