Houselink Community Homes combines work, supportive housing and inclusive community to promote and help people recover from mental illness and addiction. This report reviews two strategies that can help people living with mental health and substance abuse issues find work. The first strategy involves personally supporting Houselink members in their search for jobs. The second strategy involves Houselink employees sharing their lived experiences through the organization’s Inclusive Employment Strategy. While implementing both of these strategies, Houselink found that members who are supported in their search for work acquire better social skills, as well as feel more confident and competent overall. Houselink also learned ways to improve the organization, which can inform similar programs currently in development. This review gives voice to the experience of both members and employees alike.
Authors: Kathryn Storey, Judy James, Jessica Petrillo, Carol Zoulalian and Jackie Rankine
Published By: Houselink Community Homes, (416) 539-0690
Publication Date: September, 2013