Job title: Emergency Respite Support Staff (part-time)

Respite Support Staff Position Overview:

PPP operates emergency respite shelters for up to 40 homeless individuals. Every night respite guests are provided housing, food, showers, and other supportive services. Our goal is to assist these individuals with accessing necessary resources including long-term housing. Respite support staff are responsible for creating and maintaining a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for respite guests. Staff are expected to build trusting relationships with guests and assist them in their efforts to secure housing and other necessary services.

Duties and responsibilites:

• Must be able to engage, interact, and work toward fostering positive relationships with respite guests.

• Possess the ability to make quick and sound decisions within the respite environment.

• Assist housing coordinator and case management staff in connecting respite guests to necessary social services and community resources.

• Assist with emergency situations as needed. Be trained and willing to administer Narcan in the event of an opiate overdose.

• Maintain the safety and security of respite guests, co-workers, volunteers, equipment, and building. Regularly monitor the location and activity of all guests.

• Enforce all program policies and procedures.

• Assist in meal preparation and service.

• Assist with kitchen, bathroom, and common area clean-up as needed.

• Maintain accurate and timely logs for each shift.

• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum qualifications and preferred skills:

• Knowledge of and experience working with persons experiencing homelessness, substance use, and mental health issues.

• Dedication to assisting others while fostering their self-esteem and dignity.

• Commitment to a harm reduction philosophy including meeting people where they are and creating a safe, non-judgmental environment.

• Bi-lingual/Spanish speaking preferred

• Willing to familiarize self with and implement crisis de-escalation, overdose reversal, and mental health emergency protocols.

How to apply:

Please send resume to [email protected] with Respite Support Staff as the subject line. No calls will be taken for this position.


Job title: Kitchen Coordinator

The Kitchen Coordinator will assist in the operation of PPP’s expanding housing and meal services programs. They will be responsible for preparing nightly meals for up to 80 residents of our emergency respite project and two weekly lunch meals for up to 150 participants in our drop-in center. These meals should be balanced, nutritious, and meet the dietary needs and restrictions of our participants. They will also work with organization leadership to establish and maintain food purchasing contracts with wholesalers and non-profits. Additionally, the Kitchen Coordinator will work with the Housing Coordinator and Housing Case Manager to identify opportunities for respite residents to participate in meal planning and preparation. This will increase investment and engagement of residents in operation of respite as well as provide essential life and employment skills. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1) Create weekly meal plans

2) Prep nightly meals for up to 80 individuals and twice weekly lunches for up to 150 drop-in participants.

3) Work with leadership staff to manage food purchasing sources and contracts

4) Shopping at discount grocers and wholesalers as needed

5) Complete inventory sheets, order requests, and other paperwork as needed

6) Supervise and provide training for volunteer residents assisting in preparation of meals

7) Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Please note that this job may require working staggered, non-traditional hours including evenings.

Skills required:

• Ability to prepare healthy, balanced meals efficiently for large numbers of people.

•Skill in communicating effectively with a variety of people of different backgrounds

•Dynamic, creative, flexible, able to learn and adapt in a changing environment

•Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Minimum qualifications:

• Valid and up-to-date ServSafe certification

• Valid driver’s license

• Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

• Knowledge and experience with communities impacted by homelessness, poverty, and/or substance use strongly preferred.

Other requirements:

•This position includes the normal physical demands of a community-based program, including lifting/moving up to 50lbs, bending, and carrying. Other physical requirements include walking and standing for up to 2 hours at a time.

•This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with Kitchen Coordinator as the subject. No calls will be taken for this position.


Job title: Bilingual MAT Case Manager

The Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Case Manager will be working with clients who are enrolled in PPP’s Stabilization, Treatment, and Empowerment Program (STEP) and receiving medication-assisted treatment such as buprenorphine film (Suboxone) or extended release naltrexone injections (Vivitrol). The Case Manager will need to work collaboratively with clients to assess medical and psychosocial needs and to implement goals around their physical and behavioral health, housing, and psychosocial supports. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.     Through internal referrals from other PPP programs, and through active recruitment on-site at the Syringe Exchange Program, recruit clients for STEP.

2.     Thoroughly assess participant readiness for and appropriate modes of treatment using evidence-based assessment tools.

3.     Facilitate regular psych-educational check-ins/groups that explore drug use, relapse prevention, recognizing triggers, and building coping skills.

4.     Conduct treatment, medication initiation, and adherence discussions with clients at regularly scheduled STEP sessions.

5.     Engage clients in meaningful and frank discussions about risk behaviors, including overdose and relapse risk. Help STEP clients identify triggers and supports to use to prevent and overcome relapse.

6.     Conduct client interviews to assess for medical and psychosocial needs. Use these assessments to inform participant goals in the program. Provide face-to-face, goal-directed care coordination sessions and linkage and adherence counseling.

7.     Refer and link clients to appropriate mental health services and encourage adherence to appointments.

8.     Coordinate client referrals to support groups, medical care, legal assistance, public benefits, identification procurement, and other supportive services.

9.     Coordinate referral to primary medical care, especially HIV primary care and Hepatology care. Conduct treatment and medication initiation and adherence discussions with clients at regularly scheduled sessions.

10. Actively participate in supervision, team, and staff meetings.

11. Keep accurate and comprehensive charts on clients, including information on client interviews, counseling sessions, referrals, and submit paperwork in a timely fashion. Perform data entry on a monthly basis using internal data bases, Evaluation Web, and CareWare.

12. Work in a fast-paced environment and assist with additional operational needs including drop-in center coverage and answering the agency telephone.

13. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


At least a bachelor’s degree in social work, or a related field. 

Experience working in the drug & alcohol field.

Must be bilingual (Spanish).

Special consideration for those with:

-Experience facilitating psycho-educational groups

-Master's degree in social work or related field

-Two years' experience working with MAT

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with MAT Case Manager as the subject. No calls will be taken for this position.