January 23, 2003 Volunteer group for mentally ill forms at UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth announces the implementation of a new Faith In Action Community Service volunteer program called Compeer. Westport resident Karen Nourse is coordinator for this new program

Volunteer group for mentally ill forms at UMass Dartmouth 

UMass Dartmouth announces the implementation of a new Faith In Action Community Service volunteer program called Compeer. Westport resident Karen Nourse is coordinator for this new program. 

Compeer coordinates and trains volunteers to share friendship with people diagnosed with mental illness who reside in greater New Bedford and Fall River. The goal of the Compeer Program is to assist children and adults receiving mental health treatment to reach their maximum level of functioning by fostering a caring supportive relationship between them and the volunteer. Referrals to the program come from mental health professionals, who continue to provide support. 

Ms. Nourse brings a wide range of volunteer coordination experience to this new program. Prior to her appointment as Coordinator of the Compeer Program, she directed a Friendly Visitor program for the Volunteer Center of Western Connecticut and was President of Habitat for Humanity of Litchfield Hills. 

Compeer provides a ftraining program tailored to the volunteer's schedule. Volunteers make a one year commitment to the relationship, and spend an average of four hours per month.. To volunteer or receive additional information, contact Karen Nourse at (508) 542-0203 or compeer@umassd.edu


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