Center for Family Life & Recovery in need of volunteers

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UTICA — The Center for Family Life & Recovery is in need of volunteers for its Compeer program. Compeer Utica is a mentoring program by serving both children and adults, throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties, who are affected by mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Compeer program matches community volunteers to serve as supportive friends to those youths and adults, with the goal being to empower and support them in their journey towards recovery.

The programs include:

One-to-One Youth Program: volunteers are matched with youths that are either at risk or affected by a mental health disorder;

One-to-One Adult Friendship Program: volunteers are matched with adults suffering from a mental health disorder;

Vet-to-Vet: veteran volunteers are matched with other veterans who are either receiving mental health services and/or are in need of a supportive friend;

GrandPeer Program: volunteers are matched with adults living in nursing homes or independent living facilities; and

Compeer Calling/E-buddies: volunteers are connected to their friend via phone/text or via email

Being in quarantine is hard on everyone, especially on those affected with mental health disorders.

“At Compeer Utica, we also believe in the power of friendship,” according to the announcement by the organization. “We only ask for four hours monthly...It only takes one hour a week to make an impact in somebody’s life!”

The Center for Family Life and Recovery supports individuals and/or families struggling with addiction, mental health and behavioral issues by inspiring hope, providing help, promoting wellness and transforming lives, the agency said. To learn more, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com or call 315-733-1709.

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