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Peer Visitor Program

Peer Visitors are trauma survivors; having survived their own personal traumatic experiences and injuries.

The MetroHealth Peer Visitor program offers patients and their loved ones an opportunity to talk with a trained volunteer during their hospital stay.

The Peer Visitor program has been a standard of care at the MetroHealth System since 2013.

In 2019 alone, MetroHealth Peer Visitors donated nearly 600 volunteer hours and completed over 650 visits to patients and their loved ones.

Benefits of Meeting a Peer Visitor Include:

  • Sharing an experience with someone who can directly relate to what you are going through
  • Offering hope, wisdom, and perspective
  • Learning practical tips on moving forward
  • Receiving encouragement and support
  • Getting answers to questions from the perspective of someone who has ‘been there’
  • Feeling less anxious, afraid, and alone
  • Peer Visitors can serve as positive role models for future recovery

 

Trauma Recovery Center Peer Visitors celebrate the 2019 Resiliency Run
Helping Others Recover

A group of over fifteen survivors volunteer as a Peer Visitors. The experiences and injuries these survivors have overcome vary, but above all, each is dedicated to helping others recover.  

Meet our peer visitors