Creating a Culture of Work


Developed by Nicole Clevenger, Steve Shober, Patrick E. Boyle, and Paul M. Kubek

This poster outlines a relational process (including stages of change) that promotes employment and housing stability among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Display this poster in your workplace. Designed for a variety of housing services:

  • PSH/Permanent Supportive & Independent Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Residential
  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Emergency Shelters
  • YMCA & YWCA Housing
  • Community CPST
  • Recovery Houses

Why Create a Culture of Work?

Stable housing gives people who are living with mental illness and addiction a foundation to succeed in recovery. Employment often contributes to stable housing. Work can provide residents with something to do and someplace to go during the day; a sense of identity, belonging, and community; financial stability; independence; and hope and optimism. The way you respond to and interact with residents can positively influence their employment journeys.

Use this resource to build self-awareness about your attitudes, thoughts, and communication style as you conduct your work. Keep your attention centered on residents. Encourage their motivation to change.

We have also developed a smaller (8.5x11”) version of this poster as well as a 5x11” reminder card that features nine questions.

Download the large (18x24”) poster.
Download the mini (8.5x11”) poster.
Download the (5x11”) reminder card.