Volunteer, Residential Treatment Home #1462

This program serves adult male clients in a residential setting who are experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and behavioral problems. This position provides coverage for two five-bed residential treatment homes for clients transitioning back into the community.

Volunteer-Residential Treatment Home

Location: NE Portland

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW volunteers are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules


  • Provide a safe and secure environment for clients.  Make regular, assigned rounds to ensure that residents and areas are safe and secure.
  • Provide skills training in activities of daily living, including meal preparation, housekeeping chores, interpersonal relationships, effective communication, etc.
  • Light office work and housekeeping duties as needed.  Examples include making photocopies, faxing and scanning documents, creating documents, vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, etc.  Use site equipment competently, including office machines, alarm systems, generators, etc.
  • Provide support and assistance during site emergencies (inclement weather, earthquakes, fire, etc.), following site policies and procedures.
  • Document and maintain client records to ensure compliance with LifeWorks NW and contractual guidelines.  Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment. 
  • Accurately completes on-line trainings.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Organize, supervise and encourage client participation in recovery-oriented social, educational and recreational activities. 
  • Participate in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Attend informational and meetings which may include some staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff and required trainings.


  • Good communication and listening skills.
  • The ability to make decisions quickly and remain calm and be flexible.
  • Ability to establish and maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries with the clients and their children. 
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries both on and offsite.

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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