Have you ever wanted to make a difference in someone's life? Just knowing that someone is there to listen and share in your experience makes all the difference. Although we might spend our day talking to others, we aren't always actually communicating. Peer mentoring offers the opportunity to experience a mutual give-and-take relationship, the sharing of ideas, and helping another person to achieve a life-long goal.
CFI is currently looking for mentors in our community. A peer mentor is a person with a disability who: is already living independently, is integrated into their community, and has a desire to help others do the same. A peer mentor offers guidance to other people with disabilities. They have "been there", they can offer friendship and encouragement, are eager and willing to listen, have hard earned wisdom, and are willing to confront and advocate for system change!
CFI is also looking for people with disabilities interested in becoming peer mentees. A peer mentee is an individual with a disability who would like to work on achieving independent living goals with the help of a peer mentor. Successful mentor/mentee relationships depend on numerous tools such as communication and rapport. A good example for developing positive rapport with someone is to find common interests. Maybe you like the TV show Friends, maybe you like to garden, maybe you like to bake or to fix cars? Peer mentoring is not meant to always occur in a formal situation. It can be as simple as sitting over a cup of coffee and talking.
If you would like to become involved as a peer mentor or peer mentee, CFI would be honored to have you.
*The Upcoming Meeting scheduled for November 5th has been Postponed until a Later Date due to the Ongoing Moving Process into our new offices*
If you would like to participate as a mentor or mentee, please contact Mary Carter at 913-378-2259, via email at
or Alicia Franklin at 913-321-5140 ext. 170 or via email at