Peer Support Services
The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA) is pleased to collaborate with DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) to provide a peer mentoring program which strives to offer increased independence, encouragement, and empowerment to individuals who are recovering or living with a disability.
By combining our expertise, the MPVA and RIM are able to better the quality of lives of individuals living with a disability through the Peer Support Services program. The program works through in-patient and out-patient settings in order to provide support to those who may be recovering or living with a disability. In-patient visits take place at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan which is one of the nation's largest hospitals specializing in rehabilitation medicine and research. Peer Mentors also continue support services via out-patient settings at a mentee's home, out in the community, over the phone, or even at the MPVA's completely accessible facility.
How it works:
Trained Peer Mentor volunteers work with individuals to provide coping strategies, share information and awareness about the disability community and culture. The peer mentor helps to promote personal growth by sharing their own experiences and explaining how they have coped with the "ups and downs" of living with a disability.
Key Topics Mentors Address:
- Disability Awareness
- Stress Management
- Communication Skills
- Personal Growth
- Peer Mentorship
- Independent Living
- Employment Skills
- Community Resources
How to Contact the Peer Mentors:
You can reach the Peer Support Service Line at: (313) 745-5765. This line is checked on a weekly basis by the Peer Mentoring team. However,if you need immediate assistance, you can always contact the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America at: (800) 638-MPVA (6782), Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. You can also visit: www.michiganpva.org for more information.
How You Can Help:
The Peer Support Service program is funded through the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization. Donations made in support of the Peer Support Services program can be made tax-deductible. Click here to make a donation directly on this website, or download the brochure for more details by clicking here (PDF).