Jubilee Village Transitional Housing Program
395 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Who We Are
Wheaton Youth Outreach (WYO) is a community based program of Outreach Community Ministries. The Outreach is a comprehensive youth and family resource center serving the greater Wheaton area. WYO was founded in 1971 by a coalition of local churches as a community service for teens and their families. Today, services are available for children and youth, parents and young adults making their transition to independent living. The mission of Wheaton Youth Outreach is to help young people and their families make healthy adjustments in their personal, family and community lives. Services include individual, family and marital counseling, crisis intervention and shelter care services.
Outreach Community Ministries is an interdenominational community service organization, striving to put Christian faith into responsible action. The organization has been called into existence by local churches to respond supportively to the needs of young people and their families. The organization is committed to providing excellence in human services and demonstrating compassion for the whole person. Outreach Community Ministries also offers services through Warrenville Youth and Family Services (WYFS) and The Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC).
Jubilee Village—Casework Services
One of the programs under Wheaton Youth Outreach (WYO) is Jubilee Village, located at 395 Executive Drive in Carol Stream. Jubilee Village is a transitional housing facility for young single mothers and their children, under the supervision of live-in house parents. The goal of the program is provide housing to homeless young mothers between the ages of 17 and 24, and to work with them on developing the skills they will need to overcome the obstacles that they will inevitably face. The desire is to increase their skills in the area of parenting, pursue academic/training programs that will allow them to secure adequate employment, to acquire a driver’s license and a car, and to learn how to live within a budget.
Caseworkers at Jubilee Village work to give practical help to the young mothers by assisting them in meeting everyday needs, as well as working towards future goals. Caseworkers provide them with information on a variety of topics, such as parenting, they make referrals and advocate for the young women in order to assist them in obtaining food, clothing, employment opportunities, child care, and other relevant services. Caseworkers work closely with the young mothers to assist them in becoming self-sufficient, nurturing parents, and productive members of their communities.
Intern Responsibilities and Opportunities
The intern will work as a part of the casework team, and will be responsible for assisting with a small caseload. In that capacity, she will become familiar with resources within the community, learn to implement appropriate assessment skills, and work with the clients on developing attainable goals. The intern will also be expected to drive the girls to appointments, which provides a clinically rich time for clients to talk about what is happening in their lives. Interns will also be responsible for charting in, and maintaining, professional client files.
Training and Supervision
The intern will receive experience in the overall workings of a faith-based, community social service agency. The intern will acquire valuable knowledge regarding the issues confronting homeless youth, the working poor, and those who are attempting to move towards independence and fiscal responsibility. The intern will also develop skills in interviewing, needs assessment, problem solving and advocacy. The intern will be an integral part of the team, and will have the opportunity, under the supervision of a senior worker, to be responsible for a small caseload.
Weekly individual supervision will be provided by an LCPC (if required, LCSW supervision can be provided). Clinical training on a variety of topics is offered monthly by the counseling department.
Casework aide internships are accepted for the summer, a semester or for the entire year. The number of hours worked per week can be negotiated based on internship requirements, and the specific hours worked will be flexed around the client and agency needs, as well as the availability of the intern.
Casework aide internships are available for BA or 1st year MA students. Based on the needs of our program, female interns are strongly encouraged to apply. Strong interpersonal skills are necessary, and social service or volunteer experience is preferred, though not required. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older with reliable transportation and willing to drive clients to appointments or public aid occasionally. Applicants must be supportive of the agency’s statement of Mission and Faith.
If You are Interested in Applying or For General Information
To apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to:
Dolly Cruz, Human Resources Administrative Assistant
Outreach Community Ministries
122 West Liberty (630) 682-1910, ext 254
Wheaton, IL 60187
For additional program information, please contact:
Michelle de Muir, LCPC
Jubilee Village Program Director
395 Executive Drive (630) 665-1584 ext 203
Carol Stream, IL 60188