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Samaritas Youth Resident Support Worker I in Flint, Michigan

Job Summary

Provides direct assistance and guidance to youth transitioning between foster care and independence living in Staff Supported Housing.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a role model to youth in residence by modeling responsible behaviors as required.

  • Provide guidance in daily living skills, including household chores to youth.

  • Monitor activities of youth to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Report non-compliance with home rules to the Case Manager.

  • Maintain communication with youth to ensure adjustment to program expectations.

  • Facilitate and /or participate in “house meetings” to review house rules, plan activities or discuss other needs of house/group.

  • Participate in treatment planning meeting with each youth as needed or requested.

  • Communicate implementation of each youth’s Independent Living Plan with Independent Living Coach, Case Manager and other appropriate parties.

  • Maintain adequate awareness of youth’s activities to ensure the safety of the youth, other residents, staff and the home are maintained.

  • Report safety hazards and needed repairs within home and grounds to designated Case Manager or Supervisor.

Job Qualifications

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • College coursework in social services preferred.

  • Professional training in social work, social services or child development preferred.


  • Experience working in a group home or residential setting preferred.

  • Experience working with youth preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability and willingness to display compassion and sensitivity to youth.

  • Ability and willingness to relate to youth who are in transition from foster care or residential placement to independent living. Ability to deal with a variety of circumstances; ability to recognize problem and respond and/or take appropriate action.

  • Ability to work creatively and effectively in team setting as well as independently with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with others on an interpersonal level.

  • Ability to understand the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the youth served.

  • Ability to guide youth in understanding and applying basic life management skills.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

  • Ability to use basic math skills.

  • Ability to read, speak and legibly write English language with proper use of punctuation, spelling and grammar.

  • Bi-lingual in Spanish (or the Major language of the youth in care) preferred.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of youth information.

Additional Work Requirements

  • Valid unrestricted driver’s license with good driving record, proof of current registration and automobile insurance preferred; reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served preferred.

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Near visual acuity.

  • Hand-eye coordination.

  • Hand and finger dexterity.

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

  • Ability to move freely about the office.

  • Ability to maneuver up and down staircases.

  • Ability to stoop, bend and lift arms over head.

At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!

We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.

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Requisition Number2021-6718

Employee TypeContingent

Hours Per Pay Period47


Work HoursVaried

Weekends and/or Holidays RequiredYes

On Call RequiredYes

Position LocationUS-MI-Flint