Welcome Home Refugee House Summer Intern (Former Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 6 April 2018
I enjoyed working at Ray of Hope. It provides a diverse work environment with a focus on helping newly arrived refugees receive housing and stability in Canada. I learned a lot about the refugee system and what they have to go through to receive status. I worked in a very small team, which was a cool experience. The hardest part of the job for me was feeling useful. I was the youngest on the team and had no prior education or knowledge of the refugee process, so although I learned a lot, I struggled to feel as though I could really contribute. However, I loved the challenge and came to really respect and enjoy the people living at Welcome Home.
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) – Petersburg, ON – 2 October 2015
A typical day saw me monitoring the residents within the Secure Custody for Young Offenders. My position as a direct child care worker had me completing various responsibilities through out my shift. I always had the pleasure of having constant training to better myself in my roles. Management was always assisting, encouraging , and directing me when needed. Co-workers were awesome and fun to work with in a team fostered environment. The hardest part of the job was physically restraining youth when needed, not because I wasn't properly trained but because of the emotional frustration the youths had. The most enjoyable aspect of the job was the constant interacting with the youth.
Awesome co-workers, great training, supportive management.
Volunteer Experiences (Current Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 13 March 2015
Volunteering consists of interacting with any person who wishes to drop in at the community center that day. It is entirely optional, but i have become familiar with the regulars. I assist them with doing their laundry, allowing them to have showers, administering them food tickets and supplying them with coffee and treats. I also interact with them on a friendship and caring level. This consists of simply just chatting, or playing board games, cards, pool, etc. This is a very rewarding position as it allows me to interact with people I might not have otherwise.
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 26 February 2013
A typical work day is structured but room for ideas of your own. I have learned alot working for Ray of Hope such as time managment and working with many different people from mental health and addictions to youth in conflict with the law. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people and clients I work with; managment is very supportive.
Line Cook / Server (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 11 September 2012
I was extremely skilled at putting together traditional dishes with many satisfied customers. I would always doing Daily operation of various kitchen tools and machinery. It was a fun seasonal experience and i would love to do it again when given the Chance.