Q: I’ve never done this kind of work before. How do I know whether it is right for me?
A: Before we hire staff, we schedule a second interview with our individuals. This is an opportunity to meet the people you’d potentially be working with, chat with staff and observe them on duty and gain a better sense of whether the job is right for you. This YouTube video offering a job overview of Direct Support work might also be helpful.
Q: What is training like for new employees?
A: Some training is on-the-job at your assigned location. In addition, we pay for up to 60 hours of training, which may occur at our office, online at the College of Direct Support, or at other agencies. Most training occurs during the day, though we can find some classes evenings and weekends and some of the classes can be taken online. It is extremely helpful if you have some availability during the day to access the new hire classes which require classroom presence.
Q: I’ve seen positions called “Live-In Residential Counselor.” What does this mean?
A: We often have opportunities for employees to live rent-free on premises. While we usually can’t accommodate families, this can be a great situation for singles or occasionally couples. Live-in quarters at minimum consist of a private room and usually include a private, full bath; some arrangements are larger and may include a living area or kitchenette. Students, recent transplants to the DC area and many others have found it helpful to have a free place to live while pursuing other goals or re-establishing themselves after a transition. Live-in positions include free rent, free basic utilities (you pay your own phone, internet, cable, etc.) and free meals when on duty.
of Maryland, Inc.
10408 Montgomery Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
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