DSP- Residential Program Special Needs

About Keshet

From its core programs for children and adults with intellectual challenges in the Chicago area, to its international consulting work, Keshet serves over 1,000 individuals with disabilities and touches the lives of many more family members, peers, supporters, and other stakeholders around the globe. Keshet’s local leadership, comprised of nearly 100 lay leaders from all walks of life, provide the inspiration, direction, and funding required to fulfill the organization’s mission: to do whatever is necessary to allow individuals with disabilities to achieve their potential.

About the Program

MY Life is Keshet’s residential program.  It is designed to allow residents to become fully active members of the community in a warm and caring home that promotes independence and a meaningful life. After many years of planning, MY Life was specifically designed to allow individuals to succeed with the support they need. The program is located near employment opportunities, shopping, transportation, recreation, and places of worship. Staff work to provide appropriate support to enable community involvement among residents. Each resident has choices for participation in community activities. Just as all of us have choices in life, MY Life allows residents to have the same opportunities.

Position Summary

Life Coaches are responsible for the delivery of direct support services to MY Life residents in a manner that respects the residents' needs and enhances their independence and dignity within their environment.

Hours: Shifts are 2pm-9pm, 9pm-9am, M-F, Sat, sunday day hours and overnights PT and FT

Duties Include but are not limited to:

  • Provide assistance, support and supervision in the learning of residential skills including cooking, menu planning, banking, laundry, grocery shopping, purchasing of personal items and clothing, housekeeping, personal hygiene, recreation and other appropriate skills related to increased independent living and life skills
  • Maintain an environment in which relationships may develop and in which men and women are actively offered assistance with problems and concerns
  • Maintain an environment in which the men and women are given opportunities for decision making
  • Assist residents in the the planning of and participation in social, recreational and educational activities, both within the My Life facility and the greater community.
  • Documents services provided to residents and resident progress as part of the evaluation system.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings and other staff inservices as scheduled.
  • Maintain consistency in all areas by continuing good communication systems with other staff by reading log books, administrative memos, staff meeting minutes
  • Teach, mentor and help develop continued growth according to goals
  • Light housekeeping of the common areas
  • Provide information, reports and updates to parents or guardians on their resident on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
  • Represent My Life at various meetings, events and collaborations


Must be at least 21 years old

Valid Driver’s License

CPR & First Aid

DSP Training

Valid Drive’s License

Medication class


Bachelors in Business, Rehabilitation, Special Education or a related field


Two years of work experience assisting people with disabilities in the community or in a relevant field


Skills Required:

  •  Strong critical thinking & analytical skills.
  • Exceptional teaching and organizational skills
  • Ability to relate to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Self-directed but willing to work in a team orientation setting.
  • Understands & demonstrates ethical behavior & practices.
  • Ability to build & maintain positive working relationships w/ others.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Creativity/innovation.
  • Patient, reliable, compassionate, able to work independently and adaptable. 
  • Ability to prepare written reports using proper punctuation, spelling and grammar
  • Work cooperatively & effectively w/ others to set goals, resolve problems & make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Problem Solving – assess problem situations to identify causes, gather & process relevant information, generate possible solutions & make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Adaptability – demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness & efficiency.
  • Be respectful & follow Jewish culture & guidelines set forth in personnel manual. 
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • Proficient computer skills 
  • Ability to represent program participants and program services in a professional manner
  • Physically assist people to perform various tasks (i.e. getting materials from a backpack, type a resume, etc.)
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