Sharing hope. Changing lives.

Blue Water Safe Horizons is dedicated to supporting survivors, and maintaining a strong, stable organization.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, or national origin, color, sex, immigration status, age, religion, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Blue Water Safe Horizons is currently hiring for the role of ELDER ADVOCATE

Elder Advocate: Job Details

From $14 an hour
Job Type


Dental insurance
Flexible schedule
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off
Vision insurance

Full Job Description

Elder Advocate

Department: Outreach Job Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Nonexempt Reports To: Outreach Program Director
Amount of Travel Required: 25%

Positions Supervised: None

Work Schedule:
M-F 8am – 4:00pm. Schedule is subject to change to meet operational need with notice. Must be available to work occasional evenings/weekends/on-call as per need of agency.


The Elder Advocate will provide crisis intervention and advocacy services to senior (60+) survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and financial exploitation in St. Clair County. The Elder Advocate will work to respond to the emotional and physical needs of elder survivors of abuse and assist them in securing rights, remedies, and other services from other agencies and intervening when necessary with other agencies/systems to ensure sensitive and effective responses. The Elder Advocate will adhere to the empowerment philosophy of advocacy.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)

  • Implement agency mission and empowerment philosophy.
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a caseload of 10-15 active clients, with the understanding that this can increase at any time.
  • Meet with senior residents of Carolyn’s Place shelter on a weekly basis.
  • Provide case follow-up for senior shelter residents after exit date.
  • Actively listen to each client’s needs and help them develop strengths-based individualized service plans, and regularly monitor and evaluate progress on the goals and activity plans of each participant.
  • Help clients obtain goals including advocacy, transportation, assistance in obtaining childcare, etc.
  • Assess danger of client situation and assist clients with developing a safety plan.
  • Make contact with referred clients within 24-48 hours of referral or next business day.
  • Assist clients in filing for Victim’s Compensation Funds.
  • May occasionally assist with obtaining PPOs (in the absence of the Legal Advocate).
  • Assist clients with participation in Criminal Justice proceedings such as accompaniment to criminal justice offices and court, transportation to court, assistance with post sentencing parole consideration procedures, assistance with victim impact statements, and restitution advocacy on behalf of the client.
  • Act on behalf of the client with other service providers, creditors, or employers; assist the client to recover property that is retained as evidence; help clients to apply for public assistance.
  • Advocate for clients with other agencies and organizations, i.e. APS, MDHHS, CMH, hospitals, etc.
  • Co-facilitate Elder Abuse Support Group.
  • Accurately maintain and document all activity and services provided, ensuring the timely completion of documentation and submitting it by scheduled deadlines.
  • Provide back-up hotline coverage as assigned.
  • Attend case meetings, all-staff meetings and outside trainings when necessary.
  • Serve as a member of the Community Services Coordinating Body (CSCB)’s Elder Abuse Workgroup.
  • Represent the agency at presentations, community functions and events as assigned by program manager.
  • Lead campaign for Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
  • Assure the best possible client utilization of agency services adhering to Blue Water Safe

Horizons policies and contracts with funding sources.

  • Coordinate with staff to provide thorough and consistent services to all clients.
  • Attend all departmental and agency staff meetings, and other meetings deemed necessary by

Blue Water Safe Horizons.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Director.

Competency Statement(s)

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Conflict Resolution – Ability to deal with others in an antagonistic situation.
  • Empathetic – Ability to appreciate and be sensitive to the feelings of others.
  • Honesty / Integrity – Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
  • Judgment – The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.
  • Loyal – The trait of feeling a duty to the employer.
  • Relationship Building – Ability to effectively build relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Responsible – Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct.
  • Tactful – Ability to show consideration for and maintain good relations with others.
  • Tolerance – Ability to work successfully with a variety of people without making judgments.


Education: AA degree from an accredited community college in Human Services required. A Bachelor Degree in psychology, social work, or counseling with professional licensure in the State of Michigan preferred.

Experience: Experience working with elder and/or disabled populations. 1- 2 years’ case management experience with demonstrated initiative and compassion when working with others. Excellent organizational and documentation skills required. Must demonstrate sensitivity to survivors of violence and members of diverse populations, and working knowledge of empowerment, oppression, and violence models. Ability to provide effective and immediate crisis intervention for survivors. Basic understanding of the Criminal Justice System, Crime Victims’ Rights, and empowerment based service delivery.

Have proficiency in general computer operations including MS Operating System, MS Word, MS Publisher and use of MS Outlook and Excel.

Computer Skills: Tele-Health Familiarity, comfort and confidence with technology and start-up culture.

**Tech-savviness is a must**
Comfort and confidence navigating multiple applications such as Ring Central, Google Suite, ZOOM, etc.

Certifications &
All Limited License Bachelor Social Workers (LLBSW), must receive their permanent license (LBSW) within 3 years from the issue date of the original limited/temporary License as published in the State of Michigan LARA system in order to continue their employment.

Must have reliable transportation, insurance, a valid Michigan Driver’s
License and a good driving record, with no restrictions. Must pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

Be empathetic and able to remain calm in a crisis situation. Understanding of empowerment model and its application to survivors of abuse
Public speaking experience.
Must have the ability to work with diverse populations.

Other Requirements:
Exhibits strong interpersonal and administrative skills.
Is dependable, stable, and capable of following through on commitments.
Respects confidentiality.
Exhibits strong team values as well as an ability to work independently
Ability to work flexible hours and in a fast-paced environment.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; stoop or kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


This position operates in a community based environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The work will be performed in the community and at agency based programs.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $14.00 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • Case Management: 1 year (Required)

Shift availability:

  • Day Shift (Required)

Work Location: One location

Please sent resume and letter of interest to: 

Maegan Swecker

C/O Blue Water Safe Horizons

1530 Pine Grove Ave Suite 2

Port Huron, MI