Do you believe that one person can make a difference? Do you believe that everyone has the right to participate fully in community life? Do you believe that everyone is entitled to respect, dignity, and freedom?

Then you’ll fit right in at Hope House. Our staff is passionate about what we believe to be the last great fight for civil rights: The right of people with disabilities to full inclusion in the community, and the right to live in one’s own home or apartment, rather than living with a group of people just because they have the same diagnosis.

Simple things, like choosing when to eat dinner, what to wear, or when to go to bed, are the first steps in determining one’s own destiny. But some people may need a little help reaching that goal. And that’s where you come in.


What are the basic job duties?

You’ll be helping the people we support with the tasks of everyday living, including but not limited to laundry, cooking, budgeting, grocery shopping, community integration, daily life skills, socialization, self-advocacy, home management, medication management, family relations, and in some cases, personal hygiene. Many of the people we support have spent much of their lives in institutions or group homes, where they did not have the opportunity to learn these basic skills or the freedom to live lives of their own choosing.


Is the job physically demanding?

It can be. You may be supporting several people in one day, which can mean a dozen trips up and down the stairs while carrying groceries or a full laundry basket. You may be standing for long periods of time, reaching for overhead items, lifting, bending, stooping, climbing, kneeling, pushing, and pulling. To make sure you can handle the physical demands of the job, you’ll be required to certify that you can lift 50 pounds, and that you can meet this requirement multiple times in one shift.

In addition, employees are required to comply with all of the agency’s safety rules and guidelines and attend all required training. This will help you prevent accidents and injuries to yourself, your co-workers, and the people you support. Safe practices aren’t always the fastest way to get the job done, but they are the best way.


What qualifications do I need?

A high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, and your own vehicle with current insurance. You must be 18 years old, as well as kind, reliable, and dedicated. If you have special skills or training, please let us know. The people we support value consistency in their staff, and request that you commit to the job for a minimum of one year.


How do I apply?

Fill in our online application. You can then fax it to 757.625.7775 or mail it to us at 801 Boush Street, Suite 302, Norfolk, VA 23510. Or you can simply come by our office anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, to complete the application.


How long does the application process take?

Please allow two weeks for an interview to be scheduled. After the interview, expect to wait two weeks while we check your references and complete the paperwork. Once you’ve been hired, you will participate in orientation and training that will help prepare you for your job.


What kind of training do you offer?

We offer training in CPR, first aid, behavioral support, safety practices, understanding disabilities, and medication management. We’ll also explain our agency mission and philosophy in detail. Additional training on a variety of topics related to your work will be provided on an ongoing basis.


What do you pay, and what kind of benefits do you offer?

Part-time wages begin at $11.32 per hour. Full-time wages vary according to position and the length of time you've worked for us. If you're interested in advancing your career, you should know that Hope House has a long tradition of promoting from within. And because we use a participatory management system, you'll be involved with many of the major decisions that affect you.

Want to know more about why Hope House is such a great place to work? We have eight great reasons.