LifeWire https://www.lifewire.org Together Against Domestic Violence Tue, 16 May 2017 20:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Transitional Housing Advocate https://www.lifewire.org/transitional-housing-advocate/ Tue, 16 May 2017 20:12:51 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1576 Position: Transitional Housing Advocate Reports to: Homelessness Services Manager Hours: 40 hours per week Salary Range: Starts at $18/hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services Classification: Regular, Non-exempt; N4 Responsibility Level Reviewed: May 2017 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 […]

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Position: Transitional Housing Advocate
Reports to: Homelessness Services Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week
Salary Range: Starts at $18/hour DOE, premium pay for multi-lingual services
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt; N4 Responsibility Level
Reviewed: May 2017

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 ground-breaking 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 Service

LifeWire’s Homelessness Services provide emergency shelter and transitional housing to domestic violence survivors. Emergency shelter is located in scattered site individual units to eliminate many of the challenges of communal shelter. Transitional housing is located in semi-private homes where we serve women and their children who are impacted by both domestic violence and chemical dependency.

Overview of Position

LifeWire’s Transitional Housing Advocates provide daily advocacy, support and transportation to the women and their children who are residents of LifeWire’s Transitional Housing facility known as My Friend’s Place (MFP). MFP Advocates work closely with Therapeutic Health Services’ chemical dependency counselor located on site and as a part of the homelessness services team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide survivor driven and trauma informed advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence within a communal living environment. Requires a particular focus on the intersection between domestic violence and chemical dependency.
  • Develop and nurture on-going relationships with partner and referral service providers.
  • Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
  • Facilitate support groups, education groups and other meetings with survivors.
  • Assist in the coordination and expansion of family services for adults and children with support of Homelessness Services Manager.
  • Regularly provide transportation to participants in agency vehicles, including a 15-passenger van. (Training provided)
  • Assist in maintaining the housing facility in compliance with fire and health code regulations.
  • 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.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Work irregular hours, including 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.
  • One or more years’ experience providing direct services to women and children in a residential facility preferred.
  • Multilingual/cultural preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing chemical dependency or mental health concerns preferred.
  • 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. (Work location is not located on a bus line.)
  • Ability to safely and regularly drive LifeWire vehicles (including a 15-passenger van).
  • 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 easily communicate with a wide-variety of individuals. 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 the transitional housing facility and the community. 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 a transitional, communal housing environment 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 drive LifeWire vehicles on a daily basis, transporting residents, their children and supplies; this requires 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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GiveBIG to support domestic violence survivors like Anna today https://www.lifewire.org/givebig-support-domestic-violence-survivors-like-anna-today/ Wed, 10 May 2017 17:00:08 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1718 Today is your chance to GiveBIG to LifeWire and be a champion for domestic violence survivors and their children right here in our community. Today is your chance to help a survivor like Anna. For 20 years, Anna lived under the abuse and control of her American husband who refused to allow her to become a U.S. […]

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Today is your chance to GiveBIG to LifeWire and be a champion for domestic violence survivors and their children right here in our community.

Today is your chance to help a survivor like Anna.

For 20 years, Anna lived under the abuse and control of her American husband who refused to allow her to become a U.S. citizen. Despite her efforts to obtain a Green Card, she needed her husband’s approval. Instead of signing her paperwork, he held the threat of deportation over her head as a method of control.

For 20 years, Anna endured physical, financial and emotional abuse, all while remaining fearful of being deported.

Anna and her husband have a daughter – Noemi. Because she was born here, Noemi is a U.S. citizen. Despite increasing violence – to the point of physical disability – Anna did not leave her husband because of her fear of deportation. If Anna was forced to leave this country, her daughter would be under the control of her physically abusive father. That was a risk Anna wasn’t willing to take.

Finally, the physical abuse became too much for Anna to bear. After reporting a physical assault to the local police, Anna was connected with LifeWire.

As soon as she called our 24-Hour Helpline, she was immediately connected to LifeWire’s Emergency Shelter Advocate. Within just a few short days, Anna and her daughter were able to move into LifeWire’s Emergency Shelter – My Sister’s Home. There, they were safe from their abuser for the first time in many years.

While staying in My Sister’s Home, Anna was connected with LifeWire’s Legal Advocate, who helped her obtain documentation through the Violence Against Women Act – giving her legal status as a U.S. citizen for the first time.

Together with our Legal Advocate, Anna has also started the process of dissolving her marriage and is fighting to gain permanent custody of her daughter.

Because of your support of LifeWire and our work, Anna and Noemi are safe and can begin healing from the abuse they’ve endured.

Your support changes lives like Anna’s and her daughter’s every single day.

Today is your chance to make your donation go further.

Be a champion and GiveBIG to support domestic violence survivors. Your donation will make LifeWire eligible for extra funds through Dollars for Change, a new effort that will distribute additional funds to participating non-profits.

Together, we can and will make an impact.

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LifeWire Executive Director, Rachel Krinsky, Interviewed on New Day Northwest https://www.lifewire.org/lifewire-executive-director-rachel-krinsky-interviewed-new-day-northwest/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:28:58 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1704 New Day Northwest | KING 5 Su Ring The fatal shooting in a special needs classroom in San Bernardino, California, has once again turned attention to the issue of domestic violence. On Monday, a gunman gained access to his estranged wife’s elementary school classroom. He shot her and two students who were standing behind her, […]

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New Day Northwest | KING 5
Su Ring

The fatal shooting in a special needs classroom in San Bernardino, California, has once again turned attention to the issue of domestic violence. On Monday, a gunman gained access to his estranged wife’s elementary school classroom. He shot her and two students who were standing behind her, then took his own life. His estranged wife and one of the students died in the incident.

Even though we can’t know exactly what went on in their specific situation, it’s important to renew the conversation about this type of violence. Rachel Krinsky, Executive Director of the domestic violence advocacy organization LifeWire, joined New Day NW host Margaret Larson to share more about how friends and coworkers may help support someone who is living in an abusive relationship, as well as how a DV victim may reach out for help.

Watch the interview here →

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Hanging Sexual Violence Out to Dry https://www.lifewire.org/hanging-sexual-violence-dry/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:53:25 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1648 Three. That’s the number of Americans who will be sexually assaulted by the time you finish reading this post. As an agency that does not tolerate the use of violence as a tool of oppression, we are outraged by this statistic. That’s why we’re dedicating our efforts over the next 30 days of April’s Sexual […]

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Three.

That’s the number of Americans who will be sexually assaulted by the time you finish reading this post.

As an agency that does not tolerate the use of violence as a tool of oppression, we are outraged by this statistic.

That’s why we’re dedicating our efforts over the next 30 days of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month to bring to light an issue that affects more than 380,0001 adults and children in our communities every year.

Here’s how.

Introducing LifeWire’s Virtual Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program that started in Massachusetts in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts are then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. Since its inception, CLP has gained worldwide support and attention.

Throughout the month of April, we’ll be collecting and sharing the stories and testimonies of survivors of sexual violence. Their brave words will be painted on shirts that we will display right here on our website all month long.

Our Clothesline

Please click on the photos below to enlarge each image.

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Virtual Clothesline Project Testimonies and Stories https://www.lifewire.org/virtual-clothesline-project-testimonies-stories/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:52:38 +0000 https://www.lifewire.org/?p=1653 The post Virtual Clothesline Project Testimonies and Stories appeared first on LifeWire.

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  • Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your participation in this project will remain anonymous. We will not collect nor share any information about your identity.

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