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Community Direct Care Assistant

L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. is a community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share an intentional life together. We make known the gifts of people with disabilities, through mutually transforming relationships. Community Direct Care Assistants are people who are open to the call of belonging in L'Arche. Assistants are invited into the home and lives of the core people to learn from and reveal the unique and sacred value of each person.  
Assistants work to build a relationship of mutual care and support with persons with disabilities; foster a home life of unity, mutual respect and participation by all members; provide direct care supports and skill building for core members: personal care needs, money management, medical care, appointments, family and work connections, household chores, laundry, medications, meal preparation, and transportation. 

Qualifications
·    18 years of age or older
·    College education preferred
·    Sturdy emotional disposition
·    Health certification permitting assumption of role
·    Trustworthy and responsible
·    Desire to work with, to learn from, and to relate to people with intellectual disabilities
·    Desire to work in an interdenominational Christian community
·    Creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to organize time
·    Strong verbal and written English communication skills
·    Independence and maturity as demonstrated by:
o Ability to share responsibility for managing a home
o Ability to work cooperatively and constructively as part of a team
o Ability to take responsibility for health and safety of others
o Ability to work with diverse individuals
·    Ability to commit for minimum of one year
·    Valid driver’s license and ability to drive comfortably in the city
·    Ability to learn about intellectual disabilities, mental health, health disorders, and related physical conditions and treatment approaches
·    Ability to learn and implement simple nursing care, first aid skills, behavior management strategies, personal and environmental hygiene, etc.
·    Ability to learn and complete online and paper documentation
·    Physically able to fulfill direct care responsibilities; including ability to transfer adults from wheelchairs to vehicles, beds, etc. and to lift wheelchairs into and out of vehicles
·    Proof of U.S. citizenship or visa status permitting employment in the U.S.
·    Satisfactory criminal background check
·    Non-usage of illegal drugs on or off the job
·    Spanish proficiency highly desirable
Responsibilities
·    To build a relationship of mutual care and support with persons with disabilities
·    To observe the rights and personal dignity of others
·    To foster a home life of unity, mutual respect, and participation by all members
·    To learn and implement the policies and procedures of L’Arche
·    To provide direct care supports, training, assistance and supervision for, and empower core people in:
o Personal care needs (clothing, hygiene, eating, etc.), money management, medical care, appointments, family and work connections, household chores, laundry, medications, meal preparation, transportation
o Achieving personal goals and performing programmatic activities as noted in core person plans and adequately documenting all necessary information,
o Communicating and self-advocating effectively with doctors and other professionals
·    To participate on a team, including sharing responsibility for:
o Household and yard maintenance, cleaning, property upkeep, shopping, and household financial management
o Scheduled routines
o Regularly scheduled meetings
o Overnight awake routines as needed
·    To complete all required training in a timely manner
·    To complete all required paperwork and records in a timely manner
·    To communicate and advocate effectively with doctors and other professionals
·    To accompany core people on vacations and community trips when needed
·    To undertake other duties as needed