Kathy Elfers

Veteran Peer Mentor

Mission Statement: “To empower and inspire people of all communities to identify, pursue and sustain healthy, meaningful lives”.

MHAW strives to develop an authentic, diverse workforce that embraces, creates, respects and demonstrates diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in the work environment, towards one another and those we serve. We recognize that our agency is strongest when we all embrace the full spectrum of diversity and experience. We actively seek to employ a diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve.

Position: Veteran Peer Mentor
Program: Joseph P Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Project
Salary: $47,250 per year, non-exempt
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Locations: Ronkonkoma, NY and travel throughout Suffolk County
Availability: Immediately

The Veteran Peer Mentor is an individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces (preferably including at least one tour of duty), who can serve as a positive example, and is committed to assisting other veterans, and their family members in achieving successful reintegration and personal wellness following separation from active duty.

Key responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Engage veterans and families, through phone and face-to-face consultations, and connect to needed community resources and services
• Co-Facilitate peer support groups at sites to be identified
• Serve as a point person for engaging participants into peer support groups, including the use of face-to-face consultations as needed
• Commit to initial and ongoing peer support training and supervision as required
• Complete reports on group attendance, individual contacts, outreach and expenses in a timely manner
• Publicize and promote the Dwyer Project through a range of activities including but not limited to, literature distribution at assigned events, panel discussions and conferences as schedule permits
• Assist project leadership with maintaining, updating and monitoring all social media outlets and Dwyer Project website, responding to telephone and email inquiries, maintaining the weekly group schedule and monthly community outreach calendar, conducting staff meetings, and the planning and execution of Dwyer hosted events including the Annual Day of Wellness.

• Must be a Veteran with an Honorable Discharge
• Attendance at a Dwyer Project group meeting (either as a group member or job applicant) is required
• Previous experience participating in and/or facilitating a self-help group is preferred
• Knowledge of community services for Veterans and their families is preferred
• Commitment to learning and growing as a provider of peer support
• Complete a face-to-face interview and all employment application forms
• Comply with all requested background checks
• Maintain a valid driver’s license
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends as the need arises

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