<![CDATA[thepurposeofrecovery.org - News]]>Fri, 07 Jun 2024 18:54:25 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Peer Recovery Support Specialist]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2023 23:20:59 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/peer-recovery-support-specialist

​JOB TITLE: Peer Recovery Support Specialist ​Bi-Lingual, English/Spanish (Preferred)

STATUS: Full-Time/Part-Time Staff
REPORTS TO: Lead Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Salary Range: $20-$25 per hour, based on exp.
SEND RESUME TO INFO@TPOR.ORG
​POSITION SUMMARY
The Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS), from the foundation of their own personal lived experience with substance use challenges and successful recovery, will provide Peer Recovery Support Services, acting as a mentor and guide for those seeking or sustaining recovery. Through the process of coaching and a willingness to share their own lived experiences, the PRSS promotes recovery by helping a peer
define their recovery goals, identify strengths, remove barriers, connect to the recovery community and engage in supportive services. Recovery coaching offers a unique opportunity to build relationships of equality, trust and confidence in which a PRSS values each peer’s individual beliefs and supports them in mapping out a self-directed recovery journey.

A full-time PRSS will maintain a recovery circle of fifteen to twenty active peers, engaging with those peers through a combination of phone support, online video sessions, and in-person meetings, as frequently as needed to support long term recovery. This position requires fluency in English and Spanish, verbal and written. The PRSS will maintain accurate documentation of coaching sessions, interactions, referrals, evaluations, and wellness recovery plans. This position will ensure confidentiality of all records, accurate performance of all duties according to The Purpose of Recovery (TPOR) policies and procedures, and ensure quality of services provided. For in-person recovery coaching sessions and community outreach, the PRSS must be able to commute to multiple communities in Orange County, including (but not limited to): Anaheim, Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach.
RESPONSIBILITIES
● Through their own lived experience with substance use challenges and successful recovery, will serve as a role model who shares personal strengths and skills as well as the hope that recovery is possible for everyone
● Support the values of The Purpose of Recovery
● Model, advocate, and promote recovery goals and philosophy within the community
● Assist peers in developing and maintaining a comprehensive Recovery Management Plan by identifying personal strengths, interests, social relationships, hopes, and sources of well-being, as well as knowledge and skills supporting their recovery journey
● Full-time PRSS will maintain a schedule and a peer circle of twenty to twenty-five active peers through a combination of phone support, online video sessions, and in-person meetings that ensures frequency of engagement is appropriate to the level of support needed for peer recovery goals
● Willing and able to facilitate recovery support group meetings, virtual and in-person
● For in-person recovery coaching sessions and community outreach, the PRSS must be able to commute to multiple communities in Orange County, and on rare occasion to Riverside and Los Angeles counties
● Resource navigation, including connecting peers to community resources identified in their Recovery Management Plan or discussed during recovery coaching sessions
● Assisting peers in navigating community resources when needed (i.e. assisting with application completion, role-playing talking points, accompanying to meetings, and other areas of support on an as-needed basis)
● Provide recovery services in the areas of emotional support, concrete supports, instructional support, and community support, and facilitate such supports at a dosage and frequency comparable to peer needs
● Maintain accurate documentation of coaching sessions, interactions, referrals, evaluations, and wellness recovery plans within 24-hours of interaction
● Support at agency events and community outreach, occasionally on weekends as needed
● Ensure privacy and confidentiality of peer information is maintained
● Following agency policies and procedures as well as California
● And any other tasks that may be requested or needed in the course of business
QUALIFICATIONS
● Be flexible and open to multiple, personally chosen pathways forward in recovery and living in the community (comfortable knowing that no one way forward in recovery and community living fits everyone)
● Be strong in their belief that almost all people can move forward in life and in recovery - and have the ability to convey this perspective to others
● Able to work as a recovery team member, bringing special skills and experience to help peers in their recovery journey
● Have excellent people skills that build rapport and put others at ease
● Ability to work with individuals supporting their person-centered wellness recovery plans
● Fluent in English and Spanish with the ability to express themselves in both written and verbal communication
● Be able to communicate in a friendly and informative manner with people from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles
● Be able to use and/or learn to use computers and program related software proficiently
● Work independently and possess strong time management skills
● Understand and ensure the ethical practices of a Peer Recovery Support Specialist
● Be familiar with the communities where peers will want to make connections
● Be in touch with their own interests, life goals, and sources of well-being - with an ability and strong desire to help others and model self-care and personal recovery
JOB SUPPORTS & TRAINING PROVIDED
● Direct supervision from the Lead Peer Recovery Support Specialist
● Training specific to the Peer Recovery Support Specialist role
● Weekly support and feedback sessions with experienced Peer Coaches
● Participation in training and role play exercises as needed
EXPERIENCE
Required
● Must be a person with lived experience in substance use with a minimum of one year of abstinence, and continued abstinence while working as a recovery coach
● Background check free of arrests/convictions related to assault and/or endangering the safety of others. Other arrests/convictions will be considered on an individual basis.
Preferred
● Six+ months of experience working with people in recovery
● Fluent in English and Spanish, verbal and written
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
● Possession of a valid California driver’s license
● Must have own transportation that is reliable, registered, and insured
● High School diploma or equivalent
● Must be a Certified Peer Support Specialist or have the ability to obtain certification within four months of employment
WORKING CONDITIONS
● At office/home/community position
● For in-person recovery coaching sessions and community outreach, the PRSS must be able to commute to multiple communities in Orange County, and on rare occasion to Riverside and Los Angeles counties

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION PLEASE EMAIL YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO INFO@TPOR.ORG

DISCLAIMER: All statements are intended to describe the generic nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job description. They are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees in this classification.

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<![CDATA[JOB POSTING: Bi-Lingual Lead Peer Recovery Support Specialist]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2023 21:08:28 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/job-posting-bi-lingual-lead-peer-recovery-support-specialist

Bi-Lingual, English/Spanish Lead Peer Recovery Support Specialist 

STATUS: Full-Time Staff
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
Salary Range: $25-$29 per hour, based on exp.
​SEND RESUME TO INFO@TPOR.ORG 
POSITION SUMMARY
The Lead Peer Recovery Support Specialist (LPRSS), from the foundation of their own personal lived experience with substance use challenges and successful recovery, will provide Peer Recovery Support Services, acting as a mentor and guide for those seeking or sustaining recovery. Through the process of coaching and a willingness to share their own lived experiences, the LPRSS promotes recovery by helping a peer define their recovery goals, identify strengths, remove barriers, connect to the recovery community and engage in supportive services. Recovery coaching offers a unique opportunity to build relationships of equality, trust and confidence in which a LPRSS values each peer’s individual beliefs and supports them in mapping out a self-directed recovery journey. The LPRSS must have previous staff supervision experience of up to 5 people for at least 2 years. The LPRSS will meet with each coach for one hour per week to ensure all administrative duties are completed (case notes, wellness plans/goals, assessments, staff meetings, calendar, time tracking, travel, training, etc.), provide case conceptualization, assist with navigating any case challenges, review resource referrals, ethics considerations, and confidentiality requirements. The LPRSS will maintain a recovery circle of approximately 10 active peers, engaging with those peers through a combination of phone support, online video sessions, and in-person meetings, as frequently as needed to support long term recovery. The LPRSS will maintain accurate documentation of coaching sessions, interactions, referrals, evaluations, and wellness recovery plans. This position requires fluency in English and Spanish, verbal and written, additionally requires strong ethics, including the confidentiality of all records, accurate performance of all duties according to The Purpose of Recovery (TPOR) policies and procedures, and ensure quality of services provided. For in-person recovery coaching sessions and community outreach, the LPRSS must be able to commute to multiple communities in Orange County.

RESPONSIBILITIES
● Through their own lived experience with substance use challenges and successful recovery, will serve as a role model who shares personal strengths and skills as well as the hope that recovery is possible for everyone ● Support the values of The Purpose of Recovery
● Model, advocate, and promote recovery goals and philosophy within the community
●Assist peers in developing and maintaining a comprehensive wellness recovery plan by identifying personal strengths, interests, social relationships, hopes, and sources of well-being, as well as knowledge and skills supporting their recovery journey
●LPRSS will maintain a recovery circle of approximately 10 active peers, engaging with those peers through a combination of phone support, online video sessions, and in-person meetings, as frequently as needed to support long term recovery
●For in-person recovery coaching sessions and community outreach, the LPRSS must be able to commute to multiple communities in Orange County.
● Educate peers on accessing community opportunities and resources, matching their interests and hopes for the future and linking them to these resources
● Provide recovery services in the areas of emotional support, concrete supports, instructional support, and community support, and facilitate such supports at a dosage and frequency comparable to peer needs
● Maintain accurate documentation of coaching sessions, interactions referrals, evaluations, and wellness recovery plans
● Ensure privacy and confidentiality of peer information is maintained
●Willing and able to facilitate, or learn to facilitate, recovery support group meetings, virtual and in-person
● Weekly supervision of multiple PRSS staff, to ensure all administrative duties are completed (case notes, wellness plans/goals, assessments, staff meetings, calendar, time tracking, travel, training, etc.), provide case conceptualization, navigating any case challenges, review resource referrals, ethics considerations, and confidentiality maintenance.
​QUALIFICATIONS
● Be flexible and open to multiple, personally chosen pathways in recovery (comfortable knowing that no single recovery path and community living fits everyone)
● Be strong in their belief that almost all people can move forward in life and in recovery - and have the ability to convey this perspective to others
● Able to work as a recovery team member, bringing special skills and experience to help peers in their recovery journey
●  Have excellent people skills that build rapport and put others at ease
●  Ability to work with individuals supporting their person-centered wellness recovery plans
Fluent in English and Spanish with the ability to express themselves in both written and verbal communication
● Be able to communicate in a friendly and informative manner with people from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles
●  Be able to use and/or learn to use computers and program related software proficiently
●  Work independently and possess strong time management skills
●  Understand and ensure the ethical practices of a Peer Recovery Support Specialist
●  Be familiar with the communities where peers will want to make connections
● Be in touch with their own interests, life goals, and sources of well-being - with an ability and strong desire to help others and model self-care and personal recovery
● Strong leadership skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, provide conflict resolution, promote staff growth, motivate others, patient teaching skills, and provide effective feedback
JOB SUPPORTS & TRAINING PROVIDED
● Direct supervision from the Program Director
● Weekly Group Supervision
● Training specific to the Peer Recovery Support Specialist role
● Weekly support and feedback sessions with experienced Peer Coaches
● Participation in training and role play exercises as needed EXPERIENCE Required
● Fluent in English and Spanish, verbal and written
●Must be a person with lived experience in substance use with a minimum of one year of sustained recovery ● 2+ years experience supervising up to 5 staff
● Background check free of arrests/convictions related to assault and/or endangering the safety of others. Other arrests/convictions will be considered on an individual basis. Preferred
● Six+ months of experience working with people in recovery
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
● A valid California driver’s license, and proof of active auto insurance
● High School diploma or equivalent
● Must be a Certified Peer Support Specialist or have the ability to obtain certification within two months of employment
WORKING CONDITIONS
● Primarily a work-from-office position with multiple office sites
● Some work-from-home
●For in-person recovery coaching sessions and community outreach, the LPRSS must be able to commute to multiple communities in Orange County, including (but not limited to): Anaheim, Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach.

​TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION PLEASE EMAIL YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO INFO@TPOR.ORG 
​DISCLAIMER: All statements are intended to describe the generic nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job description. They are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees in this classification. 
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<![CDATA[WHAT IS A STORY CIRCLE?]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2023 01:29:50 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/what-is-a-story-circle

"The Story Circle was inspired by oral storytelling traditions. The format we'll be using was created by John O'Neal, of The Free Southern Theatre, as a way to engage communities and address oppression.

The first round features a "talking object" and a prompt for a story about a topic of interest. Each person takes turns introducing themselves and telling a short 2-minute story in response to the prompt. There is no cross-talk or conversation at this time. A timekeeper keeps track for everyone. 

The second round includes optional 1 min cross-talk responses from each person in the group. 


Round 3 is the "closure round" where the group is asked to discuss the themes, commonalities, and possible solutions that came up."

Please RSVP for the Story Circle ASAP if you plan on attending!

Questions? Contact us at 714-485-3772/info@tpor.org

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<![CDATA[TPOR OPEN HOUSE, PEER STORY CIRCLE, FOOD AND PRIZES]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2023 01:10:17 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/tpor-open-house-peer-story-circle-food-and-prizes Picture

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<![CDATA[the purpose of recovery open house - march 1st]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2023 19:51:30 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/the-purpose-of-recovery-open-house-march-1st
Parking available behind offices and liquor store.
Questions? Contact us at 714-485-3772/info@tpor.org

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<![CDATA[GRIEF & Loss SUPPORT GROUP]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2023 04:46:08 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/grief-loss-support-group]]><![CDATA[Meeting Space Available at New Office]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2023 23:45:14 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/meeting-space-available-at-new-officeThe Purpose of Recovery has meeting space available for 12-Step and other Community Meetings 7 Days a Week! Picture
​Space Available after March 6, 2023
Capacity: 55 people
Cost: Negotiable and Reasonable
Location: 131 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 101, Tustin, CA 92780
Contact us today for more information!
714-485-3772/info@tpor.org

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<![CDATA[fREE nARCAN tRAINING aVAILABLE]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2023 22:55:13 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/free-narcanr-training-available
​NARCAN® is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in minutes. Most opioid overdoses occur in the home. Having a NARCAN® rescue kit nearby can make all the difference. If you or your organization needs Narcan Training please contact us to schedule 714.485.3772All participants will receive Narcan.
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<![CDATA[The Purpose of Recovery is Moving!]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2023 21:59:27 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/the-purpose-of-recovery-is-moving

Save the Date for our Open House!
 
When: Wednesday, March 1st. Tours starting at 9 am
Appetizers & Drinks from 4 pm - 7 pm
 Connect with peers & staff 
Learn about our programs
 *Peers & Alumni invited to a story circle facilitated by The Phoenix (6 pm -7 pm)
 
Where: 131 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 100-101, Tustin, CA 92780

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<![CDATA[Letter from the Executive Director]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2023 19:22:11 GMThttp://thepurposeofrecovery.org/thepursposeofrecoverynewscopy/letter-from-the-executive-directorPicture
Reflecting on 2022 and Opportunities for 2023

It’s hard to believe the holiday season has come and gone, with the New Year starting. I want to take this time to thank all of our community partners and wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2023. At TPOR we have made great strides in 2022.  This is also the time that we, as a nonprofit organization, take stock of the year gone by and get ready to start implementing fresh initiatives for the New Year.

At The Purpose of Recovery, 2022 has been an incredible year for us as we have grown in the community and our organization. Below are just a few achievements TPOR attained in 2022.

  • Another successful Recovery Rally
  • Obtained new offices
  • Created many new relationships in the community
  • Doubled our services from last year
  • Started Family Peer Coaching 
  • Began Youth & Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) Groups
  • Hired new staff

Our staff members and executive team have worked together to support and guide the peers and community partners receiving our coaching support, improving their recovery journey and coaching experience. Listening to the needs of those we serve has led to the growth of our offerings and new services, such as Youth Services, Youth Peer-to-Peer Coaching, All Recovery Groups, MAT Groups, AA/NA Groups, Al Anon Groups, Family/CRAFT Groups. 

Additionally, I would like to thank those who have made this past year possible. First to our TPOR Family, who has worked so hard, I've been proud to be part of this organization alongside you. Secondly, to all our peers who have joined us on this journey. And last, but certainly not least, our valued contributors; we appreciate all of the connections, resources, and hard work that you dedicate to our community. We look forward to working with all of you moving forward. 

Finally, if it were not for the sponsorship, we receive from the foundation we would not be able to do this work in our community. For that we are grateful.  
Sincerely,  

Susan Emerson, Executive Director

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