Spend your gap year with Amate House in CHICAGO! Develop your leadership skills, gain professional skills, and start your career in social justice with our fellowship program! Fellows live in intentional community with other fellows, receive housing, health insurance, a small stipend, mentorship, and learn about the 5 Tenets of AH: social justice, community, service, faith, and stewardship.
Taller de José is a community resource center located in Chicago’s Little Village community that offers services of accompaniment. Taller de José accompanies individuals, serving as a bridge to connect them to the health, legal, and social services needed to achieve their goals. As a member of the CSJ Mission Network, we create more connected communities.
Many in our community find it difficult to access services due to fear, language barriers, immigration status, poverty, and/or lack of knowledge of available resources and how to navigate social systems in the United States. Taller de José fulfills an essential need in our community by bridging the gap between social service providers and individuals, making services more accessible to marginalized communities.
Each staff member, or Compañerx, is trained to listen to clients to assess the services needed and accompany them in the process of finding those resources. We offer referrals to other services, off-site accompaniment, emotional support, and advocacy. We provide a supportive presence to those who are struggling to navigate an all too often complex social service system, and we help the social service system in its outreach to provide assistance to the community.
Position Name: Compañerx
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary duties of a Compañerx are the following:
• Meets with clients, listens to their stories and determines services needed, providing resources, referrals and support to clients
• Accompanies clients offsite to courthouses, clinics, and other agencies as needed
• Connects with and researches social service agencies, schools, parishes, etc.
• Presents at various events to promote the mission and ministry of Taller de José
• Maintains client files
Additional responsibilities of the Jesuit Volunteer are:
• Attends various community network meetings
• Assists at St. Agnes site as needed
• Notifies the Executive Director of responsibilities required by Amate
• Attends staff meetings
• Performs other such duties as directed by the Executive Director
Qualifications and Required Skills:
• Proficiency in both Spanish and English
• Ability to identify clients’ situations/problems and link with agencies
• Computer literacy
• Ability to maintain accurate records and deadlines
• Cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively with a diverse staff, clients, and community partners
• Ability to organize and keep confidentiality
• Ability to physically accompany clients on public transportation to various locations
• Mandated Reporter Training (will be provided)
• Virtus Training (will be provided)
Other Desirable Qualifications:
• Good listener
• Self-starter; ability to think critically and work independently on assigned tasks
Typical Schedule/Work Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-5pm
Time Off policies:
Amate fellows receive 10 days of vacation during their service, which is in addition to time off needed for official Amate retreats or programming. Fellows may use up to 11 days of sick time during their service.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
Taller de José prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status or physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected status. These prohibitions are required by federal and/or state law and this reaffirmation is not intended to create any contractual rights or remedies or alter the administrative requirements or limitation periods of the state or federal laws.
As a member of the CSJ Mission Network, Taller de José is a faith-based organization. However, individuals of all or no faith backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate at the level with which they feel comfortable.
In keeping with our commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity, Taller de José will make every effort to provide all with an environment that is free from harassment. All complaints of harassment will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Employees who engage in harassment as defined above may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Transportation to and from service site.
Each fellow is provided with opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor, a spiritual companion, and counseling resources. There are three service days and trainings for all fellows each service year as well as mentoring if wanted.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check
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