Community Residential Support / Shared Living / Mentor – Wakefield, MA

Do you have experience in Social Work, Special Education, Nursing or Nutrition? Are you a friendly, compassionate woman who would like to do meaningful work in a non-traditional setting? This unique opportunity affords you the flexibility to work during the day, have free housing and receive a generous tax free stipend to provide support and mentorship to an active young adult woman in Wakefield MA.

Responsibilities include assistance to coordinate weekly schedule/activities, organize healthy meals and manage her independent apartment residence with a focus on teaching and empowering. Individual is independent with laundry, personal care, works part time and is able to use public transportation. Experience in nutrition, nursing, social work or related field is preferred. Additionally, support is needed to manage emergencies, especially regarding Type 1 diabetes.

A Valid MA Driver’s License, and good driving record is required, and use of personal vehicle in the course of employment is preferred.

COMPENSATION: A generous tax free monthly stipend PLUS free housing in a lovely two bedroom apartment near Wakefield center with easy access to commuter rail, MBTA bus & Orange line @ Oak Grove.

Please respond with any questions about the position, or send letter of introduction with current resume to ..

Temporary Part-time Information and Referral Specialist for the Northeast Recovery Learning Community at NILP (15-20 hrs/wk)

Job Function:    To work closely and effectively with persons with psychiatric disabilities by facilitating and promoting their inclusion in the community, through the provision of individual recovery-oriented skills training, peer counseling, and information-sharing. Will also oversee and maintain the Recovery Learning Community’s Resource Connection Center and Library.
Duties & Responsibilities:

•    Oversee and maintain its Resource Library both on-line and print.
•    Update website as a core reference.
•    Provide NILP core services to program participants who call or come into the NERLC for support, including information and referral, technical assistance and skills training, peer counseling, community education, and individual and systems advocacy.
•    Update and monitor monthly NEA and Hub calendars.
•    Use own recovery story to help empower others to see recovery as an attainable goal.
•    Maintain strict standards of confidentiality at all times and in accordance with federal HIPAA laws.
•    Attend and participate in weekly RLC staff meetings.
•    Provide proper documentation of services via the IDMS data entry system.
•    Perform other tasks as requested by supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications:
•    Sensitivity to and understanding of all types of oppression, particularly the issues faced by people who have been psychiatrically labeled.
•    Experience as a person who has been psychiatrically labeled is and ability to share personal recovery story publicly is highly valued.
•    Knowledge of local traditional and peer resources a plus.
•    Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills required.
•    Experience and proficiency using all products of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Access databases.
•    Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues concerning IL philosophy and a commitment to the recovery model.
•    Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
•    Access to reliable transportation essential.
•    Massachusetts Peer Specialist Certification and being bi-lingual/bi-cultural are also highly desirable.
Reports to:    Recovery Learning Community Director/Peer Support Coordinator.
NILP is an EOE and encourages persons with disabilities, women, and persons of color to apply.

EXTERNAL POSTING DEADLINE:  Until position is filled.

Submit Cover letter and Resume to:  Jo Bower, Director, Northeast Recovery Learning Community,   NILP,  20 Ballard Road,  Lawrence MA 01843.

World AIDS Day Salem 2011: Thursday, December 1, 6:00 PM

Because it takes a village to end HIV/AIDS
Join a candlelit vigil from Lappin Park at the Elizabeth Montgomery Statue (corner of Washington and Essex St). Proclamation read by Mayor Kim Driscoll. Keynote spaker: Jim Campbell. Music by Kevin Letourneau. Sponsored by Mayor Kim Driscoll, Gulu Gulu Cafe, The Dejas, Gary Gill, PRISM LGBT Health of Northeast Behavorial Health, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Cafe Poonia, Kevin LeTourneau..

The Transformation Center Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Nominations

The Transformation Center Annual Meeting Saturday, January 28, 2012, 2-5 pm
The Transformation Center 2012 Board of Directors Nominations are open.
The three functions of the transformation center: Peer Support, Training, Best Practice Advocacy.
The Transformation Center Vision:
We envision an future in which we live in communities where people, individually and together, experience well-being and help each other with mutual respect and compassion, to overcome the challenges we all face.
The Transformation Center Mission:
As peers in all stages of recovering our mental health wellness and freedom from addictions, we promote the growth and voices of people with lived experience, individually, in communities and in organizations. We facilitate these diverse voices to impact and transform policy and practice.
Who can serve on the board?
The Board of Directors is an executive board which governs the organization to ensure that personnel,  finances, fundraising and strategic planning support the Vision and Mission. Nominees must live in Massachusetts and have a mental health diagnosis or have experienced extreme emotional states themselves. We are open, interested and welcoming to people from varied cultures and life experiences.
Don’t hesitate to nominate someone you know who is a person of an under-represented community.
Download the nomination from from www.transformation-center.orgor contact The Transformation Center to receive
an email or copy by mail. Nomination forms must be received in the office by January 3, 2012. Ph: 617-442-4111 Toll free: 877-769-7693 TTY: 617-442-9042 Fx: 617-442-4005.

Save the Date: The Safe Passages Project

The Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of The Greater North Shore (ADRCGNS)
The Safe Passages Project: Root Cause Analysis Findings
A collaborative response to the Affordable Care Act and the Community-Based Care Transitions Program. As we wrap up the Root Cause Analysis, we look forward to sharing our findings and getting your input as we begin to design appropriate interventions. Thursday, December 8, 2011 8:00-11:30 AM at North Shore Elder Services, 152 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA
For more information, contact Aimee Garman 781-586-8627 or

The ADRCGNS is a collaboration of Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Greater Lynn Senior Services, The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc., North Shore Elder Services, North Shore Career Center and Seniorcare..

Help Salem Police Help The Homeless This Weekend For The Holiday Season

North Shore shelters are in need of assistance with every day toiletries and your donations can help by dropping off goods at the Salem Police Department, 95 Margin St., Salem

Saturday, November 19th, 9 AM-1PM and Sunday, November 20th, 9 AM-1PM


Organized by the Salem Police Community Impact Unit, and the following area shelters: Lifebridge, The Inn Between, Action, Lynn Shelter Association, River House and HAWC.

Your donations are greatly appreciated..