Peer Support Connections.


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Our Mission

The mission of VolunPEER™ is to get, give, and grow peer support for Those in need. Sharing lived experiences for connection will be offered with a foundation of training, support and resources to guide the VolunPEER™ services. VolunPEER™ will partner with organizations and communities where support is a focus to expand and enhance peer support across the country.

GET Peer Support

We face an unprecedented time of mental health crises, isolation depression and anxiety in our country. Never before has connection and healing been needed so much and VolunPEER™ Mentors are ready and waiting to walk beside you since you will be connected to someone who has walked in your shoes.

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GIVE Peer Support

Connecting as a VolunPEER™ Mentor will offer your shared lived experiences, resources and support to someone else in need. You’ve been through an experience that can be shared to support and serve someone else.

Give Peer Support

GROW Peer Support

Many groups and organizations have organically or intentionally started peer support activities as a tool to support those in need. At VolunPEER™ we want to join your efforts to promote the effective use of peer support to build resilience in those you serve and within your organizations. Please complete the form below to request a VolunPEER™ Consultation or Training!

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2024 VolunPEER™ Calendar of Events

VolunPEER™ Resilience Center, 174 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland New Jersey 07068 / Virtual events will be ZOOM invites.

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January 2024

January 20, 2024 3:00pm-4:00 pm VolunPEER™ Clergy Support group / GET VolunPEER™ support event

January 28, 2024 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm VolunPEER™ Resilience Center Grand Opening / GROW VolunPEER™ support event

February 2024

February 18, 2024 2:00pm -5:00 pm VolunPEER™ Mentor Training/ Session One / GIVE VolunPEER™ support event

February 20, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (virtual) VolunPEER™ Loss support group / GET VolunPEER™ support event

February 29, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm VolunPEER™ Aligning Mind/Body w/Dr Fisher /GROW VolunPEER™

March 2024

March 16, 2024 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm VolunPEER™ Maker Academy “Maker Day” / GROW VolunPEER™ support event

March 24, 2024 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm VolunPEER™ Mentor Training Session Two / GIVE VolunPEER™ support event

March 26, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm VolunPEER™ 9/11 support group / GET VolunPEER™ support event

April 2024

April 16, 2024 6:30 pm - 8:30pm VolunPEER™ Resilience & the Roseland Library / GROW VolunPEER™ support event

April 21, 2024 2:00pm - 5:00 pm VolunPEER™ Peer Mentor Training Session Three / GIVE VolunPEER™ support event

April 30, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm VolunPEER™ First Responder/9/11 Support Group / GET VolunPEER™ support event

May 2024

May 19, 2024 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm VolunPEER™ Peer Mentor Training Session Four/ GIVEVolunPEER™ support event

May 21, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm VolunPEER™ Mom support group / GET VolunPEER™ support event

May 28, 2024 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm VolunPEER™ Tribute Garden Project / GROW VolunPEER™ support event

June 2024

June 9, 2024 3:00pm - 5:00 pm VolunPEER™ Peer Mentor Team Event / GIVE VolunPEER™ support event

June 11, 2024 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm VolunPEER™ Resilience & the Roseland Library/ GROW VolunPEER™ support event

June 18, 2024 6:30 pm - 7:30pm VolunPEER™ Non Profit/Partners Resilience Event / GET VolunPEER™ support event

July 2024- December 2024 TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

VolunPEER™ Survivor Informed Peer Support© - The model

VolunPEER™'s Survivor Informed Peer Support© ( SIPS) A new model of peer support that emphasizes the survivor's shared lived experience to serve someone else in need. SIPS targets survivors of disasters, trauma, abuse, medical illness, and groups with unique challenges who will find a reciprocal and transformative healing experience through peer support connections. SIPS tasks include reflection, connection, information sharing, wellness planning, and community resilience building for a sustainable integrated approach to peer support.

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  • Emphasize survivor strengths, self-care
  • Confidential/Combats stigma
  • Encourages Wellness plans/Resilience Building
  • Survivors will find experience Reciprocal
  • Trauma Informed-Informs Resource & service gaps in communities
  • Structured Training for SIPS Peer support roles

Our Founder, Cherie Castellano

Watch this video to learn a bit more about VolunPEER™ and how it was formed.
As featured as a "Life Changer" on Life's About Change!

Latest Articles:

“Survivor Informed Peer Support©” (SIPS): Two Decades of Peers Rising as “VolunPEERS”
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VolunPEER of Roseland provides peer-led mental health support to those in need
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"Reciprocal Peer Support" (RPS): A Decade of Not So Random Acts of Kindness
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