Last updated by Tim Knuck on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:00pm
About the InternshipDuties:
As an Intake Interviewer, you will assist our clients to get access to basic needs such as rental/utility assistance, vouchers for distribution of personal items, and referrals to SVdP conferences that help support families and individuals in neighborhoods across Central and Northern Arizona. Intake Interviews are conducted Mon-Thurs nights (4:30 – 6:00pm). The Intake Interviewers may also be in charge of Intake volunteer training within the Intake Program. There may be opportunities for you to help develop the intake system further as we receive new donations. This is a great way to get to know our clients more personally. Intake Interviewers should be comfortable talking with clients and using the information they get through interviews and applying it to the programs we offer. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus!
SVdP serves several populations in need throughout Northern and Central Arizona including the working poor and those experiencing chronic homelessness. The SVdP Medical/Dental Clinic, dining rooms, and food bank serve individuals and families in poverty. In addition to families in poverty, SVdP serves those experiencing chronic homelessness. SVdP has an overflow evening shelter and many services like case management, utility assistance, etc. that help individuals end their homelessness.
In Arizona, 17.4% of individuals or families live in poverty which exceeds the national average of 13.5% (United States Census Bureau). This means that over “2 million Arizonians are considered working poor, living at or below the federal poverty guideline” (Feeding America). The federal poverty threshold for a family of four in Arizona including two children is $23,339. In addition to individuals or families in poverty, one in 184 Arizonans are experiencing homelessness (2015 AZ DES Report). The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix Dioceses, provides services to alleviate poverty and homelessness in Arizona.
Community Volunteers are an integral part of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Every year, 10,000 individuals volunteer at the Phoenix Council for SVdP allowing our organization to make a greater impact in community. Approximately 95% of the SVdP workforce are volunteers. Without the assistance of volunteers, SVdP would not be able to Feed, Clothe, House, and Heal those in need. Last year, 10,000,000 meals were distributed to the community through 5 dining rooms and food boxes. Over $3 million in services to uninsured or underinsured individuals or families were provided by the SVdP Medical and Dental Clinic. Through the Family Intake Program, our families are able to save money by receiving distributions. Money that would have been used for food or other basic services can be saved to ensure the families keep their housing.