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March 26, 2014

In cooperation with the London & Middlesex Housing Corporation and London CAReS, Addiction Services of Thames Valley is hiring a Housing Stability Worker to support individuals exiting emergency shelters and into London & Middlesex Housing Corporation unit to achieve improved housing stability. London CAReS is a collaborative response aimed at improving the health outcomes of individuals experiencing homelessness. London’s model is based on rapid re-housing with supports that have been successfully used in Hostels to Homes, Street to Homes and other housing-first approaches.

POSITION: London CAReS Housing Stability Worker
HOURS PER WEEK: 35 hours. Schedules will vary according to program needs and will include days, weekends and evenings. Participation in the on-call 24 hour responses is required.
SALARY: $40,000/annum plus entitlement to benefits after 3 month eligibility period
START DATE: April 28th, 2014 or earlier subject to availability (permanent position)

APPLICATION INFORMATION: All interested applicants are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to the London CAReS Managing Director no later than April 11th, 2014 at 4pm. Applications can be submitted via email at Please include in the subject line the position you are applying for.

Please be prepared to demonstrate the specific skills and knowledge of the position requirements at the interviews to be scheduled. Please note any specific experience you have in working with veterans, individuals experiencing homelessness addictions and mental health.

Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.

POSITION DESCRIPTION - London CAReS Housing Stability Worker

Position Summary
The London CAReS Housing Stability Worker will establish and maintain relationships with ten London & Middlesex Housing Corporation tenants who have experienced homelessness with a focus on supporting them to achieve housing stability. The Housing Stability Worker will offer intensive, ongoing support, as directed by the needs of the participant, which will most often be at their home, connecting them to other services and assisting to transition into their housing and communities. The Housing Stability Worker shall report to the London CAReS Coordinator and the Executive Director of Addiction Services of Thames Valley.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Housing Stability Worker primary role is identified, but not limited to:

· Provide intensive case management including regular, continuous contact with the participant for a minimum of one year;
· Apply documented, structured case planning with identified goals to ensure participant interactions have objectives and are outcome oriented;
· Work cooperatively with the London CAReS funded agencies, the London & Middlesex Housing Corporation, and other supports involved with the participants ongoing care.
· Broker and advocate with other system elements, accompany clients to appointments, provide proactive crisis planning, organize meaningful daily activity opportunities, liaise with Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program;
· Connect the participant with appropriate services or supports based on their needs, including physical healthcare, mental healthcare, addiction services, trauma services, vocational assessment and training, employment, volunteer and social-recreational opportunities;
· Facilitate community integration and linkages to “mainstream” community resources (libraries, community centres, recreation, etc.);
· Connect participants to other long or short-term formal and informal supports;
· Prepare and plan for “homelessness proofing” and re-housing. Includes recognizing and averting indicators that may de-stabilize a participants housing and focus on what worked when re-housing a participant;
· Apply a collaborative approach to case planning and record keeping. Collect and record demographic information and maintain detailed case notes, case management plans and contact lists of involved supports and community services using the integrated data management program;
· Provide comprehensive quarterly project reports;
· Able to maintain a project budget;
· Provide public presentations to community service providers;
· Support landlords as necessary in conjunction with the Housing Selection Worker and the participant;
· Provide after-hours support as scheduled;
· Participate in London CAReS team meetings;
· Alert the London CAReS Coordinator or designate of information that could affect the safety and well-being of street involved individuals including bad drugs, dangerous offenders or predators; and
· Maintain a regular caseload of 10 participants for the duration of the project


· Completed post-secondary education in social services or related field and a minimum 2 years work experience in addictions and mental health.
· Considerable experience addressing the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness including developing and implementing successful case management plans;
· Advanced skills to enhance participant motivation in order to make and follow through on decisions related to treatment, stability and wellness;
· Experience in assisting persons living with addictions, mental health, psycho/social/physical, educational, emotional and/or environmental concerns in a social service setting;
· Understanding of community agencies and a cross section of service providers;
· Knowledge of services to support this population and an ability to provide participant advocacy and proactive participant planning with other system elements;
· Experience with ongoing evaluation of complex case management or treatment plans, engaging with the participant and other resources in adjusting the plan, as appropriate;
· Experience with conflict resolution practices including "in the moment" problem solving and intervention.; and
· Satisfactory Police Records Check and Vulnerable Positions Screening

March 7, 2014

Empty Bowls

Please JOIN US to support the food programs at RHAC.

Make your reservation today!

March 6, 2014

Please join us at the annual South West Opening Doors Conference.

Register today here:

Keynote address presented by: David Hoe, President of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

See more details below in poster:


February 10, 2014

RHAC is Closed Monday February 17 for the Statutory Holiday.

November 1, 2013

Brewing up Love and Support
Our good friends at Fire Roasted Coffee have created a signature coffee and chocolate bar that is available for the month of November but most important for AIDS Awareness Week, November 25th - 30th.
One dollar of each ½ and whole pound of the special blend coffee and each special chocolate bar goes to help us provide services.

Start thinking now about ways you could use either the coffee or chocolate, or both as gifts that would “keep on giving”, as a portion of the sales will help us support programs and services here at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. Presently 80% of people who use our services live in poverty. These individuals are at risk of losing housing, food security and health without access to the services funded by people like you.

A) A great hostess gift for holiday events
B) Lovely gift of appreciation for your staff team or friends
C) Great stocking stuffer
D) Treat yourself … keep in your private “ survival stash” drawer

Thanks Fire Roasted Coffee and Habitual Chocolate! Note: We also have donation jars at each location, so if folks just want to drop something in as they get their cup of coffee… they can.

August 26, 2013

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection will be closed Wednesday August 28 for Staff Development.
We will re-open on Thursday August 29th
Needle Syringe Program Services are available at the Middlesex London Health Unit located @ 50 King St. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We apologize for the inconvenience
Brian Lester
Executive Director

August 7, 2013

Red Scarf Project – Call for Knitters!

Following the huge success of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection’s inaugural launch of the Red Scarf Project, we are once again hoping to collect approximately 400 red scarves made by talented community members to use during AIDS Awareness Week, November 25-December 1, 2013. Once again we will be creating a public awareness installation in downtown London using the scarves, while a group of individuals does a similar installation in Stratford.
Each scarf will include an information card that explains the significance of the red ribbon and the ongoing issues related to HIV/AIDS locally. People will be encouraged to take the scarves home and any remaining pieces will be gathered and given out to RHAC service users.
We kindly request that scarves are to be knit or crocheted using red yarn to approximately 6 inches X 60 inches (15 cm X 150 cm). If you have the capacity to purchase your own yarn as a donation to this project, please do. If you cannot afford to purchase you own yarn, we will provide yarn. Just contact Sue Brooks or Meredith Fraser at 519-434-1601 or call toll free 1-866-920-1601. Please have your generous donation of scarves completed and dropped off to Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, 186 King Street in London, by November 12th at the latest but the sooner the better! This will help us know where we are against our target of 400.

Dust off those knitting needles and join in the fun!
P.S. If you’re like some of us and can’t knit to save your life, consider donating some red yarn or volunteering to help distribute these treasures.

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
#30 – 186 King Street
London, Ontario N6A 1C7
Tel: 519-434-1601
Fax: 519-434-1843

July 9, 2013

Annual General Meeting
5:45-8:30 p.m.

Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive

WHEN: Thursday, September 5, 2012
Reception and refreshments 5:45 p.m.
Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Birch Room, Civic Garden Complex
625 Springbank Drive, London N6A 4H1

Dear Friend of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection;

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection will be held on September 5 at the Civic Garden Complex on the edge of beautiful Springbank Park in London. Please join us for socializing and light refreshments beginning at 5:45 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
At the meeting we will be sharing with our members, working partners and the public some of the highlights of 2012-13.
Planning for the AGM is still in progress, but we will induct another deserving member to the Honour Role and remember, honour and celebrate the lives of those lost to and those living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs).

On September 5, members eligible to vote will elect the next Board of Directors to guide the important work of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. Even if you are unable to join us at the AGM, we invite you to become a member and formalize your support of RHAC’s work.

Access a membership form for 2012-2013. Please note below the deadline for membership submissions to ensure eligibility to vote at the AGM and to where they should be sent:
• Deadline for membership: Monday, August 5 (30 days before the AGM)
• Where to send your application #30-186 King St., London ON, N6A 1C7

Come early to meet staff and board members, and learn about some of our new offerings and plans.
We look forward to seeing you there!

July 9, 2013

Come and visit us at Victoria Park from July 26-28 to celebrate PRIDE London!

RHAC will have a booth for you to come & visit with information, resources, safe sex kits & friendly smiles.
Come & join us in celebrating this annual festival.

Visit the Pride London Festival for more information:

June 11, 2013

Dear Community Supporter.

This is to advise that the email system for RHAC was not functioning from Friday, June 7 at 3:00 pm until Monday, June 10 at 3:00 pm. We have been advised that any email sent to us within this time frame will not be received.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.