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Refugee Services Health & Employment Resource Navigator
 
 
 
Catholic Charities of Oregon assists individuals and families that must leave their homelands due to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and/or political opinion. Historically, the state of Oregon has welcomed approximately 2000 refugees every year. Catholic Charities is one of only three Resettlement Agencies (RA) in the state that provides resettlement services to these individuals and families. The services offered through this program address a wide array of needs, ranging from initial resettlement to long-term intensive case management. Our role as a resettlement agency is to ensure that refugees are properly resettled and connected to necessary resources and services in Oregon and that the families are empowered to rebuild their lives and reach self-sufficiency. Recently there has been a significant reduction in the number of refugees admitted into the country on an annual basis, consequently reducing funding to Refugee Resettlement programs nationwide. However, newly arrived refugees across the country are still in need of receiving these critical supportive services to in order to successfully achieve independence. In partnership with the other two RAs in Oregon, our program worked closely with the State of Oregon to broaden the scope of services provided to refugees living throughout the state, to address the increased needs and reduced funding. As of October 1, 2018, our program began providing both short-term and long-term case management and employment services to refugees, asylees and victims of trafficking in 5 counties throughout the state.
 
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Member Duties : We are seeking a VISTA Service Member to join our team to help us better serve clients by improving access to resources, in particular with regards to healthcare and employment. This position will assist the team in creating resource maps, which will facilitate healthcare service navigation, help overcome employment barriers, encourage job retention and outline pathways to enable career advancement. The VISTA's role will also complement efforts made over the past three years, particularly in the Salem and Eugene metro areas, as these regions are more rural districts and are still relatively new to resettlement activities and welcoming refugee populations. The VISTA position will be instrumental in the coordination of existing resources, and will help orient local communities towards a more educated and informed approach to interacting with our refugee (and other qualifying) populations.
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Entrepreneur/Business ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Health . 
 
Skills :
Communications ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Public Health ,  Public Speaking ,  Non-Profit Management . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Refugee Services Health & Employment Resource Navigator

Program Start/End Date
12/03/2018  -   12/02/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OREGON  

Languages
Perferred refugee languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  10/22/2018  To  12/28/2018 

Contact Matthew Westerbeck
2740 SE Powell Blvd
Portland   OR   97202
503-688-2688
mwesterbeck@ccoregon.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 84836


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