America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the
national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest
providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in
New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s
poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide
life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City,
Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.
VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of
domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans —
experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS,
behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and
intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults
on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk
VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services
in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building
affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum
of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those
recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling
program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise
awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s
responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work.
Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally
recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and
the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community
service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has
a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.
The Peer Specialist will assist the program in providing treatment services by engaging clients to further their acceptance of services and aids staff in understanding the clients’ issues. Along with the team as a whole, provides follow up services to assure compliance with the service plan. Acts as a role model for the population serviced.
A High School Diploma or General Equivalency. Life experience with the service systems utilized by the target population. Must be flexible due to the Program is residential in nature and requires 24-hour coverage, and the assignment of staff to each shift is guided by criteria developed to meet the needs of the specific individual program. Valid Driver’s License preferred.
- Assist the team in giving clients information about the program and it’s benefits.
- Assist with obtaining necessary client information to ensure appropriate services.
- Participate in case conferences, schedule appointments for clients and follow-up on appointment attendance.
- Facilitate or co-facilitate groups and workshops.
- Escort clients to appointments/referrals and assist with transportation.
- Performs related duties as requested.
Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.
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