The Mental Health Association in Hamilton County, Iowa, established a Compeer program, a nationwide program matching volunteers with people with mental illness or mental disabilities.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program, Faith in Action®, Generation 2 and Generation 3.
Staff recruited 11 volunteers, including:
- Four one-on-one volunteers who spent at least an hour a week with their matched friend.
- Five group volunteers who assisted consumers at the Compeer Clubhouse.
- One telephone volunteer who called their matched friend weekly.
- One pen pal volunteer who sent their matched friend cards for special occasions.
Staff opened the Compeer Clubhouse in an old fire station near Webster City.