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Sacred Heart Peer Support Specialist

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #195
Tuesday, March 26, 2019


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 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 Sacred Heart Peer Specialist is a person who is walking the path of recovery and through that journey is employed to provide comprehensive support and guidance to people transitioning from the street including ADL skills and/or withdraw management to the program. Peer specialist staff offer one-on-one meetings and strive to empower individuals to connect their hopes, dreams and goals around their personal recovery journey. They assist individuals to navigate the array of services offered. Peers specialists utilize evidence based interventions and groups to empower residents to make informed choices while increasing their recovery capital and natural supports. Lite housekeeping as required.


Part Time and On Call Shifts available.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide initial support and engagement to new residents to assist them in transitioning from the streets and/ or Withdraw management to establish a sense of trust and well-being.
  • Work with the resident around program orientation especially self- guided journals and other intake paperwork.
  • Escort and support residents in attending appointments, 12 support meetings and other therapeutic activities outside of their outpatient programs and Mat groups as needed.
  • Utilize your experience of recovery to model and provide on-going intentional support around addiction, drug use and early help minimize individual fears around failure and self-doubt.
  • Work within the core team to support, advocate for, provide updates and seek team feedback on assigned individuals.
  • Encourage participants’ involvement in Sacred Heart resources and programming, becoming familiar with each individual’s needs, desires, and the barriers they may be facing.
  • Work with the Resident Services Coordinator and Case Manager to prepare and review weekly materials for on- site group.
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate on site structured skill acquisition groups around recovery, relapse triggers and living life with reduced and/or no drug use.
  • Assist residents on-site with increasing their self-esteem and sense of self-efficacy by supporting them to complete therapeutic work (chores), practice a regular routine of self-care and basic ADL skills.
  • Work with residents to implement goals and desires as outlined on the individual recovery plan.
  • Maintain situational awareness at all times and use de-escalation strategies to maintain a calm and welcoming environment, providing individual and group interventions as needed.
  • Assist and support residents to connect to and navigate community resources, and support clients in linkage meetings as needed around jobs and other social service supports.
  • Facilitate weekly recreation activity group.
  • Monitor resident room checks as required by the shift hours.
  • Collaborate with residents to identify their strengths, natural support and their identified support person(s) to assist them in building recovery capital and community supports.
  • Participate in weekly core team meetings, and in case consultations as needed.
  • Assist and support meal preparation with residents.
  • Medication monitoring and support the organization of the medication room
  • Assisting in organizing linen and clothing closets.
  • Lite housekeeping as it relates to room/bed preparation during intake/discharge.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Lived experience as a person in recovery from substance use disorders and/or mental illness with a strong sense of empathy, support and knowledge.
  • Experience in the social service system and the homeless provider network; working knowledge of the drug and alcohol treatment system, and/or the behavioral health system.
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and interpret cross-cultural influences in a helpful manner.
  • Excellent listening, communication, collaboration, and teamwork skills.
  • Understanding of and respect for each individual’s unique path to recovery.
  • Personal commitment to recovery and empowerment.
  • Good computer skills, preferably experience with electronic recordkeeping and familiarity with Outlook.
  • Ability to deal effectively with denial and opposition to any facet of recovery.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Peer Certification (CPS or CRS)
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English
  • Valid Driver’s License



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.


Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA