Job opportunities with Southern Arizona Family Services


[MUSIC] Alex: IN JUST A FEW YEARS SOUTHERN ARIZONA FAMILY SERVICES HAS GROWN FROM A SMALL GROUP OF DEVOTED TO AN AGENCY THAT REALLY SERVES THE ENTIRE CITY OF TUCSON IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A REWARD ING JOB YOU CAN BE PROUD OF DONNA GALLAGHER IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES.>>THANK YOU. Alex: WHAT’S THE MISSION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA FAMILY SERVICES>>SURE, THE MISSION OF OUR AGENCY IS TO HELP PEOPLE STAY OUT OF INSTITUTIONAL CARE. Alex: CERTAINLY. WHY DO YOU THINK THESE TYPES OF SERVICES ARE SO ESSENTIAL TO HAVING A SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY?>>I THINK IT’S A CHEAPER OPTION AND I THINK IF SOMETHING WAS TO BE WRONG WITH YOU OR ME, MOST OF US WOULD RATHER STAY AT HOME THAN BE OUT OF OUR HOME OR IN A NURSING HOME OR HOSPITAL OR GROUP HOME. Alex: CERTAINLY. JUST TO HAVE THE ATTENTION AND CARE RATHER THAN FEELING LIKE YOU WERE THROWN SOMEWHERE.>>EXACTLY. Alex: YOU HAVE A BIG AGE RANGE OF PEOPLE THAT YOU HELP I WE DO. THAT’S WHY WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT AGE RANGE FOR THE FOLKS WE HIRE. I HAVE SOME FOLKS IN THEIR 80s AND THEY DON’T WANT AN 18 -YEAR-OLD OR 19-YEAR-OLD STAFF HELPING THEM. WHEREAS IF I HAVE A YOUNG BOY WITH AUTISM WHO MIGHT BE 15, HE DOESN’T WANT A 60-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WALKING DOWNTOWN WITH HIM. Alex: THERE ARE REQUIREMENTS YOU HAVE TO HAVE. YOU NEED TO HAVE REQUIREMENTS.>>EXACTLY. YOU HAVE TO BE 18 YEARS OF AGE IN WHICH TO APPLY. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CAR. THAT IS CRITICAL FOR US EVEN IF YOU MIGHT NOT BE DRIVING A CLIMATE WITH YOU, YOU MIGHT NEED TO PICK UP MEDICATIONS OR GO SHOPPING WITH THEM. YOU NEED TO PASS A FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE. WE DO IT AT THE OFFICE, BUT IT’S AN FBI BACKGROUND CHECK. YOU NEED TO PASS REFERENCES AND CHILD PROTECTIVE AND ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES BACKGROUND CHECK. Alex: YOU DON’T HAVE TO NECESSARILY HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE.>>WE HAVE EXCELLENT TRAINING. NOT ONLY DO WE TRAIN OUR STAFF, BUT TEN OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN TOWN. PEOPLE COME IN AND LEARN FIRST AID AND CPR WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW. THEY HAVE ARTICLE 9, WHICH IS SORT OF A STATE LICENSING PROGRAM THEY HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT. WE DO THINGS AROUND CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK AROUND THEIR HOME AND HOW TO DO YOUR JOB SAFELY HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BACK WHEN YOU ARE LIFTING SOMEONE. Alex: TO KNOW CPR FOR YOUR OWN LIFE, TO GET THAT TRAINING WILL BE INPISPENSABLE AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE.>>WE ARE LOOKING FOR FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME AND ALWAYS SEASONAL. Alex: I AM SURE THERE ARE HOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR PEOPLE? THEY HAVE TO BE AVAILABLE CERTAIN TIMES OF THE DAY?>>ACTUALLY, WE PROVIDE 24-HOUR CARE FOR FOLKS TO KEEP THEM HOME I HAVE SOME FOLKS THAT JUST WORK WEEKENDS OR EVENINGS. Alex: IT’S VERY FLEXIBLE.>>VERY FLEXIBLE. Alex: I AM SURE THERE’S A LOT OF AREAS AROUND TOWN YOU NEED HELP?>>WE ARE IN GREEN VALLEY AND TUCSON AREA. WE HAVE A BIG NEED IN THE NORTHWEST SIDE AND ALSO IN THE SOUTHWEST SIDE. THEY SEEM TO BE CHALLENGING AREAS FOR US. Alex: YOU HAVE A CENTRAL ALSO AS WELL?>>WILLIAMS CENTER AT BROADWAY. THAT’S WHERE OUR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES ARE AND THAT’S WHERE PEOPLE COME IN FOR INTERVIEWS AND WHERE THE TRAINING OCCURS. Alex: PEOPLE SAY I AM GOING TO GET A NEW JOB AND HAVE A NEW CAREER, WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS DO I GET?>>SO IF THEY COME IN AND WORK FULL-TIME, WHICH IS 30 HOURS OR MORE, THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR HEALTH CARE. WE HAVE FOUR DIFFERENT PLANS TO CHOOSE FROM. WE HAVE PAID TIME OFF FOR PART-TIME PEOPLE AS WELL AS FULL-TIME PEOPLE NOW AND YOU GET GREAT TRAINING. Alex: PEOPLE PROBABLY HAVE GREAT THINGS TO SAY ONCE THEY GO THROUGH THIS TRAINING AND WORK WITH YOU GUYS.>>THE FEEDBACK IS THEY FEEL THEY ARE IMPORTANT. THEY FEEL THE WORK THEY DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE. Alex: ON THE FLIP SIDE… THE CLIENTS, WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT HOW HAVING THIS SERVICE MAKES THEM FEEL?>>IT ENABLES THEM TO REMAIN AT HOME. IF SOMEONE HAS A MEDICAL ISSUE AND CAN’T TAKE THEIR TRASH OUT OR DO THEIR DISHES, THEIR HOME CAN GO DOWNHILL VERY QUICKLY. HAVING SOMEONE COME IN TO DO THOSE THINGS HELPS THEM TO STAY HOME. Alex: IT’S ABOUT HAVING A HIGHER CALLING. YOU GO HELP THESE PEOPLE. IT’S SUCH AN INCREDIBLE THING.>>IF YOU HAVE A BIG HEART AND YOU WANT TO COME IN AND LEARN THE TRAINING THAT WE HAVE AND BE A VALUED MEMBER OF OUR TEAM, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU. YOU COULD COME IN TODAY AND WE WOULD INTERVIEW YOU TODAY BEFORE YOU LEFT. Alex: IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB THAT MAKES YOU FEEL REAL IMPORTANT, THAT’S A HUGE THING TO DO.

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