House of Hope’s Award Winning Peer Mentoring Program

The House of Hope CDC Peer Mentor Employment and Training program is a unique curriculum created to improve employment readiness and provide a strong foundation of knowledge and experience necessary to be successful in the human services fields.  This program will provide the opportunity for participants to take on leadership roles within the homeless community and serve as mentor, advocate, and support for other homeless men and women.

Sessions will be offered four times a year.  Each session will include a 7-week classroom-training program and a 6-week work experience component for graduates displaying mastery of skills and techniques taught during the classroom component and a strong desire to enter into employment within the helping professions.

Classes typically run Monday through Thursday from 9:00-1:00 pm.   Participants can expect to receive training in the following areas:

  • Boundaries and Confidentiality
  • Universal Precautions
  • Abuse and neglect reporting
  • CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certification
  • Triage/Assessment/VI-SPDAT
  • Overview of mental health and substance use challenges
  • Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • Homeless Advocacy/Outreach
  • Cultural competency
  • Community resources
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Naloxone (Narcan) Certification
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Computer skills
  • Soft skills for the workplace
  • Resume/Cover letter building
  • Developing interviewing skills

Following the completion of the classroom training, program graduates may be selected for six-week internships.  During this six-week period, participants will have the opportunity to apply new skills, receive direct supervision, and work with other homeless service providers as well as the community at large. Internship selection is based on demonstrated competency in classroom materials, and desire for ongoing employment in related fields.  House of Hope CDC works to match students with a placement that supports their interests and career goals.

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.

In the News: Providence Business News

R.I. Foundation honors nonprofits with Best Practice awards

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In the News: Rhode Island Foundation Blog

The Volunteer Engagement Award was presented to House of Hope Community Development Corporation for utilizing a unique and innovative approach to integrating volunteers directly into service provision and decision-making within the agency while ensuring that the needs of the clients served remain the primary focus.

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House of Hope volunteers recognized for best practices

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Peer Mentor Outcomes Since Inception

We have had:
9 classes
73 total participants
63 graduates (86% graduation rate)
10 graduates hired by HOH
3 graduates hired by other service providers
5 got outside of social services
18 total grads with employment after the program
Congratulations to all !! We wish you well in your future endeavors.