Senior Peer Counseling Program
Offering your services to the Senior Peer
Counseling Program will help support outreach efforts to isolated and homebound
adults in Sacramento County. Last year our program reached 159 clients.
Sacramento has a proud tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, and today this
volunteer spirit is needed more than ever before. Consider the benefits of
volunteering:› It provides a way to be useful by helping others. The work
is enjoyable and makes one feel needed.
Volunteerism is good for the heart. It increases your self-esteem and lessens
stress and depression.
Studies show that people who volunteer live longer, healthier, and happier
People will appreciate your efforts.
You can help somebody not as fortunate as you.
And of course, you may have your own compassionate reasons.
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Your Help Is Appreciated
Because there are not enough volunteers to always
meet client needs, the program has to be selective and take only clients with
the greatest needs. But we want to reach as many as possible. That’s
where you fit in.
Your Role As
As a Peer Counselor, you
offer clients help with everyday life – maybe
you’ll go to the grocery store to pick up bread
or milk, or to the pharmacy for medications, or run
any other errand a good neighbor might.
Our volunteers visit their clients on a regular
basis for an hour or so at a time. They often help a senior make use of
community resources and utilize dental, vision, and hearing services. Advice on
and health issues is also available. Senior Peer Counseling volunteers also
assist clients at the second site, the MedClinic Geriatric Network.
Of course, you don’t have to be a senior
yourself to become a peer counselor. But you should have an interest in being
with someone who has an interesting history and personality. If this sounds
like you, please call (916) 366-4600 to learn more.
Senior Peer Counseling
Founded in 1983, Senior Peer Counseling is a
program that meets critical community needs Senior Services Administrator Donna
Reynolds has conducted the program under the auspices of the Mental Health
Association, Sacramento Chapter and through funding by the Sacramento
Employment Training Agency (SETA), the County of Sacramento, Division of Mental
Health, and Area 4 Agency on Aging.
What They Are Saying
“We are a band-aid on a very serious problem.
There is an enormous increase every year in the number of elderly people who
need our services.”
- Donna Reynolds, Senior Services Administrator
“I feel I have more compassion for these
seniors because I am a senior citizen too, and because I am lucky enough to
have a very supportive family.”
- Josephine Lee, Senior Peer Counselor
“Our assistance comes from the heart. This
job has brought me more rewards than any paid position I have ever done.”
- Charles Webster, Senior Peer Counselor
“This job is good for my health. It keeps me
active and prevents depression.” - Walter Olson, Senior Peer Counselor