Outreach Community Center of Carol Stream

The Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) is a community based program of Outreach Community Ministries. The Center is a multi-purpose, neighborhood resource center serving primarily the 6000 residents in the southern section of Carol Stream. The goal of the Center is to help the neighborhood residents work together to build a stronger community. This goal is achieved through a wide range of community services that assist people in making positive changes in their personal, family and community lives. Services include case management, counseling, summer and after school programs, tutoring, mentoring, and community development.

Outreach Community Ministries is a Christian 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 Wheaton Youth Outreach (WYO).

Responsibilities and Opportunities

The intern will be well supported by staff and also be expected to make positive contributions to the department’s workflow. After training, interns will meet with clients daily, fielding a variety of concerns. Through supervision, interns will learn interview and assessment skills, gain understanding of community resources, provide referral information and take steps towards maturity as a professional helper. Interns are responsible for advocating for clients.  Interns will learn and perform reporting for department performance evaluation and grant requirements. Life skills group facilitation and other opportunities are available for those interested in work with children or older adults.  The intern will help with the annual Christmas store during the fall semester.  He/She will be responsible for assisting with data entry, communication to the community, scheduling appointments, coordinating fundraising, and other activities as needed.  They will also be asked to participate in one shift on the day of the Christmas store event.

Training and Supervision

The intern will receive experience in the overall working of a Christian, community based social service ministry. The intern will gain valuable knowledge of the issues confronting immigrant families, the working poor, those who are attempting to move from welfare to work, and the social institutions (government, religious, business), which most impact these populations.

Weekly individual supervision will be provided by an MSW.

Hours

Case management internships can be for the semester or for the year. The internship is a minimum of 15 hours per week and can be worked in Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. hours can be negotiated based on internship requirements.

Case management internships are available for BA or MA/MSW students. Some social service or volunteer experience preferred. Applicants must be supportive of the agency’s statement of Mission and Faith.

 Requirements

Case management internships are available for BA or MA/MSW students. Some social service or volunteer experience preferred. Applicants must be supportive of the agency’s statement of Mission and Faith.

 

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