Those engaged in our Mentor Program are survivors. They have overcome challenges, resolved barriers, and successfully made the jump from homelessness to permanent housing. And they are passionate about helping others to do the same.
Through peer-guiding, advising and supportive teaching, Transition Projects’ Mentors help those who are beginning their journey out of homelessness to identify and harness their strengths, support systems, resources, and skills.
Mentors provide motivation and navigation in obtaining employment, mental health, addictions, and medical services utilizing a strength-based and solution-focused approach. Created in 2011, the Mentor Program today has more than 170 graduates, the majority of whom have succeeded in gaining further stability by connecting to employment and community.
The Mentor Program supports both the professional development of formerly homeless individuals (Mentors) as well as provides essential peer services to persons experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction (Mentees). The four-month program combines 40 hours of mental health, addictions, and social services curriculum with 200 hours of supervised internship in Transition Projects’ programs. Mentors are formerly homeless individuals with lived recovery experience who bring unique insight and empathy to the traumas of poverty and homelessness.