Pinebrook Family Answers Expands Compeer Program to Northampton County Pinebrook Family Answers' Compeer program is expanding into Northampton County

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Pinebrook Family Answers Expands Compeer Program to Northampton County

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Pinebrook Family Answers' Compeer program is expanding into Northampton County. The Compeer motto is, "Make a friend, change your life." Compeer of the Lehigh Valley matches adults who live with a chronic, long-term mental illness in friendships with adult volunteers. Volunteers spend one hour per week with their Compeer friend doing the standard kinds of things that friends do, chatting over a cup of coffee, going for a walk, playing cards, doing crafts, etc.

Volunteers receive three hours of training and must pass all of the same background checks that our employees must pass before being matched with a friend. We do ask that volunteers devote one hour per week for a period of one year to the volunteer experience and often these matches turn into true friendships. In fact, we often hear, "We don't need Compeer anymore because we are real friends."

Compeer volunteers learn how valuable friendships are to people who are striving towards good mental health. Since many of the people referred to Compeer have limited involvement with family or other friends, volunteers can provide the comfort and reassurance needed for coping with mental illness. Click here to learn more about the program or fill out a volunteer application. To see a short video click here.

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PbFA President, Bill Vogler Completes Rider-Pool Foundation's Collective Impact Fellowship

Bill Vogler, a member of the second class of Fellows, in The Rider-Pool Foundation's Collective Impact Fellowship recently completed the program. He was selected as the speaker representing the Fellows at the final celebration held on June 29.

The Collective Impact Fellowship was created in 2014 to effectively address and measurably improve complex quality of life challenges within neighborhoods surrounding the downtown Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) through a new system of non-profit leadership.

It brought together 9 leaders representing a diverse range of community-focused issue areas. It increases effectiveness by encouraging collaboration among organizations, provides tools for meaningful collaboration, and creates win-win strategies driven by a comprehensive approach to community development.

The Fellows received approximately 180 hours of training during the nine-month program from a faculty of national experts. Topics included in-depth knowledge and application of collective impact strategies; effective project design and evaluation; and leadership skills for broad-based collaboration.

Pinebrook Family Answers Receives Donation to Help Seniors

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Pinebrook Family Answers recently received a donation from The Cesar Bourdon Memorial Fund. The fund was jointly established by Talen Energy and Paul Farr, CEO of Talen, and his wife Kym, through the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.

Cesar Bourdon was always willing to help his family and others. During the Blizzard of January 2016, the 54-year-old naturally went outside to help clear pathways for his elderly mother and neighbors at the Little Lehigh Manor apartments in Allentown. But, after the strenuous shoveling, Cesar collapsed and died from a heart attack. The story of Cesar's generous spirit has warmed the hearts of so many people. The Farr's and Talen Energy established the Cesar Bourdon Memorial Fund in March 2016 to preserve Cesar's legacy of helping people, particularly the Lehigh Valley's senior citizens. This donation will be utilized for Pinebrook Family Answers' Homecare program which has provided in-home personal care to aging seniors so they may stay safely in their own homes, for over 50 years.

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