LifeWire https://www.lifewire.org Together Against Domestic Violence Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:34:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 An abusive husband, three kids and no place to go https://www.lifewire.org/no-place-to-go/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:41:31 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=2339 An abusive husband, three kids and no place to go. That’s what Bryan told LifeWire’s Helpline staff when he called. Because many local domestic violence shelters don’t have places where men can comfortably stay, Bryan and his three children were facing homelessness. Domestic violence survivors can face many challenges when leaving an abusive partner: homelessness, financial […]

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An abusive husband, three kids and no place to go. That’s what Bryan told LifeWire’s Helpline staff when he called. Because many local domestic violence shelters don’t have places where men can comfortably stay, Bryan and his three children were facing homelessness.

Domestic violence survivors can face many challenges when leaving an abusive partner: homelessness, financial instability and the continued threat of violence.
LGBTQ survivors may experience other barriers to help. Gay men and transgender individuals may not be welcomed or comfortable at female only domestic violence shelters. Survivors may also have legal concerns about custody if they have non-biological children. 

When Bryan came to LifeWire, he and his family moved into our Emergency Shelter, My Sister’s Home, right away. Because of the unique setup of our shelter, the family was admitted without any problems. For the first time in a long time, the family feels welcome and safe.

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Position: Survivor Services Advocate – Adult Advocate and Children’s Group Facilitator
Reports to: Survivor Advocacy Services Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Pay Rate: Starts at $18 /hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt; N4 Responsibility Level
LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value diversity on our staff. Survivors of domestic violence and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

LifeWire’s Vision / Mission:

Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. LifeWire’s mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional and societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate it.

About LifeWire:

LifeWire delivers unique and compassionate services that provide profound healing. We focus on truly empowering survivors and giving them every opportunity to thrive and succeed. We offer opportunity and hope through services like our award-winning children’s programs, life-changing Housing Stability Program and groundbreaking social change work. As a result, survivors are able to attend to their basic needs, rebuild their lives, find peace and become self-sufficient. Each survivor reaching out to LifeWire has a unique story. Each individual success is a victory.

OVERVIEW OF SERVICES:

LifeWire’s Survivor Advocacy Services provide advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence, coordination with the criminal and civil legal systems and other services such as weekly support groups for adult survivors, children, and youth, housing advocacy, 24-Hour Helpline and referrals to other service agencies in our community

OVERVIEW OF POSITION:

LifeWire’s Survivor Services Advocates support primarily adult survivors of domestic violence in East/North King County. Advocates provide individual advocacy on the phone and in person, assist survivors in navigating the civil and criminal legal systems, connect survivors to other service providers, and offer community education about domestic violence. The Survivor Services Advocate maintains a caseload of adult  survivors, provides in person, mobile and phone advocacy. This position also facilitates children’s support groups.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide survivor driven and trauma informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence. Requires a particular focus on supporting adult survivors and providing family advocacy as needed.
  • Develop and nurture on-going relationships with partner and referral service providers, particularly related to parenting and family support resources.
  • Coordinate and facilitate 1-2 children’s support groups, at least one evening group.
  • Continue to build upon LifeWire’s flexible curriculum, structure, and guidelines for the weekly children’s groups.
  • Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
  • Assist with planning and implementing other events for families.
  • Assist survivors in all LifeWire Services (including Survivor Advocacy, Housing Stability, Mental Health, and Homelessness Services) by contributing to supportive activities including the 24-hour Helpline, support groups, prevention activities and the like.
  • Work closely and cooperatively in a team setting with all staff, interns, donors and volunteers.
  • Maintain organized shared spaces and personal work environment.
  • Participate in system data collection in an accurate, complete, and timely manner.
  • Conduct outcome measurement and use applicable evaluation tools.
  • Complete necessary paperwork and statistical information.
  • Appropriately spend program funds and consistently track the expenditures as required.
  • Regularly provide transportation to participants in agency vehicles.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Work irregular hours, including occasional weekends.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. Work experience may substitute for education.
  • Two or more years’ experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred.
  • Multilingual/cultural preferred.
  • Experience working with children, knowledge of childhood developmental stages, and knowledge of and experience with researching and writing curriculum preferred.
  • Knowledge of domestic violence, physical, sexual and emotional abuse and the effects on children and teens.
  • Experience, ability and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
  • Ability to meet LifeWire background check requirements.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Updated – or ability and willingness to update – CPR and First Aid Certification and AIDS/HIV Certification.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to deliver services.
  • Ability to attend work regularly, including scheduled work time outside of typical office hours.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands and work environment described here represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use a computer, which includes extensive keyboarding, and the telephone. The employee must be able to communicate with a wide-variety of individuals including through interpreter services. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision to read participant paperwork, data enter information, and work with government and community websites, forms, and email.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move from location to location throughout multiple office facilities and throughout the community. The employee must effectively split work time between LifeWire’s office and community locations.  LifeWire advocate roles are mobile, which requires the employee to travel locally to meet participants, other agency representatives, and government employees in their offices. Employees must frequently carry up to 15 pounds and must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 30 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is most often in scattered site housing complexes with varying levels of noise, frequent interruptions and occasional intensive emotional encounters. Occasionally, the employee is in an office environment with moderate noise. The employee is required to participate in children’s activities – inside buildings and outdoors – that require a wide range of mobility. The employee is required to drive LifeWire vehicles, which includes exposure to the outdoors and daily encounters with traffic. Employees are often exposed to recitations of traumatic situations and must be prepared to handle secondary trauma.

LifeWire’s Values: LifeWire’s employees are made of people who believe passionately about the value of this work and take personal responsibility for bringing success to the agency. LifeWire’s team spirit is, at its core, made up these values:

  • Leadership: LifeWire is a leader in the domestic violence movement, using experienced and cutting-edge approaches that transform lives and foster future leaders.
  • Respect and Dignity: LifeWire believes that every person, whether it’s the survivors we serve, our volunteers or our staff, has value, deserves respect and has inherent dignity.
  • Justice: LifeWire is part of and connected to a larger movement to end all types of oppression and violence.
  • Empowerment: LifeWire provides access to options and opportunities for survivors, AND we believe that survivors have the inherent ability to thrive and are capable of making their own decisions.
  • Equality: Everyone deserves to be safe from domestic violence, regardless of their background and access to resources.
  • Passion & Commitment: We are deeply committed to ending domestic violence and approach our efforts with passion.
  • Professionalism: Our staff and volunteers are highly knowledgeable and skilled in the domestic violence arena, value each other, create a supportive work environment, and conduct themselves professionally at all times.
  • Education: We believe that education is one of the best tools we have to prevent domestic violence from occurring today and in the future.

To Apply

Please return your cover letter and resume to:

LifeWire
ATTN: Human Resources
P.O. Box 6398
Bellevue, WA 98008-0398
FAX: 425-649-0752
EMAIL: hr@lifewire.org

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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DV and the LGBTQ Community https://www.lifewire.org/dv-and-the-lgbtq-community/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:46:47 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=2315 While there is a need for more research, recent studies suggest that the LGBTQ community experiences domestic violence at rates similar or slightly higher than heterosexual women. In lots of ways, domestic violence committed in LGBTQ relationships is similar to domestic violence committed in heterosexual relationships. It may include emotional, psychological abuse, economic abuse, physical […]

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While there is a need for more research, recent studies suggest that the LGBTQ community experiences domestic violence at rates similar or slightly higher than heterosexual women. In lots of ways, domestic violence committed in LGBTQ relationships is similar to domestic violence committed in heterosexual relationships. It may include emotional, psychological abuse, economic abuse, physical violence and/or sexual assault. But, LGBTQ survivors also face some distinct challenges.

Abusers may threaten to “out” survivors by revealing their sexual orientation or gender identity to family members, employers or landlords. They play on survivors’ fears of losing their job, home or child custody in order to keep them silent. Parents may also fear that reporting abuse will lead to losing custody of non-biological children they raise with their abusers.

LGBTQ individuals may face homophobia and/or transphobia from police, courts, housing providers, and social service agencies, making it harder to get much needed help. Survivors who do reach out for support may be turned away due to limited knowledge or lack of LGBTQ friendly resources.

Since same sex couples frequently have the social network, abusers may try to discredit, undermine, or isolate survivors from friends who might otherwise support them.

Individuals may also fear that airing their personal problems as LGBTQ individuals will hamper the community’s progress or generate backlash.

At LifeWire, we believe every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to feel safe, respected and loved in an intimate relationship. LGBTQ survivors can access all of LifeWire’s services including emergency shelter, housing services, support group, one-on-one counseling and legal advocacy.

Click here learn more about domestic violence and the LGBTQ community.

 

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Services Director https://www.lifewire.org/services-director/ Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:34:40 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=2306 Position:Services Director Reports to:Executive Director Hours: 40 hours per week Classification: Regular, Exempt Compensation: From $80,000, DOE + benefits LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value diversity on our staff. Survivors of domestic violence and persons of color are encouraged to apply. LifeWire’s Vision / Mission Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions […]

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Position:Services Director
Reports to:Executive Director
Hours: 40 hours per week
Classification: Regular, Exempt
Compensation: 
From $80,000, DOE + benefits
LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value diversity on our staff. Survivors of domestic violence and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

LifeWire’s Vision / Mission

Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. LifeWire’s mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional and societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate it.

About LifeWire

LifeWire delivers unique and compassionate services that provide profound healing. We focus on truly empowering survivors and giving them every opportunity to thrive and succeed. We offer opportunity and hope through services like our award-winning children’s programs, life-changing Housing Stability Program and groundbreaking social change work. As a result, survivors are able to attend to their basic needs, rebuild their lives, find peace and become self-sufficient. Each survivor reaching out to LifeWire has a unique story. Each individual success is a victory.

Overview of Position

Provide strategic leadership as part of the Executive Management Team to establish long-range goals and strategies for survivor services.  Direct the full-range of survivor services (including survivor advocacy, facility based housing, housing stability services, legal advocacy, and mental health counseling); in-kind resource acquisition and volunteer/intern programs; and represent LifeWire services and survivor needs in the DV community.  Provide the highest level of professional experience and independent judgment to complex tasks.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Ensure quality services that align with LifeWire’s vision and mission
  • Provide effective leadership and management that support outstanding survivor services.
  • Manage development and implementation of agency policies, procedures, internal controls and systems to improve the overall operation and effectiveness of service delivery.
  • Provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, monitor revenue, expenses, program performance and outcomes to ensure excellent, quality programs.
  • Remain current on local and national trends and make recommendations to enhance LifeWire’s service performance.
  • Ensure services accountability for achieving outcome data and project goals; meeting financial documentation needs; and complying with contract requirements.
  • Provide long term program planning and implement strategic changes related to services.
  • Build successful relationships with contract monitors and manage operations to comply with contract and legal requirements.
  • Advise on long range planning and provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization.
  • Oversee volunteer and intern training and activities as they relate to survivor services.
  • Resolve escalated survivor and staff concerns.
  • Oversee acquisition of adequate in-kind resources for survivor services and events.
  • Work collaboratively with LifeWire staff and, in particular, the Development Department to present LifeWire to the public in an effective manner.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong commitment to LifeWire’s mission with a deep understanding of the intricacies of domestic violence.
  • Experience managing a team and directing service delivery, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Substantial experience in program design and implementation.
  • A strong orientation toward social justice concerns needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with strong ability to influence others and build a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to think outside the box including creativity, ingenuity, compassion, and commitment to the mission.
  • Embraces change. Decisive decision making, while remaining open-minded and considerate of other’s views including equality and diversity
  • Flexible, adaptable, and works well under pressure
  • Energetic and forward thinking with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics.
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail required.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Experience, ability and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Outstanding ability to organize self and others in an efficient, diplomatic and effective manner.
  • Ability to attend work regularly, including scheduled work time outside of typical office hours.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here represent those that must be met or will be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use a computer, which includes extensive keyboarding. The employee must be able to hear and speak. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision to prepare required documentation, work with government websites, and prepare reports and email. The employee must be able to speak with and inspire small and large groups of donors, employees and community groups. The work involves physical movement throughout LifeWire’s facilities and community organizations’ facilities.  Employee must occasionally carry up to 10 pounds and must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds. This role is mobile, which requires the employee to travel locally to meet other agency representatives, donors, community groups and representative. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is most often in an office environment with moderate noise and encounters other environments including the outdoors. Critical deadlines are an important part of this position; deadlines that affect the employee and the services staff. The employee must be able to work under significant time constraints, meeting those deadlines consistently and with accurate information. Employees are exposed to recitations of traumatic situations and must be prepared to handle secondary trauma.  Duties require willingness and ability to answer questions from participants and staff outside of normal office hours.

LifeWire’s Values: LifeWire’s employees are made of people who believe passionately about the value of this work and take personal responsibility for bringing success to the agency. LifeWire’s team spirit is, at its core, made up these values:

  • Leadership: LifeWire is a leader in the domestic violence movement, using experienced and cutting-edge approaches that transform lives and foster future leaders.
  • Respect and Dignity: LifeWire believes that every person, whether it’s the survivors we serve, our volunteers or our staff, has value, deserves respect and has inherent dignity.
  • Justice: LifeWire is part of and connected to a larger movement to end all types of oppression and violence.
  • Empowerment: LifeWire provides access to options and opportunities for survivors, AND we believe that survivors have the inherent ability to thrive and are capable of making their own decisions.
  • Equality: Everyone deserves to be safe from domestic violence, regardless of their background and access to resources.
  • Passion & Commitment: We are deeply committed to ending domestic violence and approach our efforts with passion.
  • Professionalism: Our staff and volunteers are highly knowledgeable and skilled in the domestic violence arena, value each other, create a supportive work environment, and conduct themselves professionally at all times.
  • Education: We believe that education is one of the best tools we have to prevent domestic violence from occurring today and in the future.

To Apply

Please return your cover letter and resume to:

LifeWire
ATTN: Human Resources
P.O. Box 6398
Bellevue, WA 98008-0398
FAX: 425-649-0752
EMAIL: hr@lifewire.org

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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LifeWire and Other Eastside Housing Orgs Talk about Homelessness https://www.lifewire.org/lifewire-and-other-eastside-housing-orgs-talk-about-homelessness/ Thu, 31 May 2018 18:32:50 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=2300 Eastside groups discuss homelessness and affordable housing at community events Five area service providers recently hosted a joint event to educate community members about the impacts of homelessness. By Evan Pappas Read the full article here →

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Eastside groups discuss homelessness and affordable housing at community events
A small group discusses how domestic violence can lead women to homelessness. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo
LifeWire Executive Director Rachel Krinsky talks about domestic violence and homelessness

Five area service providers recently hosted a joint event to educate community members about the impacts of homelessness.

By Evan Pappas

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