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Peer Support Specialist - Sacred Heart Respite

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Project HOME | Philadelphia, PA


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.


 Sacred Heart Peer Support Staff provide a supportive, safe, secure and dignified residence in which individuals can develop a culture of recovery and empowerment within the framework of Project HOME values and our mission.  

Schedules- 36/24/16 hours per pay week and/or on call as needed. Positions vary from full time and part time positions must have the ability and availability to work 12-hour shifts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Interact with residents providing support to ensure their safety and well-being.

·         Monitor security cameras, perform regular rounds and monitor exits to safeguard building security.

·         Ensure that all visitors, volunteers and professional guests sign in and out of building.

·         Conduct search of personal belongings of new incoming residents.

·         Conduct minimum of hourly rounds and maintain logs when covering the front desk.

·         Conduct 15-minute rounds when assigned to respite resident well-being posts including bathrooms with emphasis on keeping an up to date resident location log.

·         Conduct on-going searches of personal belongings and bags of residents who are leaving and re-entering the building to ensure a drug and weapon-free facility.

·         Ability to use Narcan and other life saving measures in case of accidental overdose and/or illness that may require emergency intervention or resuscitation.

·         Document all necessary information in Communication Log and notify on call staff for emergencies.

·         Assist all incoming residents with necessary items such as linen, and personal hygiene items as needed

·         Provide laundry assistance for residents including detergent and other needed items.

·         Monitor resident’s medication intake and documentation of all medications, taken in and/or leaving the facility.

·         Maintain accurate medication records as needed when required to monitor medications.

·         Receive and document medications from Pharmacy

·         Conduct regular and random UDS and document results as required.

·         Receive incoming and outgoing mail for residents in their mail boxes

·         Assist Residents with completing money orders for necessary fees and other fiscal responsibilities.

·         Prepare and serve meals to residents when applicable for your shift as needed.

·         Responsible for checking resident assigned household therapeutic tasks before they leave out of building.

·         Encourage residents to participate in activities and groups within the residence and promote opportunities and activities within the Beloved Project HOME community.

·         Co-facilitate weekly resident house meetings and support resident leaders in creating a culture of recovery.

·         Redirect unacceptable behaviors of residents while supporting prosocial activities.

·         Attend team meetings and provide input in overall well-being of residents.

·         Participate in Supervision with Program Manager.

·         Maintain a clean office and facility environment.

·         Supervise and document monthly fire drills as outlined in facility procedures.

·         Complete required and scheduled training sessions.

·         Ability to develop and facilitate Support groups for residents on and off site.

·         Have an understanding of Evidence-Based Practices and Recovery Tools, i.e. Wellness Self-Management, WRAP, Narcotics Anonymous

·         Complete weekly room checks of assigned residents.

·         Attend frequent linkage meetings with your residents on or off site as needed.

·         Weekend support staff promote on-site recreational opportunities and activities with RSC/Addictions specialist.


Minimum Qualifications

A high school diploma or Equivalent  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.

Lived experience and a personal commitment to recovery from chemical addiction and /or mental health

Excellent listening, communication, collaboration, and teamwork skills.

Safe Serve Certificate at time of hire or willingness to attend class, and pass the test within first 45 days of employment.

Good computer skills, preferably experience with electronic recordkeeping and familiarity with Outlook.

Narcan training within first 45 days of employment


Preferred Qualifications

At least two-year experience working with or volunteering with individuals with a diagnosis of substance use disorder and or a mental health disability.

Driver’s license or knowledge of Philadelphia transportation system.

Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • High School Diploma Required
  • Entry level


Philadelphia, PA

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