Welcome to Compeer Chester County!

Compeer Chester County is the Chester County, PA, affiliate of an international volunteer-based, nonprofit organization in the field of mental health, based in Rochester, NY. To foster ongoing recovery from mental illness, people are matched in one-to-one friendship relationships with caring, trained community volunteers.

This is a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), supported by the Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (MH/IDD) and private donations.

Recovery is a universal human experience. Whether it is death of a loved one, catastrophic illness, job loss, divorce, accident, substance abuse, or some other daunting issue, there are common resources that help us move on and reclaim our lives. Among these resources are the support and encouragement we receive from friends.

For people in recovery from serious mental illness, one-to-one friendships with Compeer volunteers are proven to be a very powerful medicine.

Rob Chisholm, Compeer Chester County’s founder and Emeritus Program Director, has said, “In mental health, recovery means getting on with your life despite daunting challenges.  Having just one person who cares about you and believes in you makes a world of difference.

"Becoming a Compeer volunteer can change both your life and another person's life in a positive, transforming relationship."