1. What is a peer support professional? Can you describe the training you have gone through?
What it means for me to be a Peer Support Professional is that I'm an expert with lived experiences and I've intentionally attended the necessary training and years of trauma-informed therapy so that I can meet others who are experiencing a walk of struggle with their mental health, trauma experiences, substance use... Read More Here!
2. Describe your role at Street's Hope/Voluntad.
I am a Pioneer! The Peer Role is new to Street's Hope/Voluntad. My work is celebrated and welcomed. I get to meet survivors where they are, use some lived examples as a role model offering and share an emotional space ... Read More Here!
3. How do you help people engage in our services at SH/V?
I link, I engage, I support through validation. I share to connect in a relatable way to empower wellness and recovery. I respect, I recognize multiple paths of recovery. I demonstrate and celebrate strengths. I strive to learn about... Read More Here!
4. What are things that are most surprising to you that you have encountered with human trafficking survivors?
For me as a Peer with a variety of lived experiences, the surprise is not a surprise. I have learned about cues to look for out in the community and in a home. What is surprising is how the relation of human trafficking cues relates to so many different abuses and addiction and migrates everywhere. Cues like... Read More Here!
5. What is one impact you have seen as a peer support professional?
The closest to my heart is a story about a trans-woman (who as it has been explained to me) was not as engaged in services as she is now. Although she may not be as self-sufficient as she may want or need to be, she attends groups, meets for Peer Services, and is consistent in communication with me. She had found herself in a place of... Read More Here!