Navarro County Bilingual Legal Advocate – Part time

Position Status: Part – time Legal Advocate

FLSA: non-exempt (hourly)

Supervised by: Director of Outreach and Legal Advocacy

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE: The Rural Advocate will provide advocacy services to clients who are domestic violence survivors in Navarro county and assist as they navigate through criminal justice and victim assistance processes and programs. This position will also be responsible for increasing awareness of Family Abuse Center and services available to survivors of domestic violence. A significant amount of travel in Navarro county will be required.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Pre-law, or Social Service, or equivalent combination of skills and experience • Master’s degree preferred

Experience • 1-3 years experience in the field of domestic and/or sexual violence helpful • Knowledge of criminal and civil proceedings • Experience working with diverse people and groups • Experience working for systemic changes in the community • Demonstrated effectiveness in working as both a leader and a team member

Skills/Abilities • Fluency in both English and Spanish required • Strong written and verbal communication skills • Strong organizational skills • Ability to maintain accurate data and documentation of client services • Demonstrates experience and ease working with a diverse population of clients • Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team, as well as the ability to work independently • Ability to resolve conflict and demonstrate crisis intervention skills • Provide and receive supervision • Strong sense of self-direction and initiative • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Products and other basic computer programs

Licenses/Credentials • N/A

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Provide direct services to victims of family violence including, but not limited to, court accompaniment, assistance with filing for protective orders and crime victim’s compensation, crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency legal advocacy, basic case management, and information and referral regarding other local resources. • Office is located in Navarro County, but travel will be required in Navarro county to meet directly with clients and partner agencies • Provide community education and training to rural communities and the criminal justice system to help identify victims of family violence and provide or refer them to needed services • Develop working relationships with law enforcement personnel, community agencies, faith-based organizations, district attorney, judges, medical professionals, volunteers, and other entities that work with or encounter victims of family violence • Believe in and act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals • Experience working with diverse population and groups. • Document all client services as well as community outreach work • Write routine reports, correspondence and appropriate case notes. • Complete other duties as assigned by supervisor

Cover letters and resumes to Shelly.mathews@familyabusecenter.org

Part time Resident Advocate

Position Status: Full – Time

FLSA: non-exempt (hourly)

Supervised by: Shelter Manager

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE: The Family Abuse Center depends on the Resident Advocates to ensure that our shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The primary responsibilities of the Resident Advocates (RA) are to provide crisis intervention and referrals on the 24-hour crisis line and provide resident assistance to those in the 24-hour shelter. R.As approve admission to FAC in accordance with policies and procedures, provide front desk coverage (answering incoming calls, assisting residents at front desk, etc.) in between hotline calls as needed, provides shelter intakes to incoming shelter residents and help clients move and settle into shelter. Other duties include crisis intervention, meal preparation, maintaining client records, and ensuring confidentiality.

Current Need: Must be available overnight shifts, weekends, and over the holidays.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education • High School Diploma or GED Experience • 1-2 years experience in the field of Domestic and/or Sexual Violence preferred, or the same amount of residential services experience • Experience in social or human service field (domestic violence, sexual violence) preferred. Skills/Abilities • Strong oral and written communication skills • Strong organizational skills • Ability to problem solve and diffuse conflict under pressure • Demonstrate experience and ease working with a diverse population of clients • Ability to handle crisis situations with sensitivity and assertiveness • Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently and to take initiative • Flexibility and ability to prioritize job responsibilities • Ability to maintain personal balance and accomplish multiple tasks that require a variety of skills • Demonstrates skills of self-direction • Light clerical duties • Ability to maintain accurate data and documentation of client services • Provide and receive supervision • Work in basic computer programs such as MS Word & Excel. • Bilingual a plus. Licenses/Credentials • N/A

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Provide direct services to survivors of domestic violence. • Maintain Shelter Programming Statistics and Documentation. • Maintain a secure, clean, and respectful shelter location and work environment. • Maintain communication with case management team and other shelter staff. • Believe in and act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals . • Document all client services. • Serving some meals, and managing the kitchen in the evening and weekends. • Cleaning as required. • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Cover Letter & Resume to Whitney.Thomas@familyabusecenter.org

Christmas Bow

Family Abuse Center’s donors come in all shapes in sizes and are inspired by anything you can imagine. This is the story behind a donation Family Abuse Center received for the babies and infants we serve.

Christie is an instructor at the local YMCA. As a dedicated instructor, Christie shares parts of her life with her class. This year seemed to be about animals. Christie and her husband have always had a heart for animals, particularly donkeys.  For Christmas, Christie was surprised by her husband with a pair of miniature donkeys – Holly and Nick. After coming to live with Christie and her husband, both donkeys began putting on healthy weight, but Holly’s weight seemed to continue increasing. After a trip to the veterinarian, it was determined that Holly was pregnant and might be due in the summer sometime. Each evening, Christie would go to the field and feed Holly and Nick treats and check on them.

In her excitement, Christie talked about Holly every time she instructed her Silver Sneaker’s class at the YMCA. Caught up in all the excitement, the class wanted to have a baby shower and meet the new donkey when he arrives.  Christie has had a heart for Family Abuse Center for a number of years and decided to turn the baby shower into a fundraiser for baby items to bring to the shelter. The plan was made for May 23rd to have the baby shower. Happily, Holly’s baby was born on May 20th, just in time for the party! Because his appearance was such a surprise, the baby was name “Bow” because he was the bow bringing the Christmas surprise together. From the clients and staff at Family Abuse Center, thank you Bow and your family for your inspiration and generosity!

Bow

Back to School!

We have had such an amazing time this summer, but it’s time to start preparing for school again. Please keep in mind Family Abuse Center has students from Pre-Kindergarten all the way through High School. See below for a list of needed items. We greatly appreciate your support!

New/Gently Used uniforms
Index Cards
Graphing paper
Composition Notebooks
Pocket Folders
Backpacks
Pencil Cases
Erasers Quart size
Ziploc style bags
3 Ring Binders
Scissors
Dry Erase Markers
Highlighters
Calculators (all grades)
Pencil Sharpeners
Pencils
Red/Black/Blue Pens
Map colors
Packages of wide-ruled notebook paper
Standard 12” ruler
Hand Sanitizer
Facial Tissues