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Peer Support Specialist - WPW San Diego (JR 1810)

San Diego, California · Volunteering/Non-Profit
JR 1810
Peer Support Specialist –  WPW San Diego
San Diego, CA 92101
Salary: $18.26/hr
Full Time

PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) is seeking candidates passionate about making a positive impact in the San Diego community by joining our Whole Person Wellness (WPW) Program as a Peer Support Specialist. This is a full-time, temporary role with the potential to transfer to another program or position within PATH upon its conclusion and an anticipated end date of 6/30/2021. Candidates with lived experience in homelessness, mental health or substance use challenges are encouraged to apply!
In addition to a rewarding work environment, we offer our employees a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and a retirement plan. 
Since its foundation in 1984, PATH has pioneered bold and effective approaches to assist people experiencing homelessness. PATH operates services throughout California, connecting our clients to a comprehensive continuum of homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment preparation and placement assistance, individualized case management, supportive services, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing. 
The WPW program provides comprehensive care coordination services to high-utilizers of health care services. WPW services are facilitated buy a multidisciplinary Service Integration Team (SIT) that includes clinicians, peer support specialists, case managers, and housing specialists. SIT’s provide a holistic approach to linking program participants to services that will improve their wellness and housing stability through street outreach, system navigation, and housing navigation services.
As part of the WPW, Peer Support Specialists identify and build positive relationships with homeless individuals and families living on the streets or in vehicles. Peer Support Specialists assist clients in breaking the cycle of homeless by:
  • Collaborating with the WPW and clients to develop Individual Service Plans (ISP) that identify clear objectives related to stabilizing in housing
  • Providing case management such as assisting with housing location, temporary financial assistance, and assistance with enrolling in MediCal and accessing health services
  • Providing crisis intervention services to the homeless community
  • Monitoring client progression through their ISP
  • Assisting clients with obtaining documentation necessary to obtain housing 

We’re looking for candidates that:
  • Have experience providing direct client services to vulnerable individuals
  • Demonstrate ability to work with diverse communities
  • Work just as well independently as they do on a team
  • Exercise mature judgement, and are highly motivated, self-starting and proactive
  • Are excellent at communicating, whether in writing or verbally

For this role the Peer Support Specialist must:
  • Have lived experience with homelessness, mental health, or substance use challenges; Peer Support Certification is strongly preferred
  • Be able and willing to work flexible hours which may include evenings or weekends
  • Have employment eligibility verification
  • Have or be able and willing to obtain CPR/First Aid training
  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
  • Have reliable transportation and:
    • A valid driver’s license
    • Auto Insurance
    • The ability to qualify for PATH insurance coverage
  • Successfully complete the following as a condition of hire:
    • Tuberculosis Test
    • Background Screening
    • Drug Test 

Effective 11/01/2021 PATH will require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. All prospective hires will be expected to provide proof of vaccination as part of the pre-employment credentialing process. 
If this sounds like you, please visit our PATH Careers Site at and search for Job #1810 to submit your application. A resume is required.
PATH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PATH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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