Why I Love Being a Peer Mentor
~ by Kate Olson
"In my 20s I began to realize I wanted to do more and be more independent. I had a talk with my mom and she supported my idea of moving out on my own and doing more. Once I did, it changed my life and made me want to become more independent and help other people with disabilities become more independent, however they want to."
Peer Mentors are people with developmental disabilities who provide guidance, support and resources to help others achieve the life that they want. Peer Mentors are dedicated to helping others to reach new levels of independence and inclusion in their communities. They are ready to partner with you and help you advocate for the life that you want and deserve.
The Peer Mentor Program is based on the philosophy that people learn best from others who have lived experience to share. That connection of shared experiences and mutual understanding builds a strong foundation for planning for a person's future.
People age 16 and over who have a DD waiver can have a Peer Mentor to help them in achieving their goals.
Through special funding from DBHDS, there are limited spots for people who are on the DD Waiver Waiting List to receive support from a Peer Mentor.
How To Sign Up for a Mentor
FIRST - Complete an interest form to tell us a little more about you and your goals.
SECOND - Choose the right mentor for you. Get to know the mentors below and then schedule your Consultation with Natasha Cooper to help match you with the right mentor.
Contact Natasha Cooper
Peer Engagement Director
804-649-8481 Ext 103
Talk to Someone Who Has Been Where Your Are
Meet the Mentors
Mentors have received training from The Arc of Virginia and are ready to help.
Finding the right match is key. Read the profiles below to learn about the Mentors and decide who can best help you to reach your goals!
Not sure who is the best match? Contact Natasha Cooper to get help choosing the right match for you.
804-649-8481 Ext. 103
Each Peer Mentor works for a Provider Agency who supervises their work and coordinates the services for the mentees, ensuring that everyone has the best experience possible. Currently there are two provider agencies.
To learn more about these agencies, click on their logo!