Lydia’s House of Cincinnati, OH is seeking to fill our Live-In Advocate positions to oversee and maintain our main shelter property. We offer two advocate positions, Family and Housing Advocate and the Maternal and Postpartum Advocate. The general duties of each Advocate contains much overlap, but each offer opportunities to specialize either in more traditional case management work or doula/ maternal support through the birth process.

Each Advocate receives a monthly stipend of $500, housing on-site at our Norwood property, all food,  transportation, and a generous self-care allowance. All Lydia’s House community members are encouraged to participate in continuing education opportunities and funding is also available for continuing ed. Advocates should be passionate about engaging in personal and reflective Anti-racism work and living simply. Applications are currently being accepted for an August, 2020 start. To receive more information or the application, please send a letter of inquiry and resume to volunteer@stlydiashouse.org.

Reflections From Former Live-In Advocates: 

“Lydia’s House was an incubator of knowledge and wisdom in my life…. I loved learning people’s stories with depth and complexity and seeing the progress as they worked on things and grew. I watched their growth and also noticed growth within myself as I was able to take time to work on myself.” – Stephanie

“Lydia’s House has become a family to me over the past year. A place where women support women to be our authentic selves, to heal, to set and achieve goals, and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves – a real community…. Life here is chaotic, full and beautiful.” – Elisa

“I came to Lydia’s House after working at an emergency overnight shelter for a year. At the shelter, I sat behind a physical and metaphorical desk and created many barriers between myself and the people I ‘served.’ At Lydia’s House, I learned the incredible, soul-healing value of breaking down that wall. I learned how a community serves itself and each member of it’s extended family, creating something holy and radical, rather than a business transaction. Weeding and scrubbing side-by-side reoriented my former ideas of status, slowly chipping away at my false internalized notions of what makes a person valuable (spoiler alert: we all are). The time I spent investing in home and love as a live-in advocate continues to guide my actions, reminds me why I continue to build relationships with those I once would have built a wall around, and why I fight for justice so that we have a society that doesn’t build walls at all.”             – Rachel