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Admin and Facilities Coordinator

Nourish Community Hub

Supervised by:           The Nourish and Develop Foundation

Work Location:          Nourish Community Hub, 38 Cameron Street East, Cannington

Hours of Work:          35 hours/week, generally Monday to Friday (some weekends/evenings)

Salary:                             $15.00-18.00/hour

Application Deadline:          Monday June 15th, 2015, 12 noon

Major Responsibilities:

Nourish Community Hub is where several organizations including The Nourish and Develop Foundation (TNDF), North House, SERA (Social Enterprise Rural Alliance) and the Brock Youth Centre are co-located. The Admin and Facilities Coordinator will support these organizations by providing administrative and reception, as well as facilities coordination, including room bookings.

The successful candidate will have the capacity to work independently and in a team setting. He/she will be the first point of contact for visitors and clients to Nourish either through face to face contact, telephone or email. He/she will demonstrate good judgement to prioritize duties accompanied by strong time management and coordination skills.  This job opportunity will be suited for a candidate who enjoys working with the public and looks forward to multiple tasks in their routine.

Facilities Coordination:

  • Coordinate scheduled site cleaning services
  • Giving and receiving applications for the booking of various spaces and/or resources.
  • Provide information on fees and conditions for rental and use of spaces and/or resources.
  • Coordinate space bookings and payments, including insurance requirements.
  • Assist in marketing Nourish’s facilities to the community in keeping with the marketing plans.

Reception Desk:

  • Referring visitors or clients to the appropriate staff or programs for further information.
  • Ability to assess information and conduct outside referrals when it is needed.
  • Maintains a friendly and welcoming reception area.
  • Answers incoming telephone calls and refers to appropriate staff and/or program.
  • Providing general information on various housed organizations services and programs.
  • Creating daily signs to direct visitors and clients to meetings and ongoing programs.
  • Referring questions or requests requiring follow up to specific staff and/or organizations.

Maintains records:

  • Maintaining a sign in sheet for visitors as considered necessary.
  • Updating and recording both tentative and confirmed space bookings on all appropriate calendars.
  • Receiving, recording and issuing receipts for all payments relate to space bookings.
  • Filing and maintaining files of all space use booking applications or forms.
  • Maintaining the assignment book for maintenance and cleaning services.

Office Assistance:                                                                                    

  • Monitor paper and toner supplies; reordering as required
  • Assisting with correspondence and mailing as requested
  • Stuffing, addressing and stamping envelopes, arranging couriers as needed
  • Creating, distributing and electronic posting of flyers as requested.
  • Posting and electronic distribution of job openings.
  • Checking site shared-supplies periodically and placing orders as agreed.
  • Assist Nourish organizations with placing orders for office supplies.
  • Monitor individual alarm codes and respond to site alarm calls.

Performs other duties as assigned such as:

  • Attending staff coordination meetings.
  • Attend events and weekend/evening sessions as requested and time allows.
  • Making recommendations on policies and procedures related to reception duties.

Qualifications, knowledge and experience:

  1. Experience in customer service and non-profit/business reception
  2. Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and basic publishing software
  3. Excellent organization and scheduling skills
  4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  5. Friendly and professional manner to handle public inquires and arising issues
  6. Sound decision making and judgment skills in public relations with the ability to effectively manage communication to internal and external stakeholders.
  7. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  8. Knowledge of web publishing and social media an asset.
  9. A working knowledge of community services and resources available in North Durham an asset.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply, in confidence, by emailing their resume and a covering letter by 12 noon, Monday June 15th to Cesar Caneo at ccaneo@tndf.ca, or by regular mail to: TNDF, P.O. Box 220, Cannington, ON., LOE 1E0. We appreciate all applications but only candidates on the short list for interviews will be contacted.

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The Garden of Eatin’

girl guides

The Garden of Eatin’ is underway for what is sure to be another wonderful season! The Uxbridge Brownies and Girl Guides were out helping clear the plot on May 5th. Their help was so appreciated. If you have a green thumb, or want to learn how to garden, give us a call – the more hands the better. The Garden of Eatin’ grows produce for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Uxbridge, delivering weekly from May to October.

Need community service hours – we’ve had many students over the years earn their hours in the garden.

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Why we walk

People all across Canada, braving the cold.  All to help the hungry, homeless and hurting.  Join us in Port Perry, Saturday February 21st to raise funds to help North House walk our dream of creating more affordable housing in North Durham into reality.

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The Coldest Night of the Year

The Coldest Night of the year website for the 2015 walk is now live!  Register a team, register as a walker, or sponsor a walker, help North House walk our dream of creating affordable housing in North Durham a reality!

Lets walk again

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National Housing Week

To recognize National Housing Week, North House staff and volunteers spoke at schools throughout Brock, Uxbridge and Scugog townships.  The Book –The Cardboard Shack beneath the bridge was read to students to make them aware of homelessness issues. Students then made themselves their own Cardboard Shacks!

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A Coffee House for North House

coffee house

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Farmers to Foodies

table talks Oct 21,14

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North House is hiring !

North House Transitional Housing

Position: Homelessness and Prevention and Outreach Worker (1 year contract, renewable)
Location: north Durham Region (Uxbridge, Port Perry and Brock Townships)
Start Date – mid October 2014
Part-Time – 21 hours/week

Position Objective:
The position of Homelessness Prevention and Outreach Worker provides housing stabilization services through referrals to community resources and connection to government and nonprofit programs; assists households to maintain their current tenancies and assists people who are currently homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless) to secure transitional to permanent housing. The Outreach Worker provides contacts with landlords and assists with negotiations with prospective landlords, and facilitates mini – wraparound support services in the short to medium term, up to 3 months to ensure housing retention (to include referrals, budgeting, and effective house or job search). For those with greater needs, referrals to the North House Wraparound Manager or other appropriate services will be made. 

Responsibilities:

  • Acts as primary contact person for families and individuals at risk of homelessness;
  • Coordinates payment requests for temporary financial assistance; obtains required documentation; submits request and follow up;
  • Maintains timely and accurate client files, including Action Plans, correspondence and case notes;
  • Maintains statistical records for reporting to the region on a monthly basis
  • Conducts follow-up on contacts and on transitioned clients every three months for twelve months;
  • Networks with housing and housing stabilization programs to target the homeless population in need of housing;
  • Provides direct outreach in high-need neighborhoods and/or organizations to market the program to households at risk of homelessness;
  • Develops a stock of appropriate affordable housing units specifically designated for families in need of housing and a landlord registry;
  • Screens referrals to determine the target population; determine that clients meet basic program eligibility;
  • Conducts eligibility screening for Entitlement and Benefit Programs and refers clients to appropriate community services;
  • Works with other organizations to coordinate services to clients – “one-stop” service;
  • Maintains strict confidentiality concerning any personal information;
  • Responsible for reporting progress at North House meetings;
  • Assists in program development and quality assurance activities as directed by North House Coordinator;
  • Attends required training programs and community meetings as assigned;
  • Attends regularly scheduled supervision, staff and or other meetings as requested;
  • Mandated to report any witnessed or suspected child abuse/neglect to Children’s Aid;
  • Assists with special projects and completes other duties assigned by North House Coordinator;
  • Promotes North House’s services through presentations in the community to promote awareness of North House and what it offers via various programs;
  • Works with the Wraparound Manager of North House, updating on clients being served; maintaining a seamless provision of homelessness service delivery in north Durham.

 Requirements

  • University or college degree or diploma in human services and 2 Years human services experience;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; computer skills including word processing; ability to work with a group or independently;
  • Valid Ontario Drivers’ License, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation;
  • Experience in housing, housing law and other areas as they lend themselves to successfully enhancing this program, and support persons attending Landlord and Tenant Board hearings;
  • Highly motivated, creative, with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to provide comprehensive, intensive services to the homeless;
  • Knowledge of regional, provincial and federal assistance programs preferred.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday October 3, 2014 via email to coordinator@northhouse.ca

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

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$150,000 OTF Grant is Just One of the Ingredients in a New Community Food Hub

Cannington – A recipe for success is what several local groups have as they get started with their plans to create a Community Food Hub in Cannington, thanks to the $150,000 grant they received this summer from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  North House, the Brock Youth Centre, SERA CV and the Nourish and Develop Foundation are the organizations lending their expertise to the initiative that will see a commercial community kitchen created as part of the hub, which can be used for future social enterprise projects.
“Congratulations to North House and their partners on receiving this Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant. This grant will help these collaborative groups create the Community Food Hub, which will serve the needs of North Durham for years to come.” Laurie Scott, MPP.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation funding will be used to outfit the commercial community kitchen that will be a part of the Community Food Hub. The kitchen will be barrier free making it accessible for those with disabilities and will meet public health guidelines, perfect for those needing more space to prepare food for sale. If you would like to learn more about the Community Food Hub please visit www.tndf.ca or call North House at 705-432-8654 or the Nourish and Develop Foundation at 705-432-2444.
“It’s a pleasure to announce that this funding will go towards increasing opportunities for the community in food production, processing and education. This is a community project that will benefit everyone, from children, youth and seniors, to farmers, and cottage industries in need of commercial kitchen facilities for the production of their value-added products,” said Anne Kewley, Chair of the North House Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring a community kitchen to north Durham. These have been shown to become community assets in the areas that already have them,” said Ann Watson, Coordinator of North House, upon hearing the news that they’d received a grant from the Foundation.
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information on the Foundation, please visit their website at: www.otf.ca 

For more information, please contact:

Ann Watson, Coordinator
North House
705-432-8654
coordinator@northhouse.ca

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North House is Hiring!

Maternity Leave Position: Catering Manager, 35 hours/week, some evenings and weekends required
Contract Duration: 12 months
Rate: $18/hour
Posting      Date: August 5,  2014
Application Deadline: September 2, 2014
Location:  Cannington, ON

North House is a not-for-profit,transitional housing organization that has assisted people living on low incomes in north Durham Region for 10 years. North House works with families and individuals who face housing instability, working with them to address their needs and hopes, advocating for better, more affordable housing for all.

North House is currently looking for a Catering Manager to join the team at North House Catering. This position provides leadership and direction to North House Catering and is responsible for all catering production activities including menu planning, food prep and serving, promotion and advertising, keeping stakeholders up to date on activities including funders and Board of Directors, coordination and supervision of participants, and workshop delivery on topics related to catering and food prep. Driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle is essential.

The position requires respect for people with barriers to employment including those living in poverty, and those who face mental and physical health issues, social isolation, etc. Sound like something you would enjoy doing?

Please send your resume and cover letter by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to coordinator@northhouse.ca.

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