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To connect adults in mental health recovery in friendships with caring, trained volunteers, thereby maximizing community participation and helping people recognize their full potential.
We match community volunteers in friendships with men and women in recovery from mental illness. Compeer Chester County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based program that matches caring adults with men and women who are managing serious mental illness. Each volunteer befriends one person of the same gender.
Sharing activities and conversation with a supportive friend has been shown to help a person with a psychiatric diagnosis feel more positive and hopeful (and less isolated). Friendships promote confidence and self-esteem, so vital for someone on their journey toward recovery.
The word "compeer" means peer, equal, companion, comrade. Compeer encourages volunteers and matched friends to view each other as equals, engaging in the give-and-take of mutual friendship.
Compeer is a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), supported by the Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MH/IDD) and private donations.
Our vision is that way people view persons with mental illness will be changed; persons in mental health recovery will feel more included in their communities, and their lives will be transformed by connecting them with one real friend.
COMPEER Chester County accepts donations. Donate Now.
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