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Peer Engagement Specialist

Upper Valley Haven

The Haven serves people in the Upper Valley struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, service coordination, education and other support. Its vision is to create a community where people find hope and discover possibility.

Community-founded and community-supported, the Upper Valley Haven:

  • Welcomes all who enter its doors as equals, respecting their dignity and accepting them without judgment;
  • Encourages those it serves to develop their own capacity for independence and self-sufficiency;
  • Seeks the support and participation of the community;
  • Is thrifty with its resources, generous in its hospitality and accountable to the individuals and organizations that support it.

The purpose of this position is to work embedded in the shelter services program at the Upper Valley Haven to provide outreach and engage individuals that would benefit from mental health and/or substance use treatment services. 

The position will perform outreach to homeless individuals in areas where they typically congregate or camp in the community. In addition, outreach will take place in coordination of local emergency rooms, state hospitals, local corrections and crisis service centers. 

The staff member will engage individuals, describe available services and make referrals to various community resources as appropriate.  The staff member can provide incentives for improving outpatient engagement such as a gift card to encourage attending the initial and follow-up appointments .

There are many opportunities for teamwork with fellow UVH employees and other professionals in the community. 

Data collection and reporting skills are also required for grant reporting purposes. The Peer Engagement Specialist is responsible for maintaining data required for grant reporting.


The staff member will receive training in and adhere to the core competencies of the Intentional Peer Support model:

  1. Nurtures and cultivates connection with others
  2. Shifts focus from helping to “learning” together
  3. Has awareness of one’s own and others’ worldview
  4. Can stay focused on the relationship rather than the individual
  5. Embraces the concept of mutuality
  6. Able to help shift focus from fear to hope and possibility
  7. Focuses on what is possible vs. barriers
  8. Can demonstrate self-reflection
  9. Can give and receive feedback
  10. Values co-reflection opportunities

High school diploma; minimum three years of recovery; ability to establish working relationships with people while maintaining professional boundaries. Candidates must be open to training in and following the Intentional Peer Support model.  The ideal candidates for this position will have lived experience in homelessness and engagement with mental health services and/or substance use treatment. This position is .50 FTE and a temporary grant funded position. Work is community and office based and may be subject to evening and/or weekend hours. Job duties require ability to walk distances on uneven ground.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to: with "Peer Engagement Specialist" in the subject line.

Salary Range:


Job Location:

White River Junction, VT

Date Added: July 18, 2020

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