Jessica Blehm

Jessica Blehm

Work History

Work History
Sep 2010 - Present

Recruitment Specialist

TFI Family Services
  • Expanded number of foster homes in western half of Kansas
  • Created and delivered presentations to community groups
  • Developed marketing and outreach materials
  • Advocated for children in the care of the state 
  • Compiled and reviewed initial licensing paperwork for foster families
  • Formed relationships and collaborated with community allies
Jan 2012 - Present

Shelter Coordinator

YWCA Women's Crisis Center
  • Supervise shelter staff and advocates
  • In collaboration with the Director of Client Services and the Outreach Coordinator, implement and evaluateshelter based client services
  • Assist with coordination of donations, volunteers, and community resources necessary for the provision of client services
  • Act as on-call back up for shelter staff
  • Monitor and maintain the shelter facilities
  • Provide direct services (i.e. support groups & crisis counseling)
  • Complete statistical and other reports as directed
Jan 2009 - Sep 2010

District Court Advocate

DUI Victim Center of Kansas
  • Accompanied victims through district court proceedings
  • Provided individual crisis counseling to victims of DUI drivers
  • Facilitated DUI Victim Panel for offender audience 
  • Coordinated services with local law enforcement agencies
  • Referred clients to medical, legal, and financial assistance resources
  • Designed and maintained grant specific statistical database
Oct 2007 - Oct 2009

County Outreach Advocate

Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
  • Accompanied victims during forensic exams and legal proceedings
  • Facilitated support groups
  • Provided individual crisis counseling
  • Structured and implemented rural outreach plan
  • Presented educational programs to community groups
  • Organized local community involvement and fundraising events
  • Served as a volunteer sexual assault advocate from 2002-2007

Education

Education
Jan 2010 - Present

Bachelor of Social Work

Wichita State University
  • Dean's List or Academic Commendation every semester
  • Participated in the Student Organization of Social Work
  • Additional Coursework:  Women in World Religions, Motherhood, Alcohol Use and Abuse, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Bibiotherapy

Summary

I am a BSW student, currently in practicum at the YWCA Women's Crisis Center.   I expect to graduate in May of 2012, and hope to continue to serve women and children who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Additional Training

  • SANE/SART Training
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Course
  • Sexual Assault Advocacy Course
  • PS-MAPP Trainer Course
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

Skills

Skills

Public Speaking

Microsoft Office

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2012 - May 2012

Practicum

Shelter Coordinator
Sep 2011 - Jan 2012

YWCA Women's Crisis Center

Outreach Advocacy