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Peer counselors wanted in Sandoval County

Imagine facing an economic crisis alone. Top that off with health problems. Sprinkle in family conflict. These are the stressors that some of our older adults face. Some of the problems have no solution, but they become manageable with the support of another older adult.

Sandoval Senior Connection, a program of Outcomes, Inc. would like to offer community members the opportunity to help older adults. Becoming a peer counselor to someone else who is fifty-five-plus may not bring in the accolades of the world. But usually, it does create a whole lot of life satisfaction.

Training is free and runs from July 8 through July 29. Topics include exploring what is normal in the aging processes, chemical dependency, and death and dying. Our training sessions are three hours long, and summer sessions will be conducted on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in Rio Rancho.

No experience is necessary; life experience and a listening ear are all that is needed. We serve older adults in Sandoval County, but peer counselors can certainly live in other counties. We are especially seeking Spanish-speaking volunteers who understand the cultures of our Hispanic community members.

Training sessions are open to the public, and no commitment is necessary to become a peer counselor. Please call Samantha Apodaca or Cindy Anderson at Outcomes, Inc. at 243-2551 to register for a session or for the whole program.






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