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Peer Support Worker - Permanent Supp - Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

Apr 22, 2024
Guelph, Ontario

About the Role:

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Program provides a long-term, affordable housing solution with flexible and voluntary support services offered to support high-acuity individuals who are homeless with housing retention and independent living. 

This program is provided through multi-agency collaborations to support individuals living in the PSH building who are dealing with significant substance use and mental health issues (as well as other complexities) to gain housing stability and enhance their quality of life by providing housing, practical support, counselling, advocacy, landlord mediation, and eviction prevention.

The Peer Support Worker will provide important peer support services to tenants, and will play a vital role as a member of our multi-disciplinary teams by offering a range of practical and emotional support from the perspective of their lived experience, embodying a sense of hope and possibility for the future. 

Role Type: New! Full time, Permanent

Hours of Work:

  • Days (2pm-12am)
  • Hours are scheduled on a four (4) week rotational basis which includes working every second weekend, and occasional holidays (Statutory holidays)
  • Participation in an on call rotation is a requirement of this role, in addition to the regular hours of work

Why Work for Stonehenge?

  • Enhanced vacation offered to all staff
  • Paid wellness days
  • RRSP Matching Incentive
  • Health and dental benefits (no employee co-pay)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan available to all staff
  • Enhanced compensation when working overnight hours
  • Personal and professional development opportunities


  • Lived experience of substance use disorder and recovery required (mental health recovery an asset)
  • Post-secondary education in addictions, social services or related field
  • Certification with Peer Support Canada an asset
  • Minimum one year of progressive experience in addictions or mental health; experience in concurrent disorders or trauma informed practice an asset
  • Experience providing support to individuals experiencing addiction / concurrent disorders in a community based program
  • Front line experience providing crisis management, outreach services, and community-based supports
  • Food Handlers Certification an asset
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of services available in the Waterloo Wellington and Guelph Wellington Region preferred
  • CSC Clearance conducted by PWGS Canada
  • Standard First Aid/CPR, Level C
  • Valid G Driver’s License (G2 or G) and Satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record
  • Reliable vehicle and willing to transport program participants
  • Must provide proof from Insurance provider of 1) at least $2 million in general liability and 2) acknowledgment of scope of vehicle use by Insurance provide
  • Mandatory on call duty, on a rotational basis
  • Must be able to attend work (travel to PSH building) within an hour of notification, when on call

    Role Overview:

    Direct Peer Support:

    • Delivering support in a manner that is consistent with a peer scope of practice and emerging best practice and that reflects key principles of the harm reduction and recovery-oriented approaches to care
    • Engaging in purposeful and deliberate sharing of your own lived experience of homelessness and/or addiction/mental health recovery to facilitate the development of strong, peer support connections with program participants
    • Partnering with program participants in achieving the wellness goals they have identified for themselves in relation to substance use, mental health, and other domains of life (may include maintaining housing, life skills, budgeting, etc.)
    • Partnering with participants to connect to local resources by providing service navigation support and appointment accompaniment where necessary
    • Partnering with participants to develop meaningful connections to their community, and facilitating community building with program participants and the Wellington and Guelph communities including neighbours, community groups, resources, etc.
    • Co-facilitating house meetings, psycho-educational and support groups
    • Crisis planning and intervention as required
    • On a rotational basis, provide on-call services during evenings and weekends (Full Time only)

    Collaboration and Capacity Building:

    • Working effectively and in collaboration with the broader Permanent Supportive Housing Team including clinical staff of Guelph Community Health Centre as well as external service providers, the family / support networks of participants, and other stakeholders

    Documentation and Administration:

    • Participating in program development activities as required including program evaluation, data collection and input, process improvement, etc.
    • Complete tenant documentation and other required documentation (example: program summary documents, Incident Reports, etc.)
    • Make referrals to internal and/or external programs or services, as appropriate

    Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2024 at 4pm.

    We look forward to meeting you!

    Stonehenge Therapeutic Community accommodates the needs of applicants throughout the recruitment process in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Human Rights legislation. Should you require it, accommodation can be made at any point, upon request.

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