Monday-Friday, during Blanchet’s lunch and dinner hours, you’ll find Jennifer 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 so happy to be working through MHAAO. They offer great support and truly value peer experience,” Jennifer said. “I’m lucky enough to be positioned at Blanchet House.”
Now, at Blanchet House, she provides daily support to both meal and residential guests as they navigate housing, addiction, medical and mental health challenges.