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SOAR Development VISTA
The Rhode Island SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) initiative aims to expedite access to disability income benefits for individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and who have a serious persistent mental illness and/or medical impairment. Recovery from mental illness or medical conditions is challenging when one is struggling to meet basic needs. For many persons in recovery, accessing benefits is a first step and can be difficult without assistance. The Kent Center’s SOAR program works to grow and sustain the provision of SOAR services throughout Rhode Island. The population we serve intersects with a diverse range of demographics including veterans, individuals with substance use disorders, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. We work closely with other programs and service providers to deliver wraparound services in a Housing First Model. The Rhode Island SOAR program is committed to implementing a strengths-based approach in our work, supporting our clients' self-determined needs, and respecting the dignity and worth of all persons. We are a small team (which includes two canine associates) and work together closely. We strive to maintain a fun and collaborative environment while working hard to bring income to individuals experiencing homelessness. The SOAR VISTA project requires members for activities such as grant writing, training, and needs assessments. Successful members will need strong writing skills and confidence working independently and as a team. It is necessary that VISTA members share our commitment to supporting recovery and improving the quality of life for people experiencing homelessness. The ideal candidate should be flexible, inquisitive, compassionate, and possess a sense of humor and passion for social justice.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The VISTA member will work closely with the SOAR team to write grants, conduct an impact assessment, manage data, and facilitate community outreach and training. The VISTA member will work to identify gaps in the provision of SOAR services and the needs of specific populations to inform future program development. They will identify and obtain financial resources to support the expansion and ongoing sustainability of SOAR in Rhode Island. The VISTA member will facilitate community trainings for social service agencies to increase the understanding of SSA disability benefits programs.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Housing ,  Veterans ,  Community Outreach ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Public Health ,  Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Public Speaking ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Leadership . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

SOAR Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/04/2019  -   02/03/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations RHODE ISLAND  

Accepting Applications
From  04/30/2018  To  02/18/2019 

Contact Lindsay Cutler
1070 Main St
Pawtucket   RI   02860
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79888