Sojourner House

The mission of Sojourner House is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, housing, and education for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; and to effect systems change.

Housing Advocate

BASIC FUNCTION:  Responsible for helping to execute the different components of Sojourner House’s housing program, and provide support to Sojourner House’s larger residential team as well.  The Advocate will primarily provide direct services and programming to clients who are seeking housing or a client of Sojourner House’s housing program, including transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing.  The Advocate will also provide back-up advocacy support to shelter clients. The Advocate will work alongside other staff of the Residential Housing Program to provide clients with support and empowerment as they seek to rebuild their lives.



  • Provide individual case management services to clients in Sojourner House’s housing program, including transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing.  This includes weekly 1:1 client meetings, regular phone check-ins, and periodic visits to their apartment.  Develop action plans with clients that outline goals related to education, employment, child care and maintaining housing.  Assist clients in obtaining appropriate substance abuse, mental health, and/or medical services as needed.

  • As needed, provide individual case management services to clients who are trying to access housing through Sojourner House or who have recently left Sojourner House’s housing program.  This includes weekly 1:1 meetings, regular phone check-ins, and periodic visits to their apartment.  Develop action plans with clients that outline goals related to education, employment, child care and permanent housing.  Assist clients in obtaining appropriate substance abuse, mental health, and/or medical services as needed.

  • Develop and implement programming to benefit clients in the housing program, which can include units statewide.  At a minimum, the advocate will facilitate 1-2 support groups, meetings and/or programs per week that will benefit housing clients and other community members.  The advocate will regularly assess the needs of Sojourner House’s housing clients and offer programs reflective of those needs.

  • Working with the Youth Advocate and/or the Child and Adolescent Clinician to coordinate children’s services and make referrals as necessary for permanent supportive housing families with minor children, which may include but are not limited to:  enrollment in the local school system, art expressive therapy groups, tutoring sessions, play groups, field trips, after school, recreational and enrichment activities, child care and mental health programs.

  • Answer phone calls, conduct intakes of new clients, and provide referrals and information to potential housing clients.

  • Provide advocacy and coverage on a weekly basis at Sojourner House’s Drop-In Advocacy Center in Providence.

  • Provide shelter coverage when needed at Sojourner House’s emergency shelter(s).

  • Monitor and implement housing policies and ensure that residents follow these rules and procedures by creating an environment of trust and community.

  • Complete data entry and submit necessary reports as required for grant compliance.

  • Help in the collection of rent from clients in the permanent supportive housing program.

  • Address the maintenance needs of housing units as needed.  This may include communication with landlords and property management companies to provide repairs.

  • Stay abreast of RI community housing issues by building and maintaining relationships with housing and social service agencies in Providence, northern Rhode Island, and throughout the state.

  • Prepare and deliver community presentations in Rhode Island on issues related to domestic violence and housing when requested.

  • Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.

  • Work as necessary with other residential advocates and Volunteer Coordinator to help supervise volunteers.

  • Perform other duties as requested by the Director of Housing and/or the Sojourner House management team.


Experience Required

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology or related field preferred EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL SKILLS: A minimum of two to three years experience in human or social services Familiarity with domestic violence and/or gender issues Must be organized and demonstrate superior leadership skills Proficiency in Spanish is preferred Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills) Familiarity working with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds Experience developing and delivering community presentations A demonstrated familiarity with LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and/or substance abuse populations Access to a vehicle in order to facilitate traveling between the agency’s two locations Comfort working individually and in teams Innovative thinking to approaching issues of poverty and service delivery Familiarity with social service services in Rhode Island Applicant must pass a BCI check Ability to work a flexible schedule, including one night a week and one weekend day.


benefits that include health/dental insurance, paid holidays, accrued vacation/sick/personal time, an Employee Assistance Plan, and a 401(k) plan.


$19 to $21 an hour, depending on experience,

How to Apply

 Please send a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to resumes@sojournerri.org or by mail to 386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908 by Friday, August 14, 2020.  No phone calls, please.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Sojourner House is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


To learn more about Sojourner House, please visit our website:  www.sojournerri.org.

Sojourner House
386 Smith St
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 4018616191

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