Developed by Nicole Clevenger, Steve Shober (link to SS), 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
- 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.