Florida Beachdogs Adopt Compeer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 29/ -- Today, as part of their commitment to give back to the community, the Florida Beachdogs announced that they have "adopted" the Compeer Program of Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County. Compeer matches caring, enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers with adults recovering from depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorders -- all treatable mental illnesses. Volunteers agree to spend a minimum of one hour a week with their Compeer friends doing something they both enjoy. Activities can include shopping, attending the theater or a sporting event or just talking over a cup of coffee. What they do isn't important as just being together.
"People recovering from mental illnesses are often discriminated against because of a misguided stereotype. Everybody needs a friend and the Beachdogs are happy to meet this need for some of the Compeer members," stated Beachdogs President Jim Jennings. "It's amazing how much of a difference you can make with such a small investment of time. It's also important to remember that the friendship works both ways. Volunteers often get more out of the relationship than they ever dreamed."
Compeer is one of the Mental Health Association's many successful programs. More than 80 people recovering from mental illnesses were served by this Florida Compeer Program's volunteers in 1995, although there are 75 people still waiting for friends. Compeer in Florida is only one of the 119 Compeer programs in 32 states and three other countries. "We are looking forward to a rich, long-lasting partnership between Compeer and the Beachdogs," stated program director Christine Hirn. "This is a group of fine athletes who are as committed to the community as they are to the, game, of basketball. With a growing waiting list, we are always seeking additional volunteers. I strongly encourage other organizations to follow the Beachdogs' lead and adopt Compeer. The need is great and the rewards are tremendous." For more information about the Compeer Program or the Beachdogs' involvement, please call Christine Hirn at the Mental Health Assn. at 407-832-3755 or in southern Palm Beach County at 407-276-3581.
SOURCE Compeer Program -0- 8/29/96 /CONTACT: Katey Breen, Coordinator of the Compeer Program, 716-546-8280/
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