Peer Support Program

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Peer Support Program: Lifting Each Other Up at Sheltered by Grace

At Sheltered by Grace, we believe in the transformative power of community and peer support. Our Peer Support Program, an extension of our Rehabilitation Recovery Program, is designed to provide graduates with the opportunity to solidify their progress by taking on leadership roles and mentoring new clients.

This program not only reinforces the personal growth and learnings of our graduates but also fosters a spirit of gratitude and giving back to the community.

We see time and again how this shared experience creates a ripple effect of positive change. When someone feels truly heard and understood, their confidence grows. They begin to believe in their own ability to overcome obstacles.

This sense of hope is contagious, uplifting not only the individuals involved but the entire Sheltered by Grace community.

Discover how our peer support program strengthens our community.

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At Sheltered by Grace, we've seen firsthand the transformative power of peer support. It's about recognising that true healing often flourishes within a community of shared experience. This sense of community is essential for fostering hope and long-term success within our programs that help the homeless access vital homeless support services.

Here's why this approach is so impactful:

Building Trust and Connection

This shared experience fosters instant trust and understanding, creating a safe space for individuals to seek support.


Sharing Practical Wisdom

Our mentors offer more than just kind words; they provide practical advice and coping strategies based on their own journeys.


Creating a Ripple Effect of Hope

When people see others who’ve overcome adversity, it ignites a spark of hope within themselves. This ripple effect extends throughout our community, inspiring individuals to support one another and believe in the possibility of positive change.

Why is Peer Support Important at Sheltered by Grace?

Because Everyone Deserves a Helping Hand

Imagine the comfort of a helping hand, a voice that understands. That's the power of peer support.

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Guiding Hands, Open Hearts: The Roles of a Peer Support

The power of walking alongside someone on their journey

The Peer Support Program is built on the principle that individuals who have successfully navigated their own recovery journey can offer invaluable guidance and support to those who are just beginning theirs.

By sharing their experiences, strengths, and hopes, peer mentors provide encouragement and practical advice, helping new clients to feel understood and supported.

Our Peer Support Program is more than just a service; it’s a testament to the power of human connection. We believe that everyone has the strength to overcome challenges, and sometimes, all it takes is a helping hand from someone who understands.

At Sheltered by Grace, we're not just providing a temporary solution; we're fostering a community where hope takes root and individuals can blossom.

Responsibilities and Mentorship

Graduates who choose to participate in the Peer Support Program take on various responsibilities that contribute to the overall functioning and positive atmosphere of Sheltered by Grace. These responsibilities might include:

Mentoring New Clients

Peer mentors are paired with new clients to provide one-on-one support. They share their own recovery stories, offer practical advice, and help new clients navigate the challenges of the early stages of recovery.

Becoming a Caretaker

This involves being the point of contact for our clients overnight and at weekends. Training is provided in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and Medication Assistance where needed. Caretakers are not social workers and are never expected to step into that role.

Instead, they are there to provide a supportive presence and ensure that clients have someone to turn to in times of need.

Providing Emotional Support

Peer mentors offer a listening ear and emotional support to new clients, helping them to feel less isolated and more connected to the community at Sheltered by Grace.

These roles are more than just tasks; they are acts of courage and compassion. Our peer mentors act as bridges, connecting individuals to resources, support, and a renewed sense of self-worth. They are living proof that from hardship can blossom incredible strength and empathy.

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The Peer Support Program is designed to help new clients and support the continued personal growth of peer mentors. By taking on a leadership role and helping others, graduates of the Rehabilitation Recovery Program reinforce their own recovery principles and gain a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment.

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We believe that true growth often stems from giving back. When our graduates choose to become mentors, they aren't just sharing their stories; they are sharing their strengths. This act of courage inspires a ripple effect of positive change, empowering both the mentor and the mentee to embrace their full potential. 
 
The benefits of the Peer Support Program extend far beyond the individuals receiving mentorship. For those who choose to become mentors, it's a chance to:

Cement Their Learnings

By teaching and mentoring others, peer mentors reinforce the lessons and skills they have learned during their own recovery journey. This helps to solidify their progress and maintain their commitment to sobriety and personal growth.  It becomes a powerful reminder of how far they’ve come. 

Develop Leadership Skills

Peer mentors develop important leadership and communication skills that can be valuable in their personal and professional lives. These skills include active listening, empathy, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. Leading by example, mentors cultivate essential life skills like empathy, active listening, problem-solving, and communication – skills that benefit them in all aspects of life.

Cultivating a Spirit of Gratitude

By giving back to the community and helping others, peer mentors cultivate a sense of gratitude and appreciation for their own recovery journey. This sense of gratitude can be a powerful motivator for keeping their progress and continuing to grow.

This cycle of support, where graduates participate in community support programs and engage in peer support activities, strengthens the entire Sheltered by Grace family.

Building a Stronger Community

The Peer Support Program at Sheltered by Grace is an essential part of our holistic approach to recovery. It strengthens the sense of community within our facility and creates a supportive and nurturing environment where everyone is committed to helping each other succeed. By fostering these connections, we create a network of support that extends beyond the walls of our centre and into the broader community.

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Inspires Hope

Seeing compassion in action is like a warm embrace for the soul, offering hope and strength to those navigating difficult times.

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At Sheltered by Grace, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to provide life-changing support to those experiencing homelessness in Brisbane.

By partnering with us as a corporate sponsor, you can help us expand our reach and create a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals seeking a hand up. Your contribution will directly support vital programs like our Peer Support Program, providing essential resources, training, and opportunities for growth.

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A Journey of Shared Strength and Hope

Walk Beside Us: Supporting Journeys of Hope at Sheltered by Grace

At Sheltered by Grace, we know that lasting change happens through connection. Our Peer Support Program is a testament to this belief, but we can't do it alone. Your generosity as a sponsor will directly impact the lives of individuals rebuilding their lives, providing them with the guidance, understanding, and encouragement they need to thrive.

We invite companies who share our commitment to compassion and support to join us. Your sponsorship can help us expand our Peer Support Program, providing essential resources and training that empower our graduates to become exceptional mentors.

Here in Brisbane, Sheltered by Grace is dedicated to creating a community of support and empowerment for those who need it most. Your sponsorship of our Peer Support Program is an investment in a brighter future for our clients and our community.

Join us in fostering hope, connection, and lasting change.

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Only graduates of our Rehabilitation Recovery Program are asked to join the Peer Support Program and take on a leadership role in our community. Their experiences and insights can make a significant difference in the lives of new clients, helping them to navigate their own recovery journeys with confidence and hope.

At Sheltered by Grace, we are committed to creating a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The Peer Support Program is a testament to our belief in the power of shared experiences and mutual support. Together, we can build a brighter future for everyone who walks through our doors.

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