Respite Assistant (Part-time; New Haven, CT)

September 8, 2022

Columbus House, Inc.

Job Posting: Part time, FLSA Non-Exempt, Essential

Respite Assistant

VEVRAA Federal Contractor: Priority Referrals of Protected Veterans Requested


Under the direction of the Manager of Emergency Services, the Respite Assistant provides supervision, safety, organization, and program management support to up to 19 homeless clients in need of 24/7 shelter including those in transitional housing and those in need while they recuperate from recent medical procedures. The Respite Assistant networks with the greater New Haven shelters and social service system and collaborates with other Columbus House residential staff in order to provide an environment that reflects the core values of Trauma Informed Service: Safety, Trustworthiness, Choice, Collaboration and empowerment.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

High School Graduate or equivalent; demonstrated ability to manage, motivate and direct consumers; complete knowledge base of all aspects of the delivery of residential services for the homeless population; excellent organizational and time management skills with a deadline oriented mindset; proficient is Microsoft Office and other common desk top applications; able to effectively use the local network of substance abuse, mental health, and social services providers; familiar with mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues and group dynamics; knowledgeable of local housing and vocational/entitlement programs; culturally competent; must possess the capacity to work within a team and foster teamwork; general understanding of crisis intervention skills, confidentiality, boundaries, universal precautions; able to meet all documentation requirements; able to foster a Harm Reduction philosophy within the work environment; strong empathic skills coupled with a high degree of reliability and punctuality; valid drivers’ license with a good driving.



Perform hourly wellness rounds on the floor. Supervise up to nineteen clients to ensure compliance with all house rules. Counsel clients to assist them with following their recovery service plans. Assist in ensuring security of the Shelter. Maintain hourly logs. Observe and document medication calls. Help move client belongings as necessary. Clean and disinfect rooms as clients leave ensuring rooms are well-prepared for new admissions. Collaborate with other agencies and social service providers. Attend agency and program meetings as scheduled. Complete all required reports/incident logs. Enter data into computer as directed. Provide shift coverage to other Residential staff during their break times. Remain on-site to perform essential functions during emergency situations as designated by the Chief Executive Officer. Other related duties as assigned


Supervised by: Medical Respite Coordinator

Pay Scale: $14.00 per hour.

Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday


How to apply (choose only one; indicate where you saw posting):

*Email your resume and a cover letter to

*Send your resume and a cover letter to Human Resources Generalist, Columbus House Inc., P.O. Box 7093, New Haven CT 06519

*Fax your resume and a cover letter to 203-773-1430

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Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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