Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective’s Peer Support Specialist Training Project is sponsoring a, free, Oregon Health Authority-approved, training opportunity for people working with unhoused neighbors in our community. We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to learn new skills and improve existing ones. We hope to spread tools of empowerment throughout the houseless community so that individually, and collectively, the voices and ideas of those most affected are heard and resources are committed to end our community’s housing crisis.

The project’s goal is to provide training for 45 individuals in 2016. We anticipate offering the first class for 15 people this spring. The 40-hour course will be provided by Project Able and will be held locally 5 days over a 2-week period. Applicants should expect to spend some study time outside of class.

For those completing the course and obtaining certification, explorations are underway to provide opportunities to work part-time hours. Additionally, several local agencies hire certified peer support specialists.

Classes are interactive and cover a variety of topics such as: Community Engagement; Mental Health Recovery; Self-Determination; Partnerships; Person Centered Planning; Strengths-Based Healing; Cultural Awareness; Trauma Informed Services; Mutuality; Compassionate Interaction; Listening to Hear; Barriers to Effective Communication; Ethics and Confidentiality; Documentation; and Wellness & Self Care.

Donations toward the project may be made on NPAC’s website, Please specify Peer Support Specialist Training Project in the special instruction box. Donations may also be made directly to NPAC, by mailing a check, payable to NPAC, to PO Box 1556 Springfield, OR 97477. Please specify the Peer Support Specialist Training Project on your check.

If you know someone, housed or unhoused, who may be interested in becoming a peer support specialist, please see that they receive an application.  To apply, please download, print or fill in seven easy questions and email it back to us.  Got questions? Contact Mary Broadhurst, the project’s volunteer coordinator, at 541-285-4614 or

Finally, thanks to each of you for the work you do to stand in solidarity with our unhoused neighbors.

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