COMPEER PROGRAM

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc.’s (CFLR, Inc.) Compeer Program matches trained volunteers in one-to-one supportive friendships and mentoring relationships. Healthy friendships enable the adults, youth and veterans who we serve to become more socially integrated into the Community and to reach their greater independence. The consistent, caring relationships formed between mentors and their mentees (Compeer Friends) fosters a sense of belonging, trust and self-esteem in the people referred to the program.

History

In January 2013, through a strategic alignment, Compeer of the Mohawk Valley, Inc. and Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. agreed to enter into a mutually beneficial partnership, which entailed the continuity of services being offered – to the Community – by Compeer of the Mohawk Valley, Inc.; now, as a program of Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Compeer, Inc. – the parent organization of CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program – was founded in 1973 in Rochester, New York & started with just twelve volunteers. Today, nearly 5,000 volunteers serve people with mental illness in Compeer locations around the world. The National Institute of Mental Health chose Compeer as a model program in 1982, and funded the development of similar programs throughout the nation. Today, Compeer, Inc. is a model mental health organization with nearly 100 locations in the United State, Canada and Australia. Routinely recognized as a nation model, the agency has received the President Recognition Award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service award, the Presidential Volunteer Action award, four Points of Light awards and recognition from the American Psychiatric Association.

Make A Connection. Making Friends, Changing Lives.

CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program has over 85 adults, youth and volunteers waiting to be matched. If you think you might be the right person, please give Kathy Peters, Compeer/Prevention Specialist a call at (315) 768-2650 or kpeters@cflrinc.org. Thank you!

Cooperative Friendships

CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program fosters friendship, and matches trained volunteers in one-to-one supportive friendships and mentoring relationships with at-risk youth, adults and veterans receiving mental health treatment in Oneida and Herkimer County, New York.


Youth: Provides youth receiving mental health treatment, aged 5 to 18, with the opportunity to develop a positive friendship with a fellow youth and/or adult mentor.


Adults: Provides adults receiving mental health treatment with the opportunity to develop a positive friendship with an adult mentor, aged 18 years and older.


Veterans: Provides veterans receiving mental health treatment with the opportunity to develop a positive friendship with a fellow veteran, aged 18 years and older.


Referring Professionals: CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program partners with local agencies and organizations, whose professional staff seeks referrals for youth, adults and veterans to this program. The friendships formed through CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program enable the mentees that are served to become more socially integrated into the community, and to reach greater independence. The consistent, caring relationships formed between mentors and mentees fosters a true sense of belonging, trust and self-esteem. If you or a member of your staff is interested in making a referral for an adult, youth or veteran to CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program, please call (315) 768-2650, Monday through Friday from 8:30A.M. – 4:00P.M. Or, click the following to download a Youth or Adult Referral Form.Adult

Mentoring Opportunities

Youth Mentoring: Through CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program, several opportunities exist for mentors to develop supportive friendships with youth mentees. They include the following:

Peer Mentoring: This program matches trained and sensitive youth mentors with mentees–roughly the same age–that are diagnosed with a mental illness, in order to create a positive connection with a peer. Youth mentors and mentees participating in this program develop the necessary skills needed to build positive peer relationships by increasing self-esteem, improving social skills and providing emotional support.

One-to-One Youth Mentoring: Is a one-to-one match where adult mentors and youth, aged 5 to 18, spend a minimum of four hours per month together – via weekly visits – in a supportive friendship.

“We can get to know others, and perhaps make a new friend – maybe a best friend. Come and enjoy, have fun & learn new things through our activities. You may be amazed by what you do and it will benefit you. Come and be with other people doing positive things.”

 CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program Mentor Testimonial


Lunch Buddies: This program allows volunteers to meet a referred child – once a week – for lunch at their school. This program allows the mentor to act as a positive role model to the child in a school setting. Volunteers must be available during the child’s designated lunch period, and may bring their own lunch or purchase a school lunch from the cafeteria.  Lunch Buddies can play games, read stories, draw pictures, participate in a craft, and help out with school work or just talk. The volunteer and child remain matched in the program throughout the school year. At the end of the school year, the volunteer and youth have the opportunity to continue the program as a one-to-one match, or Pen Pal match for the summer.


Pen Pals: This program is offered to youth on our waiting list. Mentors have the opportunity to correspond with a youth and develop a positive relationship through their letters.


Adult Mentoring: Through CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program, engaged community members are recruited, screened, trained and matched in a supportive friendship with a professionally referred adult mentee, who is receiving mental health services. Several opportunities exist for mentors to develop a supportive friendship with an adult mentee. They include the following:


One-to-One Adult Mentoring: Is a one-to-one match where adult mentors and mentees, aged 18 years and older, spend a minimum of four hours per month together – via weekly visits – in a supportive friendship. These friends meet on a regular basis to participate in fun activities such as sports, movies, hiking, shopping, crafts and/or just to talk. Through these matches, mentors have the opportunity to offer emotional and social support to adult mentees, in order to help them fight the isolation and loneliness, which often accompanies mental illness.

“I am glad to be a role model for others who might be close minded about people who have disabilities.”

CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program Mentee Testimonial 


Compeer Calling:  This program allows mentors to form a phone friendship with an adult mentee, who is awaiting a one-to-one match. Mentors participating in this program contact their “phone friend” once a week to provide support and a listening ear.


E-Buddies / Pen Pals: Similar to Compeer Calling, the E-Buddies / Pen Pal programs allow mentors to form either an online or penned friendship with an adult mentee through correspondence via email or letters. Adult mentees participating in either of these programs are given the chance to express their feelings through letters, which can help lessen the severity of their emotional or behavioral disturbance.


Lunch Pals: Similar to the Youth Lunch Buddies Program, this initiative is a collaborative effort between CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program and the Rescue Mission of Utica. Once a week, mentors meet with their professionally referred adult mentee at the Rescue Mission for lunch, and engage in the formation of a positive caring friendship. Lunch is provided – free of charge – at the Rescue Mission of Utica’s Enriched Living Center cafeteria.


Coffee Club: Once a month, adult mentors waiting to be matched by CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program meet – in a casual setting – to socialize and participate in an activity. Coffee Club is a great opportunity for adult mentors, waiting to be matched with an adult mentee, to meet one another and, vice versa, for staff to get to know adult mentors, who are waiting to be matched. Coffee Club is held on the second Wednesday of each month at CFLR, Inc.’s Utica Office. Adult mentees may participate in this program if their referring professional has completed the appropriate referral application.


Veteran Mentoring: CFLR, Inc.’s veteran mentoring program provides our local veterans with the opportunity to experience and develop fellowship with a fellow veteran through the enhancement of rehabilitation and assistance for veterans receiving of mental health services by improving their sense of self-esteem, furthering their social skills and re-affirming their basic human dignity.


CompeerCORPS: In 2010, this program was established to serve veterans, aged 18 years and older, receiving mental health treatment, who needed assistance adjusting from combat to civilian life. This program specifically focuses on aiding newly returning veterans in developing a positive friendship with a fellow veteran, who has made the transition from combat to civilian life successfully, is willing to share their personal experiences, and fellowship with another veteran. Mentors and mentees of this program usually meet once a week – minimum of four hours a month – to participate in an activity, or just to talk.

Forms

Volunteer Application

Driver Record Search

Reference Check

Referral Forms

Compeer Youth and Child Referral Form

Compeer Adult Referral Form

 

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Giving

Gifts made to Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc.’s Compeer Program help match trained mentors in one-to-one supportive friendships and mentoring relationships with at-risk youth, adults and veterans receiving mental health treatment. Your gift has a direct impact upon the individuals, families and children that we serve by providing the necessary funds needed to support CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program. To make a restricted gift today, click here.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program and for your assistance in helping us spread the message of hope to our community; especially, to those who are suffering from mental health disorders. Remember, When There’s Help, There’s Hope.

Contact

CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program Team

Judith H. Reilly, CPP, Services Director, jreilly@cflrinc.org

(315) 768-2641

Kathy Peters, Compeer/Prevention Specialist, kpeters@cflrinc.org

(315) 768-2650

CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program Partners

Compeer, Inc.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

CFLR, Inc.’s Compeer Program Sponsors

Compeer, Inc.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

City of Utica, Community Development Block Grant

Oneida County Youth Bureau

Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest

To view additional sponsors or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Judith H. Reilly, CPP, Services Director, jreilly@cflrinc.org.