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Bethany is changing the world through family. We began our work by serving one child more than 75 years ago. Today, Bethany is an international Christian nonprofit partnering with communities in more than 30 states and in several countries around the world. We strengthen and preserve families, support displaced people fleeing danger, and find safe, loving families for children who need them. Bethany is at the forefront of creating and implementing solutions to meet the growing needs of vulnerable children and families in the U.S. and around the world.

The ReNew Peer Support Specialist is primarily responsible for providing support to clients in recovery from a substance use disorder. This individual will also be responsible for serving as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to recovering clients, while assisting with the prevention of relapse and promote long-term recovery. This individual must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships.

This position is expected to function effectively with moderate supervision while following the guidelines given on procedures, along with agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements.

Bethany Christian Services
Meadville, Pennsylvania

Maintain accurate project logs, reports, and records in the appropriate files and databases, while seamlessly collaborating with the Woman’s Advocacy Case Manager;
Provide recovery education to service recipients through the full cycle of recovery from pre- recovery engagement to sustained recovery maintenance;
Serve as a role model who illustrates the possibility of recovery to staff and clients;
Assist clients with identifying their personal interests, goals, strengths, and weaknesses with a focus on recovery in four major dimensions to include health, home, purpose, and community;
Assist and coach clients with developing a recovery advancement plan with the goal of reaching “the life they want”;
Effectively facilitate the transition between a professionally assisted recovery initiation to personally directed, community supported recovery maintenance;
Promote self-advocacy for clients to include the client’s needs, goals, and objectives are focused on during rehabilitation and clinical services;
Identify and provide the appropriate professional and community referrals that support the client’s goals and interest, as needed;
Develop and maintain positive working relationships with community groups and agencies;
Identify internal and external barriers to full participation in community resources and develop a plan to overcome those barriers;
Effectively maintain contact by phone and/or email to recovering clients after program completion, as needed to support long-term engagement, support, and encouragement;
Develop, implement, and promote on-going community training opportunities;
Promote the ReNew program and opportunities in collaboration with staff and other community professionals;
Complete other duties as assigned.


High School Diploma or equivalent; Bachelor’s level degree in Human Services, Social Work or related field of study from an accredited college, preferred;
Demonstrated work experience in the last three years with 12 months of successful paid employment;
Must acquire and meet the qualifications of set forth for Certified Peer Support;
Demonstrated work knowledge of drug and alcohol treatment system(s) with a commitment to the recovery community;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must have an ability to provide excellent and compassionate customer service;
Must be reliable with time sensitive deadlines and tasks;
Work well under pressure and adaptable to change;
Ability to work independently and exercise a high level of confidentiality;
Computer skills sufficient to perform essential functions including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite;
Must be 21 years old with a valid driver’s license with at least 3 years driving experience in the U.S. to operate a vehicle on behalf of Bethany. Must also pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check and maintain a reliable vehicle with proof of adequate insurance coverage;
Pass a criminal history screen, including state and local child protection agency registries;
Subscription to and integration of the agency Statement of Faith and Mission Statement.

Contact Info

Tai L. Dean
Bethany Christian Services