Job Title: Relief Advocate

Organization Location: Northern Rhode Island

Schedule: Hours will vary, depending on schedule; nights and weekends

Rate of Pay:  $11 an hour

Reports to: Safe House Coordinator

BASIC FUNCTION: Sojourner House, a domestic violence agency that serves Providence and northern Rhode Island, seeks additional Relief Advocates who will assist the residential program.  Relief Advocates will fill in for shifts when they become available, which generally will be nights and weekends.

Relief Advocates will be responsible for assisting with the operations of the Sojourner House residential program and the agency’s helpline, creating an atmosphere of advocacy where guests are able to heal and redirect their lives.


  • Maintain a safe and secure environment at the shelter facility.
  • Provide all temporary guests of the shelter with the support and assistance they need including emotional support, education on domestic violence, in adjusting to their new environment.
  • Answer the helpline by providing crisis intervention, emotional support, and referral information to clients.
  • Perform intake interviews and refer cases to full-time case managers if the shelter is the appropriate place for the client.  If so, orient the client to the facility.  If not, direct the client to the appropriate services available to them.
  • Support clients to secure basic needs: food, clothing, safety, transportation, education, etc.  Support their work towards their personal goals.
  • Assist in data collection, file maintenance, and data entry and requested.
  • Support guests to follow shelter rules and procedures, creating an environment of trust and community.
  • Assist in the cleaning and maintenance of the facility as needed.
  • Maintain communication with other shelter staff.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or as required.

EDUCATION:   Associate degree or equivalent experience

EXPERIENCE:   Two to three years in human services, domestic violence experience preferred


  • Must be organized and demonstrate superior leadership skills
  • Bilingual preferred
  • Computer literate in spreadsheet and word processing
  • Reliability
  • Must pass BCI


TO APPLY:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to Heather Martin-Thomas at hmartin at  Sojourner House is an equal opportunity employer.