Children's Shelter Direct Care Worker

Loving Arms, Inc. - Baltimore, MD


Responsible for the care and supervision of up to 8 male and/or female youth in an emergency shelter. The Youth Advocate will: (1) Assume all ongoing supervision duties and responsibilities for the youth and home; (2) Provide support and care for youth; (3) Help design and then follow the daily program structure; (4) Work as a team with youth and other staff to complete the necessary cooking and cleaning; (5) Transport youth to and from school, medical and other appointments; (6) Administer medication (and document administration); (7) Assist in conducting intakes and initial assessments, creating initial service plans (with Social Worker), and participate in case planning and review meetings, as needed. Answer phones and take messages.

Will also:

Assist with coordination, planning and operating recreational activities/outings with youth, co-leading rap sessions/house meetings on the unit, attend agency onsite and offsite meetings and trainings, complete agency logs, paperwork and documentation and coordinate, conduct monthly agency Fire Drills and Inspections, assist with outreach and any other duties as assigned.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting visual head counts of all youth in the unit ongoing
  • Checking the youth and facility for safety, supplies and needed items to complete your duties and ensure facility is safe/free from any potential hazard.
  • Providing oversight and supervision of Youth in unit and monitor activities, chores, to include assisting with the completion of chores and checking for compliance.
  • Participate in activities with youth.
  • Document activities of youth, individuals that enter the unit, etc… in log book and initial behind every entry, as trained.
  • Prepare/Serve meals as trained for Breakfast, lunch and dinner using program menu outlined, as applicable.
  • Complete Daily Progress Reports, on computer and save to electronic file on each youth.
  • Enter youth information into the HMIS data base system daily, if needed.
  • Check e-mail and messages and reply/return calls each day worked
  • Check appointment schedule and ensure that there is adequate staff coverage for each shift
  • Transport youth to activities and appointments, as needed, in personal vehicle (mileage paid).
  • Assist with initial intake for new clients, if applicable, to include inventorying all clothing and ensuring that items have been washed prior to being allowed in sleeping areas.
  • Consult with case manager to provide assistance for youth with getting entitlements in place (i.e., food stamps, medical assistance, etc…), as needed.
  • Seek out resources for youth in program (i.e., job opportunities, housing, activities, educational programs, Mental Health, Medical, Substance treatment, etc…) and share information with case manager and other staff.
  • Assist youth with completing homework, applications, forms, etc…
  • Co-Facilitate or Conduct groups/house meetings, etc…. for youth in program, if needed.
  • Report/Document all major incidents/needs (i.e., child injured, killed, ran away/missing, youth out of required medication, fighting, administered wrong medication, etc…) in log book in red and on forms provided and submit to supervisor with your signature. This should also be listed in the summary report at the end of your shift, in red, in the log book and verbally shared with oncoming staff.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

Physical effort is above average, Seventy-five percent of the workday is spent walking, climbing stairs, standing intermittently, and bending. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. requires manual coordination to operate computer, and other business equipment. Requires continuous mental and visual attention to diversified operations. Must be able to function efficiently despite distractions and interruptions. Communicates orally and/or in writing with clients, co-workers, families, and the public. Works in a well-lighted, heavily trafficked area. Must be able to handle a multiplicity of routine tasks, following specific instructions carefully and general instructions completely.

Must have a vehicle and be available to work shift hired for, with some flexibility to assist with coverage any day, any hours, to include overnight, if needed. Individuals available in the evening, overnight and weekend shifts, only, need apply. Permanent Schedule/shifts available. Hours hiring for are Evening 4p - 12:30a; Overnight 12a-8:30a and Weekends (Sat/Sun - 8a-4:30p; 4p-12:30a; and 12a-8:30a)

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $10.50 to $12.00 /hour


  • Residential Group Home: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Associate (Preferred)


  • Baltimore, MD (Preferred)


  • CPR/First Aid/AED (Preferred)


  • Evening (Required)
  • Graveyard (Required)