Peer Support Specialist - Veteran's Program
Company: Central City Concern
Posted on: September 24, 2022
Since 1979, the Portland community has trusted Central City
Concern (CCC) to help people create meaningful, long-term change.
Every year, we serve more than 13,000 people experiencing or at
risk of homelessness with affordable and supportive housing,
person-centered health care, addiction recovery and employment
assistance. By providing health care, housing and jobs, CCC is
ending homelessness in Portland and helping people achieve their
CCC's Veterans Grant and Per Diem Program is seeking a Peer Support
Specialist to join our team!
Schedule: Wednesday - Saturday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.
This position supports formerly homeless Veterans who participate
in the Veterans Grant & Per Diem transitional housing program. The
Peer Support Specialist will work closely with clients, case
managers, as well as other service providers to coordinate services
and ensure ongoing support of program participants as they work
toward the program goals. The Peer Support Specialist will act to
support the stability of individuals within the program, is
familiar with resources for Veterans such as benefits and
entitlements, alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment,
and housing. The Peer Support Specialist can be effective working
independently, as a member of a team, and as a part of a larger
The Successful Candidate:
You are a skilled relationship-builder and can partner
collaboratively with internal care teams and outreach partners to
ensure clients are receiving the care they need. You are passionate
about ensuring your relationships with clients and program staff
are strong and built on trust. You are able to learn how to
intervene in crises in a clinically and culturally appropriate way.
You are able to consider the impacts of structural racism,
oppression, and individual bias when making decisions.
Duties to Include:
Assist Veterans in working toward the program goals of income
enhancement, seeking permanent housing, and developing
Exemplify recovery and self-sufficiency principles in order to show
by example that self-reliance in a clean and sober setting is
possible and attainable. Share your own recovery and
self-sufficiency story as appropriate.
Work with peers on specific objectives in conjunction with their
case manager and the Veteran's Individual Service Plan.
Attend and positively participate in required team, agency, and
Coordinate and consult with other team members to keep team
informed of issues and progress of each Veteran.
Collaborate with community resource agencies to remove barriers,
provide intervention and make referrals for issues facing Veterans
in a variety of areas.
Educate Veteran about employment assistance options,
service/non-service connected and social security benefits, and
community engagement opportunities.
Document all peer contact at time of service.
Provide ongoing individual support and encouragement to Veterans
and give feedback regarding Quarterly Reviews Plans.
Work with internal and VA service providers to assure coordinated
and streamlined services.
Support clients in achieving housing stability, including, but not
limited to assistance with moving in, obtaining linens, dishes,
food boxes, and clothing.
Support clients in establishing community integration, including,
but not limited to accessing recovery meetings, faith-based
support, clean and sober recreation, etc., in their
Facilitate activity groups, workshops, and social activities in the
Assist in developing skills with public transportation as
Certified Recovery Mentor or Peer Support Specialist prior to
start. Must be registered with the Traditional Health Worker
registry prior to start.
Knowledge of veteran specific services available in the local
Flexible work schedule required, including some evening and weekend
Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, TB test, and background
Physical ability to bend, stoop, kneel, squat, twist, reach, pull
and lift heavy objects.
Must be able to climb stairs several times a day.
Must possess a current driver's license, pass a DMV background
check and be designated an "acceptable" driver as outlined in
Central City Concern's Fleet Safety Policy. Must pass an initial
drivers training within 60 days of being an approved driver and
continued recertification training.
Central City Concern offers an incredible benefits package to our
Generous paid time off plan beginning at 4 weeks per year at the
time of hire. Accrual increases with longevity.
Amazing 403(b) Retirement Savings plan with an employer match of
4.25% in your 1st year, 6% in the 2nd year, and 8% in your 3rd
10 paid Holidays PLUS 2 Personal Holidays to be used at the
Comprehensive Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance coverage.
Employer Paid Life, Short Term Disability, AND Long Term Disability
Sabbatical Program offering extended time off at years 7, 14 and
Central City Concern is a second chance employer and complies with
applicable laws regarding consideration of criminal background for
employment purposes. Government regulations, contractual
requirements, or the duties of this particular job may require CCC
to conduct a background check and take appropriate action to
address prior criminal convictions.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner
discriminate against employees or applicants because they have
inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of
another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access
to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as
a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of
other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise
have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is
(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance
of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an
investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the
contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
Associated topics: community participating, community service,
coordinator, event organizer, liaison, priest, program,
representative, staff, supportive service
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