Relief Residential Worker – more than 1 required (union position)

July 9, 2024
Toronto, ON
Job Type
Ministry Unit/Dept:
Islington Senior’s Shelter
Salary Range:
$22.80 per hour
2671 Islington Ave
Posting Expires:
July 22, 2024
Applications Accepted By:
Cassie Anderson:


To work with the Residential Supervisor in supporting the shelter in achieving its vision of Housing, Outcomes, Mission and Excellence (HOME) by providing outstanding, client centered service in ways that are aligned with The Salvations Army’s core values and Housing First.

Residential Workers are responsible for the day to day administration of client services to shelter clients including admitting clients, completing a comprehensive intake process including the Triage, monitoring clients in the shelter, proving appropriate supports and referrals, support shelter programming and perform some program administrative duties as well as seeing that all specific shift responsibilities are carried out.


Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Admit and discharge as required
  • Facilitate intake and Triage processes for clients by completing an intake interview in a private space, collecting required information to determine level of service need
  • Provide appropriate information and resources, orient residents to hostel regulations and schedules as well as all available services during the intake process
  • Ensure resident admission and discharge information is recorded in appropriate places
  • Assist with supervision of clients
  • Provide practical and emotional support, assistance and encouragement to clients
  • Perform all necessary clerical duties for documentation, including SMIS, Hostel Registry, Triage, log book entries, and all other required forms
  • Make necessary internal referrals to case management department or pastoral care
  • Make necessary/appropriate external referrals to community resources to assist clients in meeting their basic needs and assist in moving towards housing and housing stability
  • Support clients in securing identification and completing taxes and gaining income as identified on the Intake Triage
  • Monitor the length of stay of clients and notify case management team of significant stays and/or changes in client behaviors that may require greater support
  • Support Level 1 clients in navigating basic social service supports
  • Sort and process resident mail on a daily basis, stamp and distribute all mail; redirect all mail for residents who are no longer at shelter
  • Report all building problems to the Assistant Director or designate
  • Ensure all donations received after business hours are received and processed according to policy
  • Ensure that all telephone calls are dealt with professionally and appropriately
  • Support clients in following agency rules and expectations consistently
    • Address concerns that arise due to infractions of rules by clients in ways that are consistent with Toronto Hostel Standards, The Salvation Army policies and procedures with compassionate, and in a non-judgmental and client centered manner
  • Arrange for wake-up calls for residents who request them
  • Night shifts are responsible for bed checks; to document all necessary ‘Beds Not Used’
  • Be awake during entire shift as aligned with Toronto Shelter Standards
  • Store and properly document belongings of clients who have booked out
  • Make regular rounds throughout building; including walking through the dormitory and bathrooms on all shifts as outlined in shift duties
  • Maintain a clean a welcoming atmosphere
  • Assist in serving meals as required
  • To perform all other related duties as required by management


This is a casual relief position with no guaranteed hours. Flexibility in scheduling is required. The work schedule is determined in consultation with your supervisor and may vary according to requirements of responsibility. Applicable shifts include a ½ hour paid meal break.



  • Minimum of a 2-year college diploma in social sciences field, preferably as a social worker or social service worker
  • Certification in CPR/First Aid and Crisis Intervention, Applied Suicide Intervention training an asset
  • Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered


  •  Minimum one year experience working in residential settings and/or completed practicum experience  working with Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports shelter
  •   Knowledge, experience understanding and compassion for working with people experiencing     homelessness, addictions, mental health and trauma
  •   Valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License and a current copy of a Driver’s abstract for review and verification that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, an asset


  • Computer and clerical skills
  •   Fluent in written and spoken English. a second language is an asset
  •   Ability to function as a team member
  •   Possess excellent problem-solving skills
  • Participate in our online Armatus Abuse Training and Health and Safety training required upon hiring, as well as updated annually
  • Ability to undergo applicable screening and background checks successfully that are satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion (i.e., The Salvation Army Abuse Registry) and provide an original copy of a Background Check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Ability and willingness to develop an understanding and support for the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada and its implications as related to position responsibilities



OPSEU represented employees at the Islington Seniors Shelter have priority over all other



The Salvation Army offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process.  If you are contacted to participate in an interview or screening process, please advise us if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

You must advise your managing supervisor of your intentions prior to submitting your application.


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