NBSF Resource Specialists will be trained to assist New Bedford parents and caregivers with children under age 18 in accessing concrete supports in times of need, or the basic necessities everyone deserves in order to grow (e.g., healthy food, a safe environment), as well as specialized medical, mental health, social, educational or legal services . They will assess the family's level of concrete supports using the Protective Factors Survey, Concrete Supports Edition. Based on family needs, members will facilitate supported referrals and connections to needed services. The members will meet with parents/caregivers regularly to implement their service plan. Resource Specialists will also work as part of a team with other NBSF AmeriCorps members to plan and implement Parent Cafes and Parent-Child Activities that are designed to strengthen social connections among families. Parent Cafes are evidence-based, small-group structured discussions that enable parents to explore strengths, learn about the protective factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.
Depending on host site placement, members will serve families with a range of needs and may serve specialized populations (e.g. families seeking health care, families seeking substance abuse treatment, immigrant families, families impacted by domestic violence, out-of-school youth, parenting teens and others depending on host site service population).
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma, Credential or Certification
Less than High School Completed
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Subject to criminal background check
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