Befrienders are matched with a SURVIVORS' client in order to help to welcome them to the San Diego community. The goals of the program are to: 1) help build clients' self-esteem and empower them to live independently in their new communities and 2) build awareness about survivors and give local community members an opportunity to help address their needs. The nature of the friendship is shaped by the specific needs and interests of both the Client/Friend and the Volunteer/Befriender. It generally includes a combination of social and advocacy-related activities like meeting for coffee, attending free events, practicing English or learning to use the bus system. The recommended commitment is 6-8 hrs/month for 6 months.
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