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Cherish Center

Okoboji, Iowa, United States

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House Parent
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Cherish Center
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Cherish Center is hiring for the position of House Parents at Cherish House. Cherish Center is accepting applications from committed Christian couples to serve in a maternity home for teenage girls. Interested applicants should individually fill out House Parent Application at http://www.cherishcenter.org/#/home/hiring-house-parents  and submit individual resumes by either e-mail or mail to  info@cherishcenter.org or Cherish Center, PO Box 1003 Okoboji, IA 51355. 

Job Description for House Parents at Cherish House



Overview: Cherish House is a ministry of the Cherish Center. Cherish Center is a christian non-denominational, non-profit organization. The House Parents at Cherish House will serve in a full time capacity with a minimum two year commitment. See qualifications of couple and duties of the job below.


House Parents are provided with salary, housing, insurance reimbursement, and vehicle when on duty. Side apartment at Cherish House allows for privacy on days off. Job is 24/7 when on duty. Approximately 9 days per month off duty.




The House Parents will:


a.   have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and history of faithful service, agree to Cherish Center Statement of Faith, and be actively involved in a church.   


b.   be qualified on the basis of their abilities and personal character to work with birthmothers and to serve as part of a team.



c.   be high school graduate with minimum of 2 years college; 4 yr degree preferred.   (Significant experience with youth may be substituted for college.) Additional experience or education in care of adolescents with mental health diagnosis is preferred


d.   be capable of providing leadership and spiritual guidance to each of the birthmothers according to her specific needs.


e.    not be planning to have additional children while in the ministry.


f.     be committed to the sanctity of human life perspective.


g.    be able to provide evidence of financial responsibility and be relatively free of debt.


h.   be capable of maintaining a neutral stance on the question of adoption vs. parenting the child.



i.    complete prior to, or early into employment,  First Aid/CPR and med management classes.


j.    pass criminal background and child abuse checks


k.   be willing to assist in other   areas of the ministry of Cherish Center


l.    (house father) be willing to building a relationship, when appropriate, with birth fathers and assist in providing mentoring relationships for them with other Christian men.


m.   be willing to help develop and implement the programming and  curriculum necessary to help each young mother become all that God has intended for her to be.



2.  Duties

 a.    oversee the operation, labor, and management of the house, and maintain a daily log on each resident, indicating any problems as well as the progress noted;

 b.    implement devotions and Bible studies within the home;


c.     in cooperation with the Client services coordinator and counselor, assist with the care plan for each resident, containing goals and objectives with projected dates of accomplishment involving the resident, the referring agency if relevant, and the family whenever possible;


d.    plan an educational program for each birthmother;


e.   assist birthmother, under the guidance of  the client services coordinator and counselor, to secure necessary funding for health services, such as Title 19, and other community resources.



f.   make all necessary medical appointments for the birthmothers and provide for transportation to these appointments.  (At least one staff member or qualified volunteer will accompany the women);


g.    procure all items necessary for daily living;


h.    plan menus and give instruction in basic food planning/preparation;


i.     maintain a stocked first aid kit in the home;


j.     review weekly with the Counselor the status, progress, and family situation of each birthmother;


k.    organize Cherish House family outings and leisure activities;


l.     present a supportive and loving parent figure, while encouraging birthmother in her relationship with her own family, when appropriate;


m.   attend staff meetings;


n.   work with the Counselor concerning parents/legal guardians and birthfathers of babies, as appropriate


o.  Coordinate and supervise volunteer involvement with the girls: mentoring, special life skill classes, crafts, and other programming as developed and  approved by the Client Services Coordinator or Executive Director.  



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