Compeer: Companionship for Adults with Severe Mental Illness or At-Risk Seniors
Compeer harnesses the power of friendship and mentoring to combat the loneliness and isolation that people with mental illness often experience.
After being carefully screened and trained, a Compeer volunteer is matched with an individual of the same gender, often close in age, and with similar interests. Thanks to ongoing training and support, each Compeer volunteer is able to provide useful information about resources and services in addition to companionship.
By giving an hour a week of their time for at least a year, Compeer volunteers get to know some wonderful people - and they help speed and sustain the recovery of the people they befriend.
Compeer started in 1973 in Rochester, New York and is recognized as a best practice for recovery by the American Psychological Association.
Compeer's programs are routinely recognized for achieving measurable results:
- Our volunteer mentoring relationships build self-confidence and independence.
- Our programs save precious healthcare dollars by reducing hospitalization costs.
- All those involved in our programs - the people we serve, volunteers and therapists - give us outstanding effectiveness ratings, ranging from 94-100 % satisfaction.
People being treated for serious mental illness achieve a significant increase in social support and personal well-being, as a result of being matched in a Compeer mentoring relationship, according to a study published in the Community Mental HealthJournal.
The Compeer Program at Freedom House Recovery Center serves individuals in Orange, Person, Chatham, and Durham counties in North Carolina. We are currently expanding our program to include a Compeer for Seniors component serving seniors in our community who are isolated and experiencing mental health problems and dementia.Contact:
Shelley Danser, Program Coordinator: Shelley.D@fhrecovery.org
Compeer Volunteer: Become a Companion for Someone with Severe Mental Illness or an At-Risk Senior & Combat Stigma!
Interested in combating stigma that comes with mental illness? Join Compeer and help decrease isolation, loneliness, and low self-esteem by doing friendship-type activities out in the community with a Compeer friend - someone with mental illness or a senior who is isolated and at-risk for mental illness. Min. of 1 yr. commitment for 1 hr. a week or 4 hrs. a month.
Email Shelley Danser, the Program Coordinator, at Shelley.D@fhrecovery.org for more detailed information about the program, to receive an application and to sign up for the next Compeer Volunteer Training. Volunteers must complete an application with reference check, attend a 4 hour training, and have a fingerprint background check before being matched with a Compeer friend.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training