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January 12, 2021
(Note: this is specific for the L'Arche Chicago community)L'Arche Chicago was a great step after college to meet others passionate about changing how we approach disability. It is more than a caregiving job, and more than just an "intentional community". It is real, hard, mundane at times, but in all these areas is focused on people: uplifting their gifts and coming alongside hardships (not in place of or in order to fix!). I had such a meaningful time in this community and learned so much about my self and biases. Pros: -Creative and kind coworkers, and transparent admin that made me feel welcome! -great benefits for an entry level job -admin pays great attention to rest, time off, and sustainably caring for employees -HR or staff development monthly and down to earth meetings -small organization so you never feel like a number -well connected nonprofit that truly cares about mission and individuals with IDD -Incredibly caring board, donors, and alum that are supporters of the mission -Fulfilling work and practical experience in Social Work, Medical care, ministry, justice, NGo or Nonprofit fields/areas
-Up close and personal, and can be a challenge for folks unfamiliar with realities of community with people who are different -pay isn't very high but I thought it was just fine coming out of college -Sometimes work life boundaries are difficult to maintain due to nature of work and challenge of sharing space with coworkers and adults with disabilities but admin knows that and takes good care of accompanying you in your live-in role! -non-traditional work hours compared to 9-5 can sometimes be hard if you have things on the weekends or weeknights
Advice to Management
Keep being real and welcoming new assistants! Thanks for giving me a chance that has impacted my life and made me more grateful and hopeful for everyday things. I really benefitted from when the office made an effort to be there and get to know assistants who were in the homes.
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January 12, 2021
Reviewed by: Live In Assistant in Chicago, IL (Former Employee)
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