Compeer seeks 'community friends,' donations for holiday party

A primary goal of the Compeer Program at Far West Center is to provide friendship to adults in recovery from mental illness. Compeer has a “Match” program in which adult volunteers from our communities are trained and matched, one to one, same gender, to  Compeer members. The volunteers provide friendship and communication to adults trying to stop isolating and to reconnect to their communities. 

Compeer would like to extend a warm welcome to our two new volunteers, Krystal and Carol! We also want to give a big “thank you” to our present and ongoing volunteers. Their friendship and time are truly a gift. Our Compeer Program is in need of many more men and women to become volunteers. We would love to have some Westlake and Bay Village residents inquire about Compeer volunteering. If you can find four hours a month to be a friend, please call 440-835-6212, ext. 242.

Compeer also provides a Quarterly Schedule that lists weekly, facilitated events. Members and volunteers are invited to attend these events. Through scheduling these events, Compeer has found a new and fantastic kind of friendship. We have gotten to know several community organization leaders and business owners. Mayor Clough of Westlake has been a longtime supporter of Compeer.

Our list of supportive “community friends” includes (but is not limited to) the Westlake Recreation Center, Caribou Coffee in Westlake, the Bay Village Green Team, and the Observer. Andrew Mangels and his staff at the Westlake Porter Public Library, have been providing many interesting and fun skill building opportunities for Compeer. Mark and Tina Nazario, owners of Bay Lanes, have welcomed Compeer bowlers twice a month and treat us like family! Carlton Woods, Conductor of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, treated Compeer to the beautiful concert described in our previous Observer article.

If you are part of a Westlake or Bay Village organization and/or business and are interested in becoming a “Community Friend” of the Compeer Program please call the above mentioned phone number.

Every year it is tradition that Compeer holds a Winter Holiday Party in order to celebrate those friendships that have changed lives! This year the party will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Bay Lodge. This party and the dinner are created completely by donations. So far we have received some generous donations such as a ham from Mark and Tina of Bay Lanes, a gift basket from BAYarts, a framed print from Scheduledprints.com, and other private donors. 

We are still in need of necessary items, such as loaves of bread, side dishes, veggie trays, disposable table covers (round, 5 ft. tables), disposable dinnerware, entertainment and raffle prizes. Any one of these would be so helpful in making the Compeer Winter Holiday Party a special event. 

Soon it will be time for most of us to gather with friends to celebrate the past year and the new one to come. As you think of your past holiday parties, try to reflect on what your friendships have meant to you. Our Compeer Program aims to provide valuable friendships to adults that are in need of friends. If you, your business, organization, and/or group of friends would like to be part of our Compeer Program please contact us!

Denise Ayres is the Compeer Program Coordinator.

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Volume 2, Issue 23, Posted 12:39 PM, 11.12.2010