Compeer

Voluntary supportive friendships that help people recovering from mental illness

Compeer, an old English noun, means companion or peer. Our Compeer Program matches volunteers in one-to-one relationships with adults recovering from mental illness and children with serious emotional problems. Compeer recruits, interviews, screens, trains and supports the volunteers, who commit to visit their Compeer friend for a minimum of four hours a month for one year. By sharing friendships, volunteers help to offset the loneliness and isolation that accompany mental illness. They provide supportive friendship, advocacy, increased social interaction, positive role models and access to educational and recreational activities in the community. Additionally, they offer valuable respite time for families with children struggling to overcome emotional problems.

Compeer Calling matches volunteers who make weekly phone calls to people in treatment for mental illness who request this service.

For more information, view the brochure.

Contact: Laura Stein, Compeer coordinator
Phone: 914-761-0600 ext 208  
E-mail:  lstein@wjcs.com

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