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The Contributor

Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist

The Contributor


Job Summary

In partnership with the Director of Housing Initiatives, and Housing Navigator, and Social Services Intake Specialist, the CPRS works with The Contributor C.O.V.E.R. Homelessness Outreach Team to build relationships with our neighbors experiencing homelesseness, provide advocacy, and assist with connection to benefits and housing. The primary goals of the CPRS will be to provide support to others with mental illness, substance abuse, or co- occurring disorder and help them achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include:

● Build relationships of trust with individuals who work with The Contributor through their vendor sales & C.O.V.E.R. program.

● Assisting in the development of recovery goals.

● Assisting in the development of strengths-based individual goals, including sobriety, physical & mental care, housing, budgeting, & employment.

● Serving as an advocate, mentor, or facilitator for resolution of issues that a peer is unable to resolve on his or her own.

● Developing community support.

● Providing information on ways to maintain personal wellness and recovery.

● Providing information on behavioral health system navigation.

● Assist service recipients by providing linkages, warm hand-offs and direct referrals to the treatment and/or other recovery services including community-based peer support.

● Directly connect clients to resources, or refer them to our Housing Navigator, Director of Vendor Operations, or appropriate facility to facilitate placement into emergency housing, connect to social services and permanent housing, or connect to work program.

● Maintain complete client records, daily activity logs and other reports as directed in The Contributor database.

● Under the Direction of Housing Navigator, obtain housing readiness documentation such as IDs, Social Security cards, Birth Certificates. income verification, disability verification, as well as city bus passes and Lifeline phones. Connect quickly with vendors by phone or in person to get needed information for housing, health insurance, unemployment, and document applications.

● Attend HMIS and navigator trainings as scheduled.

● Attend team meetings, case conferences, training workshops and community meetings as needed.

● Participate in street outreach projects as deemed necessary.

● Recognize signs and symptoms of physical and mental health emergencies and call for professional assistance from emergency responders, Mobile Crisis, or other resources while making sure the person feels supported.

● Perform shifts in vending office as necessary.

● Maintain Certification for Peer Recovery Support Specialist



● Be in recovery from a diagnosed substance use disorder.

● Have a minimum of 24 consecutive months of sustained sobriety.

● Have a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (GED or HISET).

● Be enrolled or have a Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification

● The ability to multi-task between projects and individuals.

● The ability to assess and resolve difficult situations.

● Is organized, efficient, and proficient with computers and related technology: must maintain neighbor-related data tracking systems, including case notes. Must complete tasks in a timely manner.

● Exhibits dedication to the mission and vision of The Contributor.

● Works effectively, compassionately, and professionally with people of varying racial, ethnic, cultural, educational, gender identity, and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as those with criminal conviction history, untreated mental illness, and that travel with pets.

● Has basic understanding of severe mental health, physical health, and substance abuse issues and symptoms, and provides trauma-informed care by understanding that clients may experience defeatism, struggle to manage requests, or have developed survival coping skills to meet their needs which may have to be understood, respected, and managed without judgment.

● Listens with sensitivity to other people’s feelings, needs, and points of view; demonstrates tact and courtesy in expressing opinions or ideas, and recognizing opportunities to enhance community relations.

● Commitment to education trainings (trauma informed trainings as well as technical trainings)

● Is able to work flexible hours

● Has reliable transportation


Position Work Conditions, include but are not limited to:

● 1. Frequent travel by foot, car or other means appropriate to making contact with population

● 2. Must be able to adjust to the environment of the target population including making visits to homeless encampments shelters and personal living environments when needed

● 3. Sitting for extended periods of time

● 4. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and other devices and objects

● 5. Physically able to participate in training sessions, presentations, and meetings

● 6. Travel for the purpose of meeting with clients, training and collaborating with stakeholders, or off-site personnel/management

Additional Information


Health/Dental/Vision Insurance

Flexible Hours

Great team!!

MEANINGFUL work, because you make a difference in people’s lives!!!

How to Apply

Apply with cover letter and resume to cathy@thecontributor.org and copy jesse@thecontributor.org


  • Date Posted: June 11, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 07/01/2021
  • Salary Range: $30,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs Flexible