Yellow House Community (YHC) is a family-style intentional living community located in the walkable village of Middlebury, Vermont in a beautiful, historic yellow house. YHC was founded in 2019 and designed to provide adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with safe, residential family households, meaningful vocation, and the assistance needed to continue developing skills, interests, and relationships. Yellow House encourages, supports, and celebrates the unique abilities of every individual. We do so with the intention of providing a meaningful adult life for all of our participants and staff. Our culture is one of deep respect, kindness, love, and fun. YCH is inspired by the Camphill life-sharing community model.
YHC is currently pursuing licensure as a Therapeutic Community Residence (TCR), recognized by the State of Vermont. In preparation for our residential offering (Fall 2020 hopefully), we are running daytime Transition Programming for residential candidates. Programming addresses skills needed to live interdependently in the YHC intentional living community. Our participants (referred to fondly as “Friends”) have diagnoses including Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are seeking compassionate, energetic interns for our Summer Transition Program.
Interns will be part of this entrepreneurial effort and work alongside YHC staff to support a group of 4 - 10 young adults with special needs for programming and community activities including life skills, grocery shopping, cooking, household chores, art, gardening, exercising, and social engagement. Interns will collaborate with the staff to design programming, organize social events, plan fieldtrips, and facilitate opportunities for YHC friends to integrate into the Middlebury community. Daytime transition programming runs from 8:30am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday, with occasional evening or weekend events.
Interns are offered free, onsite housing at 29 Seminary Street in Middlebury. Housing includes all utilities, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and access to a large kitchen. Lunch is provided on program days.
* Ability to perform well in an environment that requires compassion, helpfulness, patience, teamwork, and resourcefulness
* Passion for working with people who are developmentally/intellectually disabled
* No previous education requirement - direct care experience preferred
* Minimum 18 years of age
* CPR certification required (training provided)
* Background Check required (performed by YHC)
We seek interns with special, unique talents to share with our residents, such as music,
agriculture, arts and crafts, sports, cooking, etc.
Students seeking careers in any of the following fields will benefit from this experience:
· Special Education
· Social Work
· Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
· Developmental or Clinical Psychology
· Occupational Therapy
· Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
· Art Therapy
· Adaptive Sports and Physical Education
Regardless of your major, if this opportunity intrigues you and you have some of the qualifications we seek, please consider applying.
This internship is funded with a CCI award of $3,000.00. If you are offered and accept this internship, please be aware that your funding for this position is provided by CCI, and therefore you will be required to complete funded internship paperwork.
Applicants are encouraged to attend the Yellow House Community Information Session on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury to learn more.
Qualified applicants will be invited for an onsite interview at the Yellow House (29 Seminary St., Middlebury).