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Advocates are the heart of CHAP. As an Advocate, you serve as a friend to a participant. "Participant" is the term we use to refer to CHAP’s guests. You will spend about an hour per week helping your Participant define goals, prepare to work to again, or chat about life.
Participants want someone to listen. Being an Advocate allows you to change a Participant’s life by taking the time to get know who they are.
Typical Advocate activities:
- Share stories and spend time together
- Meet weekly to discuss goals
- Help your Participant find meaningful community and work-related activities
- Drive your Participant to appointments (when available)
As an Advocate, you will come to know that CHAP’s guests are people just like you. It’s your friendship that will make all the difference. Please send us your contact information at CHAP4claremont@gmail.com if you would like to serve as an Advocate.
Will I be responsible for the Participant’s mental health?
Advocates are in no way responsible for their Participant’s mental health. CHAP is not a therapeutic agency. If mental health concerns arise, CHAP will connect the Participant with the appropriate support.
Do I need experience working with homeless people to be an Advocate?
No. We ease you into the program by placing you in another volunteer role before becoming an Advocate. We also work hard to support our Advocates. To ensure that you are never alone, you will gather each month with all other Advocates to discuss your work with your participant. We also provide Advocate trainings.
How long do Advocate/Participant relationships last?
Relationships last as long as the Participant is working towards life goals. This could be a year or longer.
About CLAREMONT HOMELESS ADVOCACY PROGRAM - CHAP
830 W BONITA AVE, CLAREMONT, CA 91711, US
CHAP seeks to help our Claremont homeless neighbors find their way home.
CHAP focuses on providing empowering mentorship to enable single men and women to work again and secure sustainable housing. Homeless residents are given the opportunity to sleep in a safe environment and a place to store their personal belongings 365 days a year. Within its five year history, CHAP has helped 15 individuals reach gainful employment and sustainable housing.
But our work at CHAP is just beginning. There are still many homeless residents in Claremont. By providing them with a friendly mentor and a safe place to sleep, we believe that we can help them reach their goals.
Located in downtown Claremont, CHAP is an all-volunteer organization. At CHAP, you will find volunteers either paired with an individual homeless resident or managing the overnight accommodation. Every hour that a dedicated volunteer spends at CHAP directly impacts a homeless neighbor. We believe that any volunteer can immediately change a homeless person’s life. Will you be that person?
We'll work with your schedule.
Friends Meeting (Quaker)727 Harrison AveClaremontClaremont, CA 91711