House of Hope’s Award Winning Peer Mentoring Program
In 2013 House of Hope CDC began to conceptualize a program where men and women faced with homelessness could be trained to assist in the day-to-day operations of the shelter and become prepared for the workplace. The Program focus on client confidentiality, boundary setting and “harm-reduction” counseling. They also lead to official certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid and administration of Narcan, the drug overdose antidote. Begining in July of 2015, with 21 participants completing the program so far. Several graduates have joined our staff, with more hires expected soon. Others have completed or are still working in long-term paid internships, including other human service agencies.
This Peer Mentoring Program continues to grow in success. With the continued support of our funders and the community, we know we are putting the men and women faced with homelessness in Rhode Island on a path to success and permanent housing.
In 2016 House of Hope CDC’s Peer Mentoring Program was awarded The Rhode Island Foundation Nonprofit Excellence 2016 Best Practice Award for Volunteer Engagement.