Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a Mobility Mentor in its Aspire program. ASPIRE was developed by United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Women United membership to eliminate barriers women and children face to escape poverty and achieve permanent self-sufficiency. The Mobility Mentor primarily serves as a coach and guide for the female head of household enrolled in the ASPIRE Program. The Mentor will coordinate services for families along the South Hampton Roads Bridge to Self-Sufficiency (adapted with permission from Economic Mobility Pathway’s Bridge to Self-Sufficiency™), conduct assessments, identify interventions, guide the development of family goals, make referrals to partners and oversee the provision of those services. The Mobility mentor will work with families primarily in their homes, or in convenient community locations near families’ homes and/or workplaces within the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth & Suffolk.
The goal of the Mobility Mentor is to work with the entire family while preparing the head of household to work toward reaching their goals. The Mentor will identify strengths and problem solve around areas of challenge with participants. Recognizing that barriers to self-sufficiency are multi-faceted, Mobility mentors work with families to develop goals related to family and personal well-being, career, education, housing and family finances. Knowledge of community resources is essential to the position. Candidate will also have knowledge of: procedures, techniques, trends, and literature of strengths-based and participant driven program models, principles of community organizing, service coordination, and advocacy to initiate/coordinate service delivery and follow-up services. Effective oral and written communication and use of personal computer and standard office software skills are a must. The Mentor will maintain meticulous and up-to-date case files, correctly assess situations within scope of responsibility and to make sound judgments within existing laws, policies and regulations, establish and maintain effective working relationships with parents, children, co-workers and with representatives of other agencies and programs.