Community Resilience-Building Program Organizer

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF)
Jacksonville, FL
Posted Date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Community Resilience-Building Program Organizer-FL
 
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is in a position to effectively utilize an AmeriCorps VISTA member in our LSF Health Systems entity. LSF Health Systems works in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families in managing behavioral health care for impoverished populations across 23 counties, and served nearly 300,000 people through outreach programs last year. Stability of housing and financial resources are basic life requirements that directly impact individual and community resilience in the face of natural disasters and/or chronic or episodic mental illness. The project goal for the VISTA is to improve community resilience by engaging the community in an examination of current gaps in overall resilience, and addressing the specific health-based gaps in resilience in low-income communities. The VISTA will work with LSF, other nonprofits, government agencies, and community stakeholders to increase community housing resources available to individuals with behavioral health challenges and increase financial stability for adults with mental illness who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or displaced due to natural disaster. LSF believes these goals and their associated objectives fit well with the CNCS priorities of addressing poverty, building capacity and resiliency at both the individual and community level.
 
Member Duties: The main project goal is to increase capacity for building community resilience among low-income populations. The VISTA will facilitate improvements to community resilience by engaging the community in an examination of current gaps in overall resilience, and addressing the resilience in low-income communities. The VISTA will partner with LSF, other nonprofits, government agencies, and community stakeholders to increase community housing resources available to individuals with behavioral health challenges. The VISTA will partner with these same communities to increase financial stability for adults with mental illness who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or displaced due to natural disaster.
 
Program Benefits: Training, Relocation Allowance, Health Coverage*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Living Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible. 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms: 
Car recommended. 
 
Service Areas: 
Community Outreach, Public Safety,  Disaster Relief
 
Skills: 
Social Services, Disaster Services,  Team Work,  Public Speaking, Non-Profit Management, General Skills, Environment, Fund raising/Grant Writing,  Writing/Editing 
 
 
Contact Name: 
Carl Falconer
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(904)900-1075

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