1217 6th Ave
Plymouth Healing Communities (PHC) is a non-profit, supportive housing agency that provides resident-centered property management and community support to 46 individuals in seven properties around the Seattle area. In 2001, PHC was founded to address the devastating cycles of hospitalization and homelessness for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The House of Healing opened that year as the heart of PHC programming by establishing a model of companionship and solidarity that offers a safe, caring home with a holistic, human approach to recovery and wellness for individuals transitioning from inpatient mental health treatment and/or homelessness to permanent housing.
The model of companionship is a way of building supportive relationships grounded in authenticity, compassion, and empowerment. The role of companionship is to find strength in shared connections, celebrate unique gifts, and walk alongside someone in their personal journey of recovery. We know that opportunities for healing take place when we are each shown the genuine care, love, and respect we deserve. As the organization has grown, companionship has been vital to fostering a sense of home and community that honors all residents.
Hofmann House is one of four properties located in north Beacon Hill that collectively make up a local community of 26 individuals. Since 2005, Hofmann House has operated as a six-bedroom home for individuals with a history of homelessness who are actively receiving supportive services through Harborview’s outpatient mental health program. Introduced in 2016, the residential staff position was created to provide additional support for members of the Hofmann community. The Residential Staff lives alongside six residents and participates in the life of the house, building authentic relationships and promoting a supportive living space conducive to personal autonomy, dignity, and healing.
- Be an engaged and active member of the Hofmann House community while building positive and supportive relationships with each resident: offer opportunities to meet or check-in with each resident each month; commit to spending some time in common shared spaces throughout the week to help provide support as needed.
- Foster community: coordinate a weekly shared house meal; plan activities and outings with housemates; collectively determine how to observe holidays and celebrations.
- Communicate with providers: collectively create agendas for monthly Harborview house meetings; connect with the housing case manager as needed to provide support for residents.
- Actively work to diffuse conflict, modeling positive methods for addressing inappropriate behavior. Encourage positive and supportive conversations among housemates.
- Collectively help orient new members of the Hofmann community to the house and neighborhood.
- Participate in PHC’s Companionship Training and ongoing professional development opportunities. Take part in weekly group supervision with other members of residential staff team and engage with bi-monthly supervision with program manager. Participate in PHC’s monthly Programs Committee meeting.
- On a rotating basis, act as on-call support for the four properties on Beacon Hill.
- Residential Staff commits to 10 hours per week of intentional supportive engagement. In addition, we recognize that the Residential Staff person lives in community and that there is additional time spent companioning residents that occurs with spontaneity when sharing space. These everyday moments in a home hold meaning, and we see and honor the time staff spent living life in community – perhaps working on a hobby in a common space, offering someone to come along on a walk or to the store, inviting someone to join in watching TV, doing chores, welcoming someone at the door, or sharing a story over morning coffee. The time simply inhabiting the space is essential to strengthening connection and nurturing an atmosphere of warmth and dependability.
- Compassionate and patient listener who can hold a space of acceptance, validation, empathy, and respect.
- Able to build strong relationships and to connect on a human level.
- Effective communicator, self-reflective, and conscious of personal boundaries.
- Confidence and creativity in collaboratively planning and coordinating events with others.
- Familiarity with methods of conflict de-escalation and non-violent communication.
- Capable of approaching situations with flexibility and a willingness to learn in process.
- Lived experience with housing instability, psychiatric hospitalization, and/or mental illness.
- Experience living and/or working within community housing.
- Fluency with trauma-informed care and harm reduction.
- Commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.
- Current CPR, First Aid, and AED certification
Plymouth Healing Communities is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse working community and encourage all qualified individuals to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
- A rent-free room at Hofmann House with free utilities
- Bus pass
- Health and dental insurance
- $200 monthly stipend
- Professional development and training opportunities
Minimum Education Required