Federation of Organizations' outreach programs assist over 1500 individuals per year. All outreach programs are 100% staffed by peer workers. Peer workers share their experiences and methods of recovery to those individuals who are beginning their journey of recovery.
Hospital Based Outreach
Through hospital based outreach, peer advocates run groups to train participants on community integration using the psychiatric rehabilitation model. They offer peer support, education about community resources, discuss Federation's services and wellness self management. In many cases it is the beginning of a continuum of services that they will receive at Federation of Organizations, including case management, clinic treatment and housing. Peer advocates work out of various hospitals in Suffolk and Queens Counties.
Recovery Based Outreach
Federation of Organizations' recovery based outreach provides meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunities for people wo are in recovery from mental illness. The volunteers are given a stipend and are provided with a competitive work experience. Through the principles of peer support and self-help, volunteers strive to improve the quality of life for other inidividuals within the mental health community. Volunteers have provided over 33,000 hours of service each year making over 2,000 individual and/or group visits each month.
Education/Employment and Referral Outreach
Through the education and referral outreach services, peer workers provide emergency crisis assistance, advocacy and information and referrals to homeless individuals and families recovering from mental illness through mobile outreach units, phone contact and office visits. Peer workers utilize Federation of Organizations' community centers to teach individuals independent living skills that include cooking, laundry and improve personal hygiene. Peer workers have also offered over 1000 referrals each year for clothing assistance, vocational services, physical and mental health services, case management, food pantry and referrals to the department of social services.
Federation of Organizations has an affirmative business and a full spectrum of employment services.