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Recovery Corps at Wayside

The Minnesota Recovery Corps is an 11-month program, sponsored by AmeriCorps, that pairs people in recovery from substance use disorder with their peers in recovery around the Twin Cities. 

As a ‘Recovery Navigator’ and official AmeriCorps member, you will focus on providing mentoring, peer support and resource navigation to help those still building their sobriety. You will assist with goals like housing, employment, wellness, education, finance and community building. The Recovery Navigator is not a sponsor or counselor, but a trained peer who understands the journey of recovery.

Serving as Recovery Navigator at Wayside

As a Recovery Navigator assigned to Wayside Recovery Center, you will support women, children and families at one of our three central treatment locations:

Women’s Treatment Center: An inpatient program for women whose substance use is complicated by other mental health issues. This program is typically 30-100 days of residential placement followed by 12 weeks of non-residential treatment and recovery maintenance. Our trauma-informed and gender-specific treatment services are designed to help women break the cycle of addiction, heal from the past and work towards wellness, stability and a better quality of life. 

Family Treatment Center: One of only five providers in Minnesota where women can enter treatment with their children. In our Family Residential Treatment Program, women strengthen their parenting skills and improve family relationships while focusing on recovery. Young children (ages birth-11) can live on-site and receive the services they need to thrive in a safe and supportive environment. This program is typically 45-100 days of residential treatment followed by 10 weeks of non-residential treatment.

Wellness Outpatient Center: Integrated and individualized outpatient treatment for women experiencing substance use and mental health disorders. Each woman’s treatment program is comprised of individual appointments, groups and independent skill development and practice. Women attend 5-13 hours of programming each week, either daytime or evening groups.

Perks of Joining the Recovery Corps 

  • Stipend paid every two weeks
  • Education award of up to $6,195
  • Free health insurance and child care assistance (for those who qualify)

You can learn more about becoming a Recovery Navigator at the Minnesota Recovery Corps website. You will find position requirements and qualifications, along with current Wayside Recovery Navigator openings.