Compeer team members posing together for a photograph at a retreat.

Who We Are

Compeer was founded in the United States in Rochester, New York in 1973 and is guided by a simple premise: the support of friends enhances the quality of life, improves the ability to cope with life’s stress, and fosters mental wellness.

A National Model

In 1982 the National Institute of Mental Health selected Compeer as a national model and encouraged replication throughout the nation. After 40 years of successfully healing through the power of friendship, the Compeer model was added to the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices in 2013.

Coming to Lebanon

Compeer came to Lebanon County in 1999 to share the power of healing through friendship in the Lebanon Community. In the 20 years since we opened, our organization has added more programs, expanding our client base in the county. Right now we operate the original Compeer program, the veteran CompeerCorps program, and the youth mentoring program for students in Lebanon county schools.