Job Title: Part Time Transitional Housing Peer Support Staff
Department: The Life Exchange Center
Reports to: Executive Director/Lead Peer Support
Salary Range: Starting at $10.00-$12.00 per hour for 20 hours Per Week
Life Exchange Center’s Transitional Youth Peer Support Program is designed to offer help and support to five young adults with Mental Illness/Substance Abuse (18 to 24 Years) as they make important life decisions based on mutual respect and personal responsibility. Peer Support focuses on wellness and security rather than on illness and disability.
Five consumers live in a six unit apartment building which has an additional unit to accommodate Peer Support Staff. The service is provided by individuals who have had direct experience living with and overcoming mental health challenges. Peer support workers are employed for the reason that, having used mental health services, they are able to draw upon these experiences in a positive and enlightening way to help and support the residents in the apartment complex, who are commencing their own journey of recovery.
Under the direction of the Lead Peer Support Staff, these staff members are responsible for assisting and empowering young adults develop and implement their goals related to schooling, taking care of their home, work, finances, recreation, and personal relationships. The Peer Support Staff will be available to teach and interact with the residents during meals, while they do their chores, homework, and during free time. In addition, Peer Support Staff are available by phone or on site at night to guide residents on available services in the wake of an emergency or strategies to help deflate potential problems.
Essential Job Duties
- Develop rapport and engage in a non-directive, positive supportive relationship, demonstrating and inspiring hope, trust, and empowerment.
- Work with Transitional Youth Housing residents to acquire permanent housing, employment, and enroll in some form of higher education.
- Ability to motivate residents to improve in areas identified in service plan
- Knowledge and understanding on connecting residents with needed social services agencies and programs
- Ability to recognize signs of decompensation of the residents
- Document and track progress of Transitional Youth Housing residents as they navigate through social service systems
- Inform expose and advocate for residents to participate in available programs and formal/non-formal services and activities.
- Help fellow residents cultivate their independence, self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Explore with residents new options, relationships, feelings, attitudes and rights.
- Teach residents needed life skills and encourage, model, and coach pro-social behaviors and actions.
- Meet with residents in their apartments, in the community, or other settings mutually identified.
- Maintain appropriate positive, respectful, interpersonal relationships with residents, staff, supervisor, peers, volunteers, mental health professionals, and other stake holders.
- Maintain confidentiality of resident’s information.
- Document interactions with and on behalf of residents; including the nature of the situation, strategies used and outcomes
- Report any accidents and incidents to relevant staff and complete appropriate documentation.
- Attend and participate in trainings as required.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- A High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Ability to sensitively work with young adults from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Must have life learned experience as a person with a mental illness who can use his/her recovery journey to help consumers with their recovery process.
- Self-starter who enjoys working independently and as a team member.
- Knowledge or experience accessing local resources such as Housing, Medicaid, etc.
- Reliable transportation preferred; or must be able to independently navigate the public transportation system.
- Two years minimum in the recovery from a Mental Health Process
- Ability to perform basic writing communications, and computer skills.
- Staff should be certified or willing to be certified as a Peer Support Staff.