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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $45,500-$50,050
  • Organization Type: Health

Power4STL

The T Outreach Associate

Power4STL – A Community of Health

The T

5874 Delmar Blvd St. Louis, MO 63112 •Info@thetstl.com  • 314-474-5707

POWER4STL

Power4STL is a community of health working to reduce the impact of trauma in the St. Louis region. This includes three core programs: The T, for people at risk for overdose,, the BRIC, for people who have experienced bullet injury, and community engagement, focusing on education and therapeutic efforts to reduce the impact of trauma. Through these programs, Power4STL provides public health education, community engagement, self-care resources, harm reduction, and support, as well as direct clinical care for acute and chronic trauma. Power4STL team members include health professionals, community health workers, advocates, peers, and community members with lived experience in trauma and recovery.

Our care is co-located, meaning that we provide medical, spiritual, and occupational support in the same space, recognizing our patients as whole people. With this model,  we approach the issues of “gun violence” and “drug use” in the context of what they truly are: acute and chronic expressions of trauma. Our Black-led, queer-inclusive collaborative approach promotes radical generosity, building trust, low barrier access, and whole person care. Through this approach, Power4STL is bridging the gaps in institution-based support models which are so often re-traumatizing to those experiencing the pain of injury and chronic loss.

The T

The T, which stands for trauma, is a holistic harm reduction program. We recognize that drug use is often a response to trauma, and that Black bodies in the US carry a collective, historic, and present burden of trauma within the body. Responding to this burden requires a commitment to physical, social, and spiritual wholeness that conventional treatments do not prioritize. The T meets people who use drugs where they are, and we invite them to take a step into their health and wellbeing. We do this through a mobile engagement strategy–The T on Wheels aka “TWheels” –as well as an accessible, open-door policy to the clinical and self-care services at the brick and mortar building.  This center focuses on safe use, overdose prevention and reversal, wound care, infection management and prevention, and holistic self-directed methods for gaining control of chaotic opioid use. We also provide navigation to both treatment and recovery services. The T collaborates with numerous community partners, including the Wellston Loop CDC, LIV Recovery, Preferred Family Care, Family Care Center, EPICC, Places for People, St. Patrick’s Center, Living With Purpose, St. John’s UCC, and MONet.

POSITION SUMMARY

The T Outreach  Associate reports to The T Outreach Director and supports outreach by participating in daily outreach trips to St. Louis neighborhoods to provide supplies and clinical care to community members. This position is part-time and hourly.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES

Outreach Responsibilities

Distribute harm reduction supplies, Narcan, hygiene kits, wound care kits, and a variety of other self-care items and resources
Keep paper records of patient needs and treatments
Provide harm reduction education and guidance to participants
Maintain a therapeutic and trauma-aware patient care environment

Logistical Responsibilities

Load and unload the TWheels van with supplies
Set up outreach locations
Perform inventory checks
Assemble care kits as needed

Power4STL Responsibilities

Attend staff meetings and Outreach Team meetings
Contribute to community engagement events as needed
Other duties as assigned

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

Cultural fluency with the St. Louis community with specific focus on the Black masculine-bodied experience and  the impact of trauma
Punctual, consistent, and communicative
Reliable transport to and from work
Ability to work under extreme weather conditions
Comfort and confidence working with unhoused communities and meeting people where they’re at with a focus on the tenants of harm reduction
Ability to work independently and take initiative
Can lift and carry up to 50 pounds regularly
Ability to use email on each work day

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Harm Reduction knowledge and experience
Expertise in some therapeutic offering such as first responder training, community chaplaincy, community health work, social work
Experience working with unhoused populations
Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive outreach vehicles

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position is located in a largely outdoor environment. This position requires standing, driving, lifting up to 50 pounds, typing, frequent encounters with participants and the public,, inclement weather, as well as the ability to maintain a trauma-informed environment.

BENEFITS

Part-time employees are eligible for health insurance. Full-time employees are eligible for health insurance and paid time off.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Power4STL is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. Individuals who have personal experience with drug use or sex work, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and the formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position is open until filled; first reviews begin immediately.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to info@thetstl.com.