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Peer Advocate Veterans; 4154-205-A

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens

Full-Time | On Location / In Office

$27 - $31/hr.

When you join the CCBQ Team, you will have an impact on the lives of many. For over 117 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, seniors, and those struggling with mental illness. Our Peer Advocacy Program provides assistance and support to mental health consumers by other mental health consumers. Peers in recovery from their own issues with mental illness offer encouragement and assistance to others with similar problems. Peer Advocates conduct various support groups such as smoke cessation, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), co-occurring disorders, relapse prevention and others.

Why you will enjoy being part of our team:
1.    Competitive Salaries and Benefits
2.    High Quality Supervision
3.    Opportunities for Advancement

STATEMENT OF THE JOB 
Under the supervision of the Clinical Director the Peer Advocate Veterans uses their life experience to assist Veterans with engagement into the program, provides relevant education and support to promote and enhance dignity, self-respect, and self-reliance in the community, provide mentorship and service as a role model for all members of the program.
•   Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery-based services that will aid the veteran in daily living.
•    Works with the veteran in exploring options for obtaining decent and affordable housing of his/her choice in the most integrated, independent, and least intrusive or restrictive environment, by making referrals to appropriate VA housing programs.
•    Inform veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use these in the recovery process, Community resources may include but are not limited to consumer¬ run self-help and mutual support services, social security office, Department of Family and Children services, local YMCA, library, restaurants, veterans’ service organizations, apartment complexes and other types of housing, etc.,
•    Participate in conducting relevant assessments, contact clients not responding to outreach. In addition, where appropriate will assist clients with securing resources and other supports necessary for maintaining the highest degree of independence and self-reliance in the community.
•    Conduct Outreach in the community and Participate in Outreach events within the community.
•     Encourage all clients to participate fully in into program activities to help them achieve their personalized recovery goal.

QUALIFICATIONS
•    High School Diploma or GED.
•    Provisional New York State Peer Specialist Certification
•    Current or former client of a mental health program.
•    History of mental illness and at least one year of symptom remission.
•    Knowledge of computer programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook).
•    Good communication skills.
•    Proven ability to work with people with behavioral disabilities.
•    Ability to read and write.
•    Bilingual Spanish/English; Russian/English; Creole/English; Chinese/English; Korean/English speaking preferred.
•    Frequent walking, standing, & sitting.
•    Should be able to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, & office equipment.
•    Ability to read printed & handwritten materials.
•    Ability to travel extensively in the community and use public transportation throughout the five boroughs.

BENEFITS 
We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits including:
•    Generous time off (Vacation/ Personal Days/ Sick Days/ Paid Holidays annually)
•    Medical,
•    Dental
•    Vision
•    Retirement Savings with Agency Match
•    Transit * Flexible Spending Account
•    Life insurance
•    Training Series and other additional voluntary benefits.
For more information on our organization, please visit our website at: www.ccbq.org EOE/AA.
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Posted On: December 18, 2023

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