Compeer: Companionship for People with Severe Mental Illness and Seniors At-Risk
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 iis 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 Health Journal.
Shelley Danser, LCSW