SAFE seeks AmeriCorps membersWritten by Antwon R. Martin
Many survivors who receive services from SAFE face the impossible decision of returning to an abusive home or being homeless. That’s why we’re happy to have partners like Keep Austin Housed, an AmeriCorps project of Front Steps working to address homelessness in our community.
Keep Austin Housed has begun recruiting agency placements for AmeriCorps members. SAFE is looking for five full-time placements. Interested?
What we’re looking for
AmeriCorps members work directly with SAFE clients to access critical community resources and become self-sufficient.
Members serve approximately 40 hours per week, generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Duties include assisting with existing case management services by providing more intensive support and life skills training to address specific housing, employment, and personal stability barriers. In short, you’ll be helping clients make significant, lasting changes for themselves and their families.
AmeriCorps members assess client needs, develop action plans to meet goals, and provide guidance every step of the way. Additionally, members educate the community on issues related to homelessness, leveraging the support of community volunteers.
About Keep Austin Housed
Keep Austin Housed, a project of Front Steps, affects positive change in the lives of children, youth, and adults who are at risk of experiencing, currently experiencing, or have formerly experienced homelessness.
Keep Austin Housed places 35 full-time members in 10 non-profits in Austin. Half-time members serve 40 hours per week over the course of a 5 and a half month term, in which they work directly with individuals to overcome barriers to housing, employment, and personal stability
In addition to work at their sites, members develop personally and professionally through team-building events, trainings, and service opportunities. Members must be 20 years old and have some college experience. Work and/or volunteer experience with homeless populations and/or general service delivery is preferred.