Tender Mercies, Inc. is dedicated to providing housing and related services to homeless persons with histories of emotional and/or mental disabilities. Tender Mercies serves a racially diverse group of adult men and women suffering from a range of mental health disorders with the majority affected by schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Founded in 1985, the organization maintains affordable permanent and transitional housing that allows residents to live independently. The organization has grown into a small community consisting of six buildings that ~150 individuals call home. Additionally, Tender Mercies works to provide support for their residents by holding meetings about substance abuse, procuring benefits for residents, offering social and recreational activities, and advocating for any additional needs. The Urban Health Project intern provides basic support for the organization while reinforcing their understanding of mental health issues through extensive interaction with the residents. Additionally, the intern works on a number of programs designed to specifically address resident needs. This site is very flexible and intern should be self-driven!
The intern will...
- Gain an enhanced understanding of the issues affecting homeless individuals with histories of mental illness.
- Become aware of community service agencies assisting this population.
- Develop their understanding of mental illness.
- Learn about what residents need in order to improve their overall health.
- Spend the first two weeks assessing the needs, wants, concerns, and interests of residents and the community resources available as well as designing a fitness/health program that will improve the overall health of participating residents.
- Design, plan, and implement programs tailored to the specific needs of persons with histories of mental illness through the use of a model based upon community assets.
- Assist in other duties as needed, including direct surveying, research, program planning, group/activity facilitation, record keeping, and evaluation.
- Facilitate the activities necessary to meet the goals of residents.
- Be available during normal working hours.