Grant to help Compeer increase mental health access

Compeer Rochester, a local mental health organization, recently received an $85,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to expand its veteran services programming to families.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic forced veterans back into periods of isolation and many were without adequate technology at home or skills needed to participate in the Zoom sessions that were offered to continue supporting those with mental health challenges. As a result, participation in the program decreased and there were many veterans who struggled with their mental health and PTSD issues simply from the lack of social connection.

With support from its latest grant, Compeer will continue and extend its CompeerCORPS programming and services to veterans’ families and further its reach throughout the community creating a more substantial impact of its mental health and wellness initiatives. The grant will allow the organization to hire two part-time workers for its intake and engagement services roles, fund the person responsible for coordinating its Vets Driving Vets initiative, and help create activity-based and client enrichment programs.

This is the third year Compeer Rochester receives funds from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. The foundation recently provided $140 million to organizations and programs addressing the health-related needs of underserved communities across New York state.