Counties served: Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Tioga & Union
Peer Support is an amenity provided by a person who has ‘been there and done that’. Centers for Independent living employ over 50% of their staff being persons with disabilities, who can mentor others by modeling, sharing experiences and feelings, and awareness of disability issues. Peer Support may occur while receiving other CILNCP services but not to be confused with our Peer Mentoring Program where volunteers with disabilities mentor others.
Peer Mentoring is a unique program in which a person is paired with a mentor, with a similar disability, to help the mentee achieve independence. A mentor, who is a volunteer, provides assistance and support to a mentee by sharing their own life experiences and empowerment.
A peer mentor may:
- Teach the mentee how to use the bus, Uber services, or transportation services such as STEP.
- Accompany the mentee to a physician appointment to assist with communication and advocacy.
- Teach the mentee life skills: such as how to use a laundry facility, budget their money, balance a checking account, plan healthy meals, and cook.
- Help the mentee become integrated into the community.
- Offer friendship and encouragement to the mentee.
- Provide peer counseling to the mentee.
- Help the mentee overcome obstacles and barriers.
- Teach the mentee how to advocate for themselves.
If you would like to volunteer as a Mentor, please download the Peer Mentoring Application.
Complete the application and mail the application to our office: