Administrative Assistant (Current Employee), Toronto, ON – April 23, 2013
Pros: flexible hours
The only bad thing about my actual job at Covenant House is that it was a one year contract that is coming to an end and there is no position available for me to stay. I learned a lot from all my co-workers and specially from my direct supervisors. Every day was a little busy with all the volunteer applications and inquiries that we receive but we were – more... able to handle them very well and try to respond all the people that may match our needs, but our positions are limited and we can not bring everyone to volunteer even if we wanted to. The hardest part of this job was when my direct supervisor left sick and I had to deal with everything for a while; specially during Christmas time which is our busiest time of the year. The most enjoyable part of working here is the work environment and that you are serving the community. – less
To assist clients (Former Employee), Cumberland, MD – March 6, 2014
Pros: job hours
Cons: financial pay scale
Helping assess elderly clients with daily functions. I learned to be more receptive to disabilities. The management point of view was very passive. The co-workers were great very helpful. Te hardest part of the job was leaving. The most enjoyable part was knowing everyday I was helping another person.
Case Manager (Current Employee), New York, NY – February 24, 2014
Pros: knowledge/experience, encouraging youth's and helping community.
Cons: the ration of staff to residents on the unit.
Covenant is a good place to gather experience when working with a diverse population. While working at Covenant House I was able to get a better understanding of the needs and hardships faced by LGBTQ youth's as well as youth's dealing with mental health and substance abuse. The most enjoyable part of my job is taking the time out to listen. A lot of – more... times when I meet with a client the conversations are centered around their employment, education or housing goals. Sometimes the youth just needs someone to listen and feel like they are being heard. I am supported by my supervisors as well as my coworkers. We all work together as a team to maintain the stability/structure of the older females unit. The hardest part of my job would be when I work evenings and have to shut the floor down. With the population that I work with no one ever wants to go to their rooms when the floor is closed, which is understandable as they are teenagers. This generally takes a lot of verbal coaching but eventually the youths agree to go inside of their assigned rooms. – less
Donations to the Covenant House in a fast pace job.
Donations Intern (Former Employee), New York, NY – January 1, 2014
On a daily basis i start by opening the clothing room by myself and cleaning and organizing things that were not put in place when case managers come to the room with out clothing room staff. Staff of 3 that ran the program hands on. A co worker and supervisor. Daily donation pick ups Me and one of my co workers go through bags of donations and determine – more... by ourselves what the residents can utilize and what can be given to the next good will. Nothing was hard about the job. I like to work at a fast pace job. I enjoyed the way clients looked and felt when they received there donations. Not all the residents that came to the Covenant House can feed or cloth themselves and to see a smile on there face for something i helped with was exciting. – less
Housekeeper (Former Employee), Trotwood, OH – November 18, 2013
Pros: residents and co-workers
Typical day at work consisted of 1-2 halls to clean in nursing home. Each hall had 8 rooms. My manager at this job was very nice. He made our job feel like more than just a day to day job but, sometimes seemed like he didn'treally care about our job. My co-workers became very good friends of mine which I still keep in touch with two of them today. The – more... hardest part of my job was becoming close to the residents and then them passing away. The most enjoyable part of my job was getting to see all the residents everyday. – less
Sous Chef (Current Employee), Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 30, 2013
Pros: helping the community
Cons: no dishwasher
Interesting work, day to day food preparation for 80 residents in a homeless shelter. Eight to ten hour work day. The most enjoyable part of the job is helping the kids. Giving them a good meal. The management company is called food management associates. There is no incentives and the executive chef is a poor manager. The hardest part of the job is – more... dealing with the incompetence of the executive chef and having no one to turn to. – less
On an avergae day at work I would be responsible for 8 - 10 youth who I work with consistently and who remain under my care while they are residing within the shelter program. They are to 'check-in' with me twice a day. At the check-ins we discuss how their day went. Challenges they may have faced. We discuss job interviews they may have attended, family – more... issues they may be dealing with etc. I also assess their immediate needs and future goals and help them to attain these things which will lead to gaining independence and independent living. The hardest part of this job is when a youth is struggling very badly because we do work with youth with drug and alcohol dependancy and with mental health issues. It is difficult when someone you're working with is struggling but necessary boundaries need to be put in place. The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to work with people all day. The smaller victories and experiencing a youth starting to apply healthy habits to their life is very rewarding. – less
Fund-raiser (Former Employee), Manhattan, NY – August 25, 2013
I had a pleasant time at Covenant House. The management is very professional and understanding, and there's a certain pride that comes with working for a institution that helps homeless and disenfranchised children.
Co-workers were nice as well. However, some of them tended to be pretty cynical about their job, which kinda rubbed off on the entire – more... work environment.
It didn't pay well, and it was part-time, but it was pressure free work and it was a for a great cause. I enjoyed my time there. – less
Receptionist/Office Assistant (Former Employee), Brooklyn, NY – August 6, 2013
This was my first office position, because it was new to me, I had to learn a lot and I was thankful for that, especially being in high school. I learned how to operate different things in a office which I carried on in my other office positions.
Case Manager (Former Employee), New York, NY – April 17, 2013
There was no typical day at work, my work days varied in numerous ways. I learned how to put my thinking cap on and apply to my overall responsibilities. The management and coworkers were all about the forward progress of the young people who lived in the shelter and I loved that. The hardest part of my job was seeing the the young people on my caseload – more... fail. The most enjoyable part of my job was seeing the young people on my caseload flourish into responsible adults. – less
Facilities Director (Current Employee), 460west 41st street new york ny 10036 – February 22, 2013
Pros: fun staff, great holiday get togethers
Cons: the commute and sometimes the hours
Typical work day consists of scheduling my staff 0f approx 35 people there tasks and their duties for the week. I have a great crew in engineering, maintenance, and housekeeping.The hardest part of the job is dealing with the residents. You have to understand where this kids are coming from and how anger they are to be homeless and hungry and cold. – more... the enjoyable part is when you see a sucess story come out of covenant house which does happen. – less