Monday-Friday, during Blanchet’s lunch and dinner hours, you’ll find Jennifer standing on the sidewalk talking with people waiting in line for food. She asks what they need and helps direct them to services. Whether she’s running inside to get a warm coat, providing directions to a shelter, or just taking a moment to have a conversation, Jennifer is helping people struggling to survive.
When she heard about the Peer Support Specialist training program offered by the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon (MHAAO) she jumped at the chance to expand her skill set to help others.
“I’m lucky enough to be positioned at Blanchet House,” Jenn says.
Jenn also provides daily support to guests of Blanchet House’s residential programs downtown and at Blanchet Farm. She uses her vast experience to help people navigate housing, addiction recovery, and medical and mental health challenges.