Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society (TWHLS)
Position: Housing Worker
Shift: 37.5 hours/week, full-time
Closing Date: Aug 12, 2022
TWHLS is a community-driven initiative raised out of concern and recognition of the urgent need to break the cycle of Indigenous women’s over-representation in Canada’s prisons. Indigenous-led, we provide trauma-informed, culturally appropriate services for First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ women exiting the justice system.
To this end, TWHLS focuses on:
- Restoring Identities
- Providing Housing
- Creating Opportunities
Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society will promote and provide services for First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ Women to focus on their journey to wholeness and balance.
To provide First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ women a place in the Greater Toronto Area to heal and reclaim positive cultural identity, rehabilitation, and wellness.
To establish a Healing Lodge for First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ women who are in conflict with the law, and for those who have survived intergenerational trauma. To provide cultural support, traditional knowledge, and resources, for the advancement of wholeness and balance. To empower First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Inuit, and Metis 2SLGBTQIA+ Women to take their honoured place within their community and culture.
The Housing Worker will provide culturally competent service to Indigenous women who have experienced violence, incarceration, and shelter insecurity. This position is a full-time position. The Housing Worker will represent Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society by demonstrating the qualities of the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Courage Wisdom, and Love.
- Practice strict COVID-19 protocols at all times.
- Provide culturally sensitive support to Indigenous clients who are homeless, living precariously, and exiting correctional institutions. Services include assistance in applying to housing, applying for available housing benefits/allowances, advocacy (individual and systemic), assistance with income support and housing referral information.
- Collaborate with other Indigenous agencies that provide housing support and develop and maintain partnerships with housing providers to support recently housed and perspective tenants.
- Maintain a caseload that consists of both residential clients and outreach clients.
- Assist with Outreach duties when required.
- Maintain statistics and clear case management reports.
Team Support and Development
- Contribute to the orientation and training of new staff, students, and volunteers.
- Participate in informal and formal team meetings to review and discuss cases, secure, and offer advice concerning clients and provide input into other team and operational issues.
- Comply with the agency Health and Safety plan.
- Comply with agency policies and procedures.
- Perform other tasks as assigned by management.
- Bachelor’s Degree or College Diploma in a related field (Social Work, Child and Youth Work, Social Services) or relevant mix of education and lived experience.
- Demonstrated understanding of the Residential Tenancy Act, Eviction processes and Landlord Tenant Board.
- Awareness of issues related to homelessness and incarceration and the community resources Indigenous women need to transition successfully to independent living.
- In depth knowledge of Indigenous, history, culture, and traditions along with an understanding of the barriers facing Indigenous peoples.
- Valid Class “G” Driver’s License, clear driving abstract is an asset.
- Valid Level I First Aid Certificate or intent to obtain once hired.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as an effective team member.
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict and crisis.
Thunder Woman Healing Lodge is committed to the development of an organization that reflects the Indigenous values and teachings.
If you meet all the above qualifications and can demonstrate this in your cover letter and resume, please apply by submitting one PDF document to Patti Pettigrew by August 12, 2022.
We thank all applicants and respectfully advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
** We strongly urge Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) individuals to self-identify and apply