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Kairos, 1515, and 1523 consolidated Peer Case Aide

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #215
Thursday, May 9, 2019

THE MISSION OF PROJECT HOME

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.

Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.

Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.

Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.

 

THE VALUES OF PROJECT HOME

The work of Project HOME is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person.

We believe that all persons are entitled to decent, affordable housing and access to quality education, employment, and health care.

We believe in the transformational power of building relationships and community as the ultimate answer to the degradation of homelessness and poverty.

We believe that working to end homelessness and poverty enhances the quality of life for everyone in our community.

We believe that the critical resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission must be managed honorably and professionally.
 

Job Summary: The Peer Case Aide (PCA) is a self-identified person in recovery (“lived experience”) who can relate to others who are now using those behavioral health services to support residents in their recovery, wellness and successful community living.  The PCA will respectfully engage persons in a way that recognizes every person’s recovery process is unique, identifying strengths, supports, and community resources. The PCA will work together with the rest of the residential staff to support residents in achieving their goals, through the use of evidence-based practices, peer support, role modeling, connecting with and using community resources, assisting to build new competencies and similar activities. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Orient new residents to residential sites and neighborhood using orientation process.
  • Along with the residents and supports, design and implement recovery plans in the areas of recovery, health care, money management, education, and employment, which encompass short and long-term goals, action plans, and means for evaluation and revision.
  • Monthly, review and update recovery plan with each resident. Quarterly, review and revise the recovery plan with resident. 
  • Meet individually with residents as needed to address plans and concerns.
  • Assist residents with coordination of benefits and resources. 
  • Support residents in filing for benefits or resolving any issues through DPW, SSA, and unemployment. Refer to BenePhilly when possible.
  • Assist residents in coordination of their team supports, including TCM teams, PRS, and employment services. 
  • Respectfully engage persons in recovery in a way that recognizes every person’s recovery process is unique.
  • Support them in identifying strengths, existing supports, and community resources.
  • Initiate and maintain open communication with outside agencies providing services RE: referrals, client progress/status, aftercare and discharge.
  • Maintain case records and reports, as required in a timely and thorough manner including case notes, quarterly recovery plans, and required assessments. Utilize ETO database for all documentation.
  • Assist residents with activities of daily living (appointments, medical needs, finances, personal hygiene, meals, shopping, laundry, cleanliness of apartment, and adherence to lease and program rules.)
  • Work with residents and supports through crises, assessing the situation and making needed plans/interventions.
  • Become familiar with all emergency procedures.
  • Develop, plan, and organize special activities and celebrations to help build community. 
  • Work with residents to complete annual housing re-certifications.
  • Facilitate cluster meetings
  • Monitor residents’ compliance with taking of prescribed medications, and adhere to all Medication Monitoring protocols.
  • Participate in the following:
    • Monthly resident meetings
    • Weekly team meetings
    • Trainings and continuing education opportunities

 

Minimum Qualifications

·         A high school diploma (or equivalent), higher education preferred

·         Prior experience working with persons with substance abuse and mental health issues

·         Able to engage persons in conversations and develop rapport

·         Must be dedicated to assisting others while fostering their self-esteem and dignity

·         The ability to work well in a team context

·         The ability to conduct assessment interviews

·         Possess good judgment and the ability to appropriately handle confidential & sensitive
information.

·         Knowledge of crisis intervention, de-escalation

·         Driver’s license

 

Preferred Qualifications

·         DBH Peer Specialist Certification is strongly preferred.

·         Experience working with homeless/formerly homeless persons

 

 

Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a drug screen and background checks.

 

Project HOME reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of the duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.

 

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, youth, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.  Join us!  Project HOME has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all staff and applicants for employment.  Employment decisions including, but not limited to, hiring selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, associate programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA