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Relief Counselor, 18-205

Department: Safe Haven
Office: 414 Harrison Avenue
Location: Boston, MA
Position Type: Direct Care
Hours/Shift: Hours Vary
Employee Type:: Relief

 REQ.# 18-205


 LOCATION: 414 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA and 8 Church St, Dorchester, MA 

 SCHEDULE: On call as needed



The Relief Counselor is responsible for the overall safety of the participants in the program at 414 Harrison Avenue and 8 Church Street. The Relief Counselor will assist participants in obtaining their lunch meal and performing other activities of daily living (ADL) skills. The incumbent will also work with other staff to engage participants in leisure time activities. This program will follow the models of Housing First/Safe Haven. The Relief Counselor will create and maintain a respectful atmosphere that empowers very chronic, mentally ill participants to reach their highest level of functioning.



  •  High School Diploma or GED
  •  Some basic prior human services trainings
  •  Minimum of six (6) months experience working in a shelter setting, community residence or in an inpatient setting
  •  Experience maintaining a safe environment for clients in a program setting
  •  Experience as a human services team member
  •  Familiarity with the concepts of rehabilitation and consumer empowerment
  •  Experience with dually diagnosed individuals, experience assisting people with ADL skills, comfort level working with participants with untreated psychiatric conditions, comfort with a harm reduction approach to substance abuse, effective writing and verbal skills
  •  Ability to respond to individuals in crisis
  •  Ability to climb multiple sets of stairs quickly and frequently
  •  Ability to assist certain individuals with ADL skills


PAY:  $13 - $15  DOE

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