What is a homeless advocate?
Under the supervision of a Streets of Hope staff member, Homeless Advocates provide advocacy on behalf of clients based on his needs, including: assistance with obtaining social security benefits, medical benefits, food stamps, housing, and other appropriate interventions to help clients stabilize and develop greater self-esteem, confidence and security. The Homeless Advocates maintain client confidentiality at all times and provide documentation as required. The requirements for this volunteer position include:
- Knowledge of resources in the community;
- Ability to engage with clients in a confidential and compassionate manner;
- Ability to set limits and respect boundaries with clients;
- Ability to liaison on behalf of clients
- Ability to document progress as may be appropriate or required
- Ability to ask for assistance as may be needed, but to work with minimal supervision
- Ability to perform in accordance with Shelter policies, practices and procedures.