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Yellow Brick House: Children's Worker



The Yellow Brick House/Project Hostel is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing services to women who have experienced violence and abuse. The Yellow Brick House provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and crisis and short term supportive counselling to abused women and their children in York Region. As a feminist organization, we are dedicated to providing services within a supportive environment that facilitates empowerment to help women and their children regain control of their lives.

Purpose of Position:            

1.         To provide a recreational and support program for children in the shelter 

2.         To provide children with a safe, supportive, and non-violent environment 

3.         To provide support to mothers and children who are in the shelter


Reporting to: Manager of Direct Services

Hours of Work:         Part-time permanent 22.5 hours per week


Direct Service:

  • Develop and provide a program of creative care and craft activities, stories and active and quiet games for children
  • Supervise children during scheduled in-house women's programs
  • Accompany and introduce children to programs at the local library, park and/or recreational facilities
  • Plan and supervise children on community outings and seasonal events
  • Assist mothers and children to develop safety plans
  • Provide mothers with emotional support and information on parenting
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate professionally with parents/guardians
  • Assist mothers and children to understand the cycle of violence and the effects of violence and separation on children

Maintenance and Administration:

  • Maintain daily confidential, pertinent, accurate and non-judgementallogging on all children in the shelter
  • Ensure stats are completed at the end of each day
  • Ensure health and safety standards of the shelter and, in particular, of the playroom are met
  • Maintain craft and playroom supplies
  • Check cribs for safety on a monthly basis
  • Assist in the upkeep of the shelter
  • Accept and disperse donations when required
  • Assist shelter staff when required


  • Engage fully and openly in supervision; keeping manager fully informed at all times
  • Participate in team meetings
  • Maintain a positive approach and a professional manner at all times
  • Read, understand and follow agency policies and procedures
  • Keep-up-to date on issues relating to violence against women, impact of woman abuse on children and methods of intervention
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum Early Child Education or Child and Youth Worker diploma 
  • Two to three years’ experience working with children and youth
  • Experience working with children and youth with special needs
  • Experience working with abused women and children
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of abuse/violence against women and children
  • Ability to work under pressure and within the context of the team structure and atmosphere
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to deal effectively with job related stress and handle crisis situations effectively, both in person and by telephone
  • Ability to deliver culturally appropriate services in a multicultural environment
  • Ability to work within an anti-oppression framework
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma, mental health issues, advocacy, substance abuse, employment, child development and parenting 
  • Ability to multi task and prioritize workload
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and the Internet

Please send your resume to:  Joanne Borris, Manager Direct Services by 4:30pm October 11, 2018