RUPCO-RCAL Summer Intern Sorts Data for Deeper Knowledge

John Krom, Sacred Heart UniversityRUPCO welcomes Sacred Heart University junior John Krom as a summer intern addressing issues of poverty in the local area. Krom will work closely with experienced staff in Program Services to help identifying families eligible for the Family Self-sufficiency Program, explore resident population statistics, and determine other demographic data. A recipient of the American Legion Scholarship Award, Krom is also a part of Sacred Heart University’s Junior Achievement group, which focuses on teaching young children the aspects of business and what careers are available to their generation. Krom’s internship is a result of a partnership between RUPCO, RCAL and New York State  Education Department’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES).

Bonnie Dumas, ACCES Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, coordinated the summer work experience. “We hope this opportunity at RUPCO will give John work experience and provide him soft skills in a career field he is interested in.” She sees this as an opportunity for John to gain the workforce experience he needs to transition from college schedules to business structure.

RUPCO oversees paid and unpaid internships each year as part of its commitment to the community. “We believe in providing valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector,” notes Tara Collins, Director of Communications of Resource Development. “In just the last three years, RUPCO has hosted a dozen interns from SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Ulster, Kingston High School, Sacred Heart University and Walden School District. Students gain skills and a resume addition, but the real value comes with their increased knowledge about their communities and how nonprofits support their neighborhoods. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit sector accounted for 11.4 million jobs nationwide in 2013, 10.3% of all private sector employment. That employment number is rising each year. Interning is a valuable experience for future young professionals and helps them understand the mechanics of nonprofit business in general, and RUPCO’s community engagement specifically.”

Hilary Nichols of RCAL is glad John has the opportunity to share his skillset at RUPCO while also being open to learning new skills that will cross connect in other spheres of the workforce. “John will brings a sense of eagerness and a way for people to re-look at their own job so they have a renewed sense of importance. I hope it will bring a sense of satisfaction within the RUPCO agency to have him there. I hope John will gain a sense of what the culture and climate is within an office or business environment so he learns how everyone needs to come together as a team to get things done. He can take what he learns and also apply it to college.”

John Krom and familyKrom’s previous customer service experience will come in handy this summer. A former line cook at Hurley Mountain Inn and waiter for Olivebridge’s County Inn, Krom also assisted with planning and organizing college activities. These jobs have prepared him with organizational skills and attention to tend to customer needs. Along with data entry and demographic research, Krom’s investigative skills will help RUPCO better understand its client base and how to serve them better in the future. Krom hopes that through collaborative work, he can help RUPCO clients and program participants advance to “better living, so people can move on, to lead more independent lives, and to help them save money.”

For Krom, Home Matters because it “shelters and protects you. It’s your sanctuary, and it makes you feel safe.” He emphasizes the importance of having a stable family life within home. “Family is what motivates you to your best. It helps you grow into the best human you could be, and provides a safe environment for you to live in. Family teaches you the foundation of life and pushes you to never give up. Without my family, I don’t know where I would be or where my motivation would come from.”

Kids’ Summer Programs

young white child experimenting with brightly colored paintsStarting July 1, RUPCO’s Program Services is offering two creative programs for resident children.

Lace Mill Kids is open to children ages 3-5 who live at the midtown Kingston community. Children will learn dance and rhythm in a fun and interactive way as a warm-up to activity each day. The group will create a “Lace Mill Kids” mural with different art mediums to commemorate the summer program. The program meets Tuesdays and Thursday from 10am to noon.

A second program, Woodstock Commons Kids, is geared towards children ages 5-13 who live at the intergenerational campus. Children will warm-up with basic acting skills and created a “Woodstock Commons Kids” mural with various materials and art supplies. This session meets from 2-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Summer Program Coordinator Jara Childs oversees both free programs which run for four weeks through the end of July. To register or for more information, email Program Services Supervisor Kim Mapes or call (845) 331-2140 ext. 307.

Care Manager: NY Connects

Social Care Photography, DHThese positions were filled as of January 2016.

The Care Manager provides nonjudgmental, individualized information and assistance to persons of all ages with disabilities regarding Medicaid Long Term Care Services and Supports (LTSS) which provides linkages to programs and/or services that the individual and/or their caregiver qualify for. The Care Manager bridges the gap between client and partners, working collaboratively with agencies and other service representatives to ensure, tot he fullest extent possible, that benefits and entitlements are accessed. This is a 13-month pilot program designed to provide seamless coordination across systems and populations seeking LTSS and provide easier access and understanding.

Responsibilities:

  • Use of online and other questionnaires
  • Collection of preliminary functional and financial information and coordination with other agencies to guide individuals through the eligibility process
  • Guidance with the requirements of application and enrollment assistance for public benefit programs including Medicaid
  • Provision of Person Centered Assistance/Options Counseling
  • Assistance in care transitions
  • Confidentiality

Position Requirements:

  • Must have strong work ethic
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Good interviewing and problem-solving skills
  • Good documentation skills
  • Basic proficiency using computers and web-based systems
  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide services to seniors and disabled clients with patience and compassion
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to communicate, orally and in writing
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to respond to customers in a professional , nonjudgmental an d culturally appropriate manner

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma plus one of the following:

  • Three (3) years paid full-time or its part-time equivalent experience involving work within a health or human services agency, preferably in Ulster County providing customers with information OR
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s degree and one (1) year of experience as defined in (A) above OR
  • Associates degree plus five years relevant experience.  or related disciplineMaintain a clean and safe
  • Any equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above
  • Valid NYS Driver’s license

Salary: $498.75 per week

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2016

Submit notification of interest by email: Kim Mapes, Program Services Manager