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The Community Friend Program pairs consumers who have received specialized training with adults who have mental illness and share similar interests. The program is designed to foster one to one social relationships and activities. Community Friends offer friendship to persons who, due to isolation and loneliness, may be lacking such support and camaraderie. Individuals apply to either become a community friend or request a community friend. The purpose of the program is to alleviate isolation and to provide adults with mental illness an opportunity to learn about, use and share community resources in the most ordinary way possible - with friends.
Location: San Mateo County
- Various outings and activities in the community, including but not limited to movies, dining out, shopping, and sporting activities.
- Assistance with the development of community living skills, such as communication skills, social skills, and self-esteem.
- Be adults 18 years of age or older.
- Be diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
- Complete the program orientation and training.
- Agree to abide by policies of the program.
To apply to be a Community Friend Participant, complete and submit an application form. Submit referrals by fax at (510) 879-0354. (Applications are not accepted by email.) MHA staff will interview you prior to acceptance into the program.
If you're interested in becoming a Community Friend, please review the job description and complete the application form.
For further information, please contact Georgia Peterson by phone at (650) 298-9846, or by email at email@example.com.