Residential Staff at House of Healing

Plymouth Healing Communities is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse working community and encourage all qualified individuals to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. 

Organization and Position Overview: 

Plymouth Healing Communities (PHC) is a non-profit, supportive housing agency that provides resident-centered property management and community support to 46 individuals in seven properties around the Seattle area. In 2001, PHC was founded to address the devastating cycles of hospitalization and homelessness for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The House of Healing (HOH) opened that year as the heart of PHC programming by establishing a model of companionship and solidarity that offers a safe, caring home with a holistic, human approach to recovery and wellness for individuals transitioning from inpatient mental health treatment and/or homelessness to permanent housing.  

The model of companionship is a way of building supportive relationships grounded in authenticity, compassion, and empowerment. The intention of companionship is to find strength in shared connections, celebrate unique gifts, and walk alongside someone in their personal journey of recovery. We know that opportunities for healing take place when we are each shown the genuine care, love, and respect we deserve. As the organization has grown, companionship has been vital to fostering a sense of home and community that honors all residents. 

At HOH, the Residential Staff team consists of three live-in positions that are committed to participating in the life of the house, building authentic relationships with community members and promoting a supportive living space conducive to personal autonomy, dignity, and healing. Besides the communal chores shared by all occupants, the residential staff hold the responsibility of operating house systems, including meal planning and preparation, maintenance duties, and organizing community events. The residential staff also collaborate with the Program Coordinator and with mental health service providers to support each resident’s path of recovery.

Specific Duties: 

Be an engaged and active member of the House of Healing community 

  • Build positive and supportive relationships with residents, teammates, and other community members; create opportunities to socialize with individual residents and teammates outside of shift hours 

  • Participate in daily routines, including community dinners, activities, and chores; collectively plan activities, outings, and observance of holidays and celebrations 

  • Model hospitality, self-awareness, sensitivity, and accountability 

Foster inclusion and support for all community members 

  • Be present and available in the house as part of a regular shift schedule (20 hours per week); on a rotating basis, act as on-call support for neighboring PHC residential properties 

  • Orient new residents to the house and neighborhood; help implement program guidelines and articulate expectations for participation in community life 

  • Actively work to diffuse conflict, modeling positive methods for addressing inappropriate behavior; learn, and help implement, crisis intervention and emergency plans for HOH 

Supervision and training 

  • Collaborate with Residential Staff team on shared commitments and support; actively contribute to communications with Residential Staff team and reports to case managers at Harborview 

  • Take part in weekly group supervision, bi-monthly individual supervision, and monthly Program Committee meetings 

  • Participate in PHC’s Companionship Training and ongoing professional development opportunities 

 

Qualifications: 

Required  

  • Age 21 or older 

  • Compassionate and patient listener who can hold a space of acceptance, validation, empathy, and respect 

  • Effective communicator, self-reflective, and conscious of personal boundaries 

  • Confidence and creativity in collaboratively planning and coordinating events with others 

  • Capable of approaching situations with flexibility and willingness to learn in process 

  • Able to build strong relationships and to connect on a human level 

Desired 

  • Lived experience with housing instability, psychiatric hospitalization, and/or mental illness 

  • Experience living and/or working within community housing 

  • Commitment to anti-racism principles and undoing the stigma associated with mental illness and homelessness 

  • Fluency with trauma-informed care and harm reduction 

  • Familiarity with methods of conflict de-escalation and non-violent communication 

 

Benefits and pay: 

  • Private room and board at HOH 

  • Health and dental insurance 

  • $500 monthly stipend 

  • Bus pass 

  • Professional development and training opportunities

To apply, please complete our interest form here.