Job Posting 73386

Peer Support Worker
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
Edmonton area
Edmonton, AB
closes in 3 days (Mon, 2 Aug)
full time

Nikihk Indigenous Housing First is an intense home visitation and follow-up program designed to assist those experiencing chronic homelessness.  We provide in-home follow-up support, with cultural and spiritual support and education. The Peer Support Worker will utilize their lived experience to provide services specific to role-modeling behaviours with clients who are recovering from homelessness and attempting to exit difficult life circumstances.

Responsibilities:

  • Welcome Clients upon their intake into the Nikihk Housing First Program while providing orientation on health, cultural and social supports available to them.
  • Provide one on one peer support to clients who are coping with difficult life circumstances.
  • Exercise professional boundaries, while building peer rapport with Housing First Clients.
  • Attend community outings with Clients that contribute to enhanced wellness and improved quality of life.
  • Plan and facilitate peer-support groups for Housing First Clients.
  • Support substance use recovery by attending appointments with Clients and by connecting Clients with cultural supports.
  • Role-model, teach and role play behaviours that support clients in enhancing their interpersonal and professional relationships.
  • Deliver services from a client-centered approach to ensure that services are tailored to each individual Client’s needs.
  • Promote resilience by supporting Clients in taking an active role in their skill development.
  • Support Clients in enhancing their skills through a strength-based approach.
  • Cross Train in Housing First Positions to provide cover off when needed (I.e. Housing Outreach, Follow Up support, Cultural Support, and Trauma Support).

Qualification Requirements:

  • Diploma or Degree in the Human Services field is considered an asset.
  • Lived experience in relation to being homeless and overcoming difficult life circumstances.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Indigenous Culture.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of poverty related issues, trends and services particularly within, but not limited to the urban Aboriginal population is essential.
  • Understanding of the impact the loss of culture identity and intergeneration residential school syndrome has had on Aboriginal people.
  • Must have own vehicle and be willing to transport clients.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and willing to obtain a drivers abstract
  • Must have 2-million-dollar liability insurance coverage
  • Must provide a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector and Intervention Record Check upon hire (within a 6-month period from date of completion).

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary plus monthly auto allowance.
  • Paid sick and wellness days after 3 months’ probation (pro-rated).
  • Extended Health Benefit (50/50 cost sharing) after 6 months’ employment.
  • Working approximately 34.5 hours per week.

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