Dale House Project Primary Care Worker


Each year the Dale House Project (DHP) takes in 40-50 at-risk teens. Our core mission is building relationship with teens, many of whom are neglected, abused and abandoned. In short, we do life together with the goal of preparing our residents for a better life. Most kids are referred to us by the Department of Human Services and the Division of Youth Services. Though we are licensed to keep children ages 16 to 21, most of our residents are 17 to 19 years old.

The Dale House community is committed to staff training. Staff learn to work effectively with troubled youth and their families. Twice yearly, June 1 and September 1, four bachelor's degree candidates (two male, two female) are accepted to work as primary care workers for a one-year term.

Position Summary

Provide care work for assigned adolescents, including implementing their treatment plan to include educational goals, obtaining and maintaining a job, developing interests and discovering pro-social activities. Staff work closely with other staff members as a cohesive unit in a community setting. 


Care workers are responsible for supervising the residents 24 hours a day when on duty. Two teams of staff work a rotating schedule (two-on, two-off, alternating full weekend on). Staff are responsible for attending all meetings, in-service trainings and group meetings that occur on weekdays, whether on or off duty.



  • ​Enter general progress notes on a weekly basis.
  • Complete bi-monthly worksheets to be turned in to the office manager on a timely basis.
  • Communicate with the educational/vocational coordinator about school status, progress, homework, emancipation assignments and follow-through with primaries.


  • Meet weekly with your primary residents to discuss weekly treatment issues.
  • Be proactive, creative, engaging with residents when on duty.
  • Interact and communicate with various youth serving agencies, teachers, probation officers, care workers, GAL (guardian ad litem), etc., in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Basic rules and policies are to be carried out with all residents.
  • Create a hospitable, friendly atmosphere for residents and guests alike.

Transitional Apartments

  • Continue supervision of assigned youth while in apartment.
  • Assist the residential supervisor, orient residents to the apartment, including apartment lease, rights and walk through.
  • Coordinate budget, menu planning and shopping with the resident and educational/vocational coordinator.
  • Communicate regularly with residents’ transition specialist regarding residents’ progress and status.


  • Participate in all classes, groups and in-service training sessions designed specifically for primary care workers.
  • Meet bi-monthly with the residential supervisor.


  • Lead devotional times with staff on a rotating, scheduled basis.
  • Speak at the Sunday night family night a minimum of one time in the year.
  • Maintain a role that is consistent with our Christian faith.


  • Team work.  
  • Communicate well with other care workers, including times of decision-making, crisis situations, or when leaving the Dale House Project, etc.
  • Communicate with the on-coming duty shift team regarding: 
    • Residents on restriction and the terms thereof.
    • Residents doing work crew.
    • Residents with special limitations on where they go and who they see.

  • ​Work side-by-side with residents on work crew.
  • Take initiative to keep facilities and grounds clean and in good shape.
  • Communicate regularly with your donors and write fundraising letters several times during the year to reach your annual support raised goal of $12,000.
  • Be involved in the Dale House community.
  • There is a requirement for primary care workers to live in DHP provided housing.


  • Medical, dental and vision coverage.
  • 401 (k) available.
  • Paid vacation, sick leave.
  • Health club benefit.

How To Apply:

Please call the Dale House Project at 719-471-0642 or email kim@dalehouse.org for an application, reference form and job description.

Dale House Project, 7 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903​