Title Afiya Peer Respite Advocate
Location Northampton, MA
Job Information

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Advocate at Afiya: 19 to 36.5 hours per week (multiple positions available). Join the Afiya team and offer direct peer support to individuals experiencing deep emotional distress who are avoiding hospitalization and other more life-interrupting interventions. Listen, partner to explore resources and options, and help create and maintain a welcoming and healing physical space. May also include answering the Peer Support Phone Line that is located at the house and/or acting as a community bridger for individuals who are waiting to come into or have recently left a stay at Afiya. (Bridgers meet with people in the community, visit community resources with people, etc.) Includes some weekend/overnight hours. $14 to $15.50 per hour (based on training experience and/or bilingual fluency).

Requirements: Your own experience living through trauma, psychiatric diagnosis, homelessness, problems with substances and/or a variety of other life-interrupting challenges; Understanding and commitment to examining and undoing systemic oppression related to racism, gender, psychiatric diagnosis, etc.); A car you can use for work is required for any employee working community bridging hours. (A car is a plus for all other hours, as well.) A Plus: Familiarity with c/s/x, mad, peer, recovery, and/or human rights movements; Intentional Peer Support, and/or other trainings relevant to peer-to-peer support (Hearing Voices, Alternatives to Suicide, etc.); Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/ASL)/Bicultural. AA/EOE.

Resume and cover letter should be submitted to info@westernmassrlc.org by Friday, September 28. Please include how you meet the basic requirements of the job you’re interested in in your cover letter. Applications that do not include a cover letter may be discarded.