Community Access Inc. Peer Bridger - AHI in New York, New York
Program Overview: The Adult Home Initiative is designed to assist Adult Home Residents to successfully transition into Supported Housing. The initiative will utilize a range of individualized and group-based peer-informed strategies to promote housing transitions, striving to empower class members through exposure to possibilities, development of self-advocacy skills, promoting informed choice, and enhancing community engagement.
Position Location: Far Rockaway
Position Status: Full Time
Peer Bridger works to develop mentoring and supportive relationships with NYC Adult Home Residents, promoting connection and hope in an independent future in Supported Housing.
The Peer Bridger engages residents in peer-based services to identify and overcome barriers to housing transition, addressing questions and fears, while building self-advocacy and systems-navigation skills.
Essential Job Functions:
Utilize a peer relationship to foster connection, trust, understanding and validation with adult home residents. Explore and address resident needs related to life goals, sense of purpose, physical wellness, spirituality, education, employment, socialization, and community involvement, fostering connections as needed. Engage residents to identify and understand barriers to housing transition. Utilize strength-based, motivational engagement with residents who have not been successfully engaged in transition services Identify and link with appropriate services for support in securing basic documents and entitlements. Help residents become familiar with and understand the range of support services available. Accompany residents on tours of available housing options and other community resources. Support residents during and after the move to community housing.
Have a minimum of a high school, equivalency diploma New York State Peer Certification, required, (or application for certification submitted within the first year of employment if the applicant does not have certification). Minimum of two (2) years of experience, required
Recipient/survivor of mental health services, required. Experience working in behavioral health setting: peer service delivery, community development, rehabilitation or recovery-oriented services, preferred. Personal or professional experience with New York City mental health supported housing, preferred. Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center. Resourceful and able to organize, multitask, and prioritize work. Possess strong understanding and practice of recovery, wellness and related services. Analytical and innovative problem solving abilities. Attentive to details in documentation and data collection, reporting and analysis. Ability to work as part of a team. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel. Be creative and flexible. Ability to travel and work afternoons, evenings, weekends, and holidays. Show initiative and be responsible for follow through.
3 weeks of vacation, 5 personal days, 12 sick days, 10 paid holidays Travel Reimbursement College savings plan Pre-tax savings plan (including Flexible Spending Accounts and Transit-Check) 403b contribution; life insurance Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental plans; Employee Assistance Program Summer Flex Hours Paid Family Leave; Short-Term Disability insurance-->