MEET OUR PEER MENTORS
“Hope, given with a personal connection, can make a big difference.” -Mike Ferriter, Chapter Co-Founder
We are more than 25 individuals (peer mentors) who give our time to meet you when you are newly injured, transitioning into the community or currently living in the community. We are all living with a spinal cord injury or disorder or have a family member affected by this life-altering injury. We work to match you with a peer of similar injury level, age and/or ethnicity. We also meet with your families and loved ones as they, too, are affected. We offer emotional support, guidance and hope throughout your rehabilitation process and transition back into the community. We understand what you are going through. We can talk about how to work through the emotions, changes in your relationships and transitioning back into your community. We are also knowledgeable about home modifications, community services, adaptive sports, fund raising, hiring and managing PCA’s, and adaptive driving. We are available to demonstrate activities like wheelchair skills and transfers, or to just talk about life.
We can start to visit with you while you are in rehabilitation. If you are at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where we have a satellite office, you will see us around the SCI unit and in the gym. We may even stop by to visit you in your room or invite you to our weekly support group. We can also visit if you are in another area hospital.
Once you are discharged, we will stay in touch during the transition back into the community. You may see us canoeing in Boston Harbor, playing basketball, motorcycle riding, golfing , skiing, studying at school or traveling to work. We are available at any time to talk, meet for coffee, play golf or basketball, or visit you at home or another facility. We offer tips about life’s basics: eating, cooking, hygiene, shopping, doing laundry, getting in and out of a car/van and more. It is our goal to be positive role models as you rebuild your life and follow your dreams.
Our peer mentors have been through a training process and are certified as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital volunteers. We are fortunate that one of our two offices is located on the Spinal Cord Injury floor at SRH. Our office is staffed 5 days a week. Feel free to stop by, call 617-952-5643 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.