Peer Mentors offer peer-to-peer support which for most people with a spinal cord injury is the best support that they can get.
There is no greater support than that of your peers, which is exactly why United Spinal Association’s national Peer Mentoring Program is growing in leaps and bounds.
Connecting newly injured or diagnosed individuals with others who not only understand their issues but how to overcome them is extremely valuable. It can change someone’s state of mind, provide a positive outlook and lead to new opportunities that were never even considered possible. It’s easy to see the power of peer mentoring working with individuals who credit just how empowering and life changing their own mentors once were.
The goal of the Peer Mentoring program is to ensure individuals across the country are connected to the very best resources to help people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) maintain independent and active lives. The peer-to-peer mentoring is also provided to caregivers and family members, andguidance on all facets of living with SCI/D, including: employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care and education.
The trainings are led by Lindsey Elliott, United Spinal’s director of member initiatives, and have had an immediate impact according to participating chapter members. “This set an immensely solid foundation for our marquee program, that we feel will set the tone for our young organization,” said Richard Bagby, deputy director for United Spinal Association of Virginia.
To date United Spinal has conducted trainings all over the country, including: Houston; Pittsburgh; Las Vegas; Boston; Oklahoma City; Madison, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Rochester, New York; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Nashville, Tennessee. A total of 169 mentors have been trained throughout this incredible network. The program has grown and flourished thanks to generous funding from Hollister, Inc. The 2016 goal is to continue to work with United Spinal’s chapter network and train at additional sites.
If you are interested in learning more about the Peer Mentoring Program, please contact Lindsey Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.