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Client Support Program VISTA, Public Defender's Office
This project is supervised by the City of Spokane’s Public Defender’s Office, which operates a Community Court. The Spokane Municipal Court’s Community Court is a therapeutic court whose purpose is to attempt to address the root causes of low-level criminal acts committed in the downtown core of Spokane, Washington. The root causes are, broadly, poverty and lack of resources. The Court attempts to connect people living in poverty with resources that are available to help them to escape from poverty. One of the root causes of poverty is untreated and uncontrolled serious mental illness. At any one time in Community Court we have a handful (5-10 on average) of people suffering from serious mental illness that is currently either untreated or treated only sporadically, usually as the result of incarceration. The goal of this VISTA project is to build a program that recruits and trains case managers that can work with community court participants by performing a needs assessment for the Spokane Municipal Community Court (SMCC), provide a report of the findings to the community court team, identify and forge relationships with organizations that are in a position to provide case management trainees and start to design a case manager training program for the SMCC. This position is in Spokane, in Eastern Washington, about 20 miles west of Idaho and 110 miles south of the Canadian border. Benefits include $575 biweekly living allowance. VISTA members who successfully complete the year receive their choice of either a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,195) or an $1,800 cash stipend. AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program where you can earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving you an edge in the federal hiring process. All members in our program receive access to the CliftonStrengths assessment as a benefit of service and join a cohort of VISTA members throughout Spokane in professional and personal development opportunities.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : This is the third year of a 3-year VISTA project. The VISTA member will develop new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships within the community to support volunteer recruitment for the Case Management Program at the Community Court. The member will also develop trauma-informed guidelines to support the volunteer-client match process and enhance client participation and outcomes. The VISTA member at SMCC will review the volunteer training program to evaluate its effectiveness and make recommendations for improvements. Finally, the member will identify barriers to successful and long-term program delivery and develop a plan to sustain the program beyond their service term.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Public Safety ,  Health ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Health ,  General Skills ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Law . 
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Client Support Program VISTA, Public Defender's Office

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/15/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  05/02/2022  To  06/20/2022 

Contact Kaela Loriz
920 N Washington St
Spokane   WA   99201

Listing ID 111938