Compeer connects with Westlake community

The Compeer Program at Far West Center, located in Westlake, is a nonprofit program that strives to end the loneliness and isolation too often experienced by adults managing a chronic mental illness. The symptoms of mental illness are treatable with medication and most symptoms subside with health management services.

Some adults in recovery from mental illness become isolated because they have lost connections with the peers in their age groups and also may have developed anxiety or depression. The volunteers in the Compeer Program work along with staff to encourage these isolated adults to come out and go to community places and engage in community activities. Compeer is helping adults connect with inviting places and engaging activities throughout Westlake.  

Twice each month Compeer volunteers, members and staff get together to engage in fun social activities with residents of assisted living facilities. One Tuesday evening each month Compeer goes to the Gardens at Westlake on Detroit Road to share games, stories and laughter with the members of their “Residents Club.” On one Wednesday evening each month we visit our friends at the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve on Dover Center Road to enjoy friendly challenges in Scrabble, Rummy, trivia, and other games. Everyone involved benefits from these special connections of friendship. 

Westlake Porter Public Library offers an enriching opportunity to help out the Friends of Porter Public Library in their volunteer work at the “Book Nook” resale shop. Compeer volunteers, members and staff lend a hand with sorting, shelving and customer service at the Book Nook several times each month. This opportunity connects Compeer members to WPPL resources, meaningful activities and warm, welcoming people in our community.

Compeer and Westlake share a belief that the best ways to socialize are to have fun! We have community game nights at WPPL which include group interactive “Fun Fact Jeopardy” games. We will be enjoying the tastes of summer ice cream at Friendly’s in August. Compeer plans to join Westlake in sharing the music in the summer air at two of the many community outdoor concerts being offered, “Arrival” at Westlake Recreation Center and “Qwik Sil-Ver” at Crocker Park. As if all the fun of guessing, tasting and dancing weren’t enough Compeer will celebrate at our annual summer picnic at Bradley Woods on Aug. 22! 

Westlake offers many inviting ways for Compeer volunteers to encourage isolated adults to come out, join in, and connect to the community. We need more adult volunteers to offer friendship to adults in recovery from mental illness. Compeer volunteering is flexible and fits any busy schedule. Please consider getting involved in our rewarding social program that runs on human kindness. Call Compeer at 440-835-6212, ext. 242, and get connected!

Denise Ayres

The Compeer Program has been serving adults that are managing mental illness from our Far West Center office beginning in 1989! The Compeer Program is a branch of Compeer, Inc., an international organization with an evidence based program model. Compeer matches adult volunteers with same gender adult consumers of mental health services to provide friendship, emotional support, and encouragement. Denise Ayres, Compeer Program Coordinator, is a Licensed Social Worker with many years of working in adult mental health services.  Holly Henderson, Peer Support Specialist,is certified as a state Peer Counselor.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:38 AM, 07.22.2014