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Community Engagement Programs

Community Center Intern

House of Refuge

Mission

House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit organization helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services that assist participants as they strive towards more

Website

http://houseofrefuge.org/Contact(s):

About the Internship

Duties:

Spend time actively engaging and investing in the lives of youth and their families that have experienced homelessness and are currently in transitional housing. A great opportunity to practice and gain experience in a range of skills including but not limited to mentoring, leadership, tutoring, STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math), lesson planning, event coordination, and literacy. The House of Refuge Community Center is a space dedicated to the youth of the families they serve that provides youth with a space in the afternoons after school as well as other events. Youth have the opportunity to spend time in a place where those present are dedicated to provide them with the resources to be confident, successful, and accountable.

The Community Center strives to provide youth with consistency and stability in a time of their life that is full of changes by meeting them where they are in their lives & doing life with them.

Duties Include:

  • Set Up/Take Down of Facility Materials
  • Program/Event Coordination
    • This will involve participating in programs already established.
  • Lesson Planning
    • Interns will have the opportunity to assist in lesson planning in addition to learning about lesson planning related to the program, implement planned lessons, & create their own lessons for the program. Intern will receive input & help for such duties from their direct supervisor.
  • Leading Activities
    • Interns will expected to lead various activities both in a one-on-one setting & large group basis. They will have the opportunity not only to lead activities already created for the program, but also those of their own creation specific to their studies. - Intern will receive input & help for such duties from their direct supervisor.
    • This includes working with/assisting Community Partners while they lead activities with the youth.
      • Free Arts
      • Gabriel's Angels
      • Family Literacy Night
  • Tutoring/Homework Help
    • This will involve participating in already established programs.
  • Direct Youth Service
    • Families living at House of Refuge encompass a wide age range, though not all ages are represented on a daily basis, we continue to seek out opportunities to increase youth involvement of all ages & will do our best to accommodate interns in serving with their desired age group.
Population Served:

Families experiencing homelessness.

Community Need:

The purpose of the Community Center at the House of Refuge is to provide a safe place for youth where they can learn, grow, & thrive through social interaction, mentoring programs, academic enrichment, family nights, structured activities, & the inclusion of partner organizations. We provide a space for youth to come where they are valued, cared for, encouraged, and supported. Having someone present in their lives outside of their family to provide that affirmation, accountability, & consistency is imperative during a time in their lives that may be filled with a lot of uncertainty.

House of Refuge Community Center Partnerships:

  • Free Arts
    • Free Arts for Abused Children iof Arizona is a non-profit that House of Refuge has a partnership with. Through creative volunteers that share their artistic skills (ranging from art projects to theatre, dance, and music) they provide youth with a means to express themselves through art.
  • Gabriel's Angels
    • Gabriel's Angels provides pet therapy for abused or at risk youth to nurture emotional development and enhance quality of life.
    • A registered therapy team, composed of an individual and their companion pet, spend time with youth engaging them to help establish and foster healthy social behaviors essential to development.
  • Family Literacy Night
    • Lead by the Higley Unified School District at House of Refuge. Both parents and youth have the opportunity to learn and practice skills to promote and increase literacy. 
    • Parents meet with a literacy coach while youth meet with volunteer teachers that lead an activity that parallels what their parents are learning.
Community Impact:

House of Refuge empowers families to end their homelessness, increase self-sufficiency, and bring stability in the midst of the chaos of housing uncertainty.