Peer Specialist - Safe Haven

Swords to Plowshares: A Veterans Rights Organization, San Francisco, CA

Published 27 days ago

About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at:

Job Title  

Peer Specialist – Safe Haven 


Fairfax Hotel, 420 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109 

Employment Type 

Full Time, Non-Exempt 


40 hours. Negotiable schedule. 


This position is responsible for providing supportive services to veterans in the Safe Haven program in residence at the Fairfax Hotel, located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The key aspects of this position include supporting the achievement of resident goals, peer support and resident advocacy, both on site and in the community. The responsibilities include monitoring the activities of residents during and after regular hours, responding to emergencies, completing appropriate documentation (including incident reports, progress notes and log book entries), processing intakes, providing backup support for the day time program monitor during regular business hours, acting as secondary weekend program monitor, facilitating groups and working with daytime treatment staff to support veterans’ goal achievement and identify challenges.  



  • Provide peer counseling, referrals, and advocacy to formerly homeless, chronically mentally ill, dually and triply diagnosed veterans 
  • Facilitate weekly peer process groups  
  • Facilitate/monitor group recreational activities, some after regular program hours 
  • Transport veterans to and from their appointments as needed using company van 
  • Assist with follow up and monitoring of residents 
  • Monitor and engage residents after regular program hours to respond to, assess, or report any identified issues requiring attention 
  • Act as secondary program monitor during weekend hours 
  • Data entry and record management 
  • Accompany veterans during recreational activities and outings 
  • Process intakes for incoming veterans 
  • Communicate effectively with daytime treatment staff to ensure the well-being of residents 
  • Develop and maintain effective interface with community resources for advocacy and linkage to services assisting residents in achieving stated goals 
  • Respond to emergencies including incident reports, log book entries and the notification of supervisory staff 
  • Attend required meetings and submit reports in a timely manner 
  • Attend mandatory STP trainings 
  • Perform other related duties assigned  




  • High School Diploma 


  • Experience in a treatment environment of veterans with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders 
  • Experience facilitating or participating in process groups and in areas of dual and triple diagnosis, life skills and substance abuse issues with a harm reduction focus 
  • Experience in crisis intervention  
  • Translatable military experience and skills may be alternatively substituted 


  • Valid California Driver’s license and clean DMV driving record 
  • A working understanding of the readjustment problems of veterans, mental health, alcohol and other drug dependencies and homelessness 
  • Must be able to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation 
  • Must have ability to walk up and down stairs 
  • Ability to pass food handler’s certification after hire 
  • CPR certified or ability to pass CPR certification after hire 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative 


  • Ability to engage clients while maintaining appropriate boundaries 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member 
  • Written and oral communication skills 
  • Computer literacy 


Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits: 

  • Excellent medical and dental packages 
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution 
  • 17 vacation days in the first year 
  • 12 holidays every year 
  • Wellness program 

About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and…

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  • Full Time Schedule


San Francisco, CA

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