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Reeve Foundation Peer and Family Support Program

Peer & Family Support Program Recruitment Tips

Peer recruitment is a top priority for the Peer & Family Support Program (PFSP) so that we can continue to engage and help as many of our community members as possible. In order to arm you with the correct information and language, we have developed peer recruitment tips. Another great source of information for you is our web page, www.christopherreeve.org/peer. We hope that the below tips help guide you to help us increase peer mentoring in your local community. If you have suggestions as to other ways to spread the word about the PFSP, reach out -- we would love to hear them! You can email us at peer@christopherreeve.org.

Individual Outreach

Following are some easy ways to promote the importance of peer mentoring to your family, friends, colleagues, and people you know in the community who may be interested in becoming peers.

- Download the PFSP brochure (PDF) and distribute. Hard copies are available as well, please email peer@christopherreeve.org.
- Easily send an email about the PFSP and the benefits of peer mentoring to a family member, friend, colleague, etc.
- You can also send potential peers to our webpage, ChristopherReeve.org/peer, where they can learn more about the program, our peer mentors, and how to request a mentor.

Organizational Outreach

As a trained peer mentor or as a community member you are in a position to help the Reeve Foundation raise awareness of the importance of peer mentoring and the PFSP. Together we can achieve our goal of a national peer program that has mentors and peers in every state and reaches thousands of people living with paralysis, their family and caregivers. You can help us to reach people who may need mentoring by identifying organizations that serve the paralysis community. From hospitals, rehab centers, and nonprofits, you have insider knowledge and potential contacts to reach these facilities that can help to integrate the PFSP.

In-services are a simple and easy way to educate an organization on the PFSP and to integrate peer mentoring within your community. You don't have to do anything but identify the hospital, rehab center, non-profit or other facility/institution and contact person. We will then follow up to arrange for an in-service presentation.

A Reeve Foundation staff member will deliver a brief 20-30 minute presentation, engage the audience and answer any questions. It is a great opportunity to provide more detail about the PFSP with a large group in attendance and for us to learn more about the hosting organization.

If you have a host(s) in mind, please contact your respective Regional Coordinator (PDF Map) or email us at peer@christopherreeve.org.

Office Hours Program
This program provides regularly scheduled outreach and mentoring in participating hospitals, rehab centers, non-profits, and other organizations for people living with paralysis, their family members and support networks, caregivers, etc. Peer mentors will be asked to actively participate on a rotating basis by acting as the on-site mentor during scheduled hours.

The host organization will be asked to:
- Promote the Office Hours program and partnership:
-- Post flyers, keep materials stocked, include info in discharge paperwork, etc.
-- Send email blasts to the host’s various email lists
-- Showcase one story annually in host’s publication(s)
- Provide an office or a private area for the PM and peer meetings
- Invite marketing, social media, and community outreach staff members to meet and discuss marketing opportunities and peer recruitment efforts
- Offer two in-services a year
- Agree to the Office Hour referral process
- Store Office Hour program materials

This program will target areas where we currently have certified PMs and individual states with a limited number of PMs.

No one hospital, foundation or mentor program can fill the national void of support and education left by shorter hospital stays for the newly injured and the reduction or elimination of services at the local and state levels. We believe partnering with facilities that want to offer peer mentoring and existing peer mentoring programs will help fill the national void and help us continue to build the only true national mentoring program. We recognize and appreciate the exceptional peer mentoring work already being done at organizations and institutions across the country, as well as support groups that do not have peer mentoring programs.

If you know of any hospitals, rehab centers, nonprofits or facilities serving the paralysis community that offer mentoring or you think want to offer mentoring, please let us know. It doesn’t matter if you have a contact person or not, just send us any information you have and we will follow-up. You can email us at peer@christopherreeve.org.

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American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social WorkersPromote research to improve quality of care and works to improve skills and techniques of members.

Caregiver.comOffers a directory of support groups for caregivers.

NJ Self-Help Group ClearinghouseEnables people to help themselves with self-help groups.

University of Alabama at BirminghamOffers an information sheet (Info Sheet #11) on bladder care and management.

Paralysis Resource Center The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

Reeve Foundation Online Paralysis Community Connecting people living with paralysis, families, friends and caregivers so we can share support, experience, knowledge, and hope.

Quality of Life Grants DatabaseFind resources within the PRC Quality of Life Grants Database. Search by Zip Code, State or an Entire Category.

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The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time. International callers use 973-467-8270. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship areencouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.