Peer mentors are the heartbeat of our Therapeutic Recreation and Adventures Program. Our peer mentors, along with community partners Dignity Health, Ability 360, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, offer an extensive training program to help people who have successfully adapted to a neurological disability to become mentors to another individual facing a similar circumstance.
These volunteers offer mentorship, help, and encouragement to people who are struggling to adapt to a neurological disability. They are trained to be able to guide and support those who have had a stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or another neurological injury or illness by helping them take advantage of opportunities involving sports and recreation, technology, support groups, transportation and driving, work and careers, education, and volunteering.
Making a Difference
Our Peer Mentorship Program differs from other support programs. When our volunteer meets the person that he or she will mentor, it initiates a long-term support relationship that continues beyond the hospital, all the way up through and beyond home and community reintegration. Our mentors are proactive as they reach out and offer support, yet they are also aware that support is best offered when it is ready to be received.
The process of reintegration can be a long one, and we realize that everybody progresses at different rates. However, participants in the Peer Mentorship Program can be assured that when they need one, a mentor will be there for them, ready to help them on their way to living an active life!
How to Join
We have more than fifty mentors of all ages living all over the state of Arizona.
If you would like to meet a mentor, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor yourself, please contact Tammy Abbott-Theil at [email protected] or (602) 406-3421.