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Uniformed Services Peer Council

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Public Safety Benevolent Associations

Mission: Our mission is to educate, support, and guide first responders and veterans through the journey of wellness by supporting them and their families in any way we can. Wellness, mental health, and addiction are common issues and concerns within the families of public service. We do this through a network of providers and institutions, peers, and aim to do so with the financial support of our generous donors.

Results: We have established a network of care that is effective to those in need. Preventative programs such as sleep medicine and our monthly meetings or "Peer Councils" have been established. Our Peer Councils are a place where people can talk in the confidence of peers and is one of the only places you can talk with a clinician (or provider) for free. There is the option of following up with the provider. If they cannot afford to see our provider, we will cover the cost as needed. This keeps the focus on keeping well. We have professional relationships with qualified providers in order to refer those in need for treatment versus the alternative: addiction and suicide. For those looking to get help, we refer them as well. We maintain contact with them and their families throughout the entire process and help them engage in after-care as well as continuing support. Areas Supported: Peer Support and Guidance Mental Health Addiction Sleep Disorders Psychotherapy General wellness including mind-body care Advocacy and Guidance Financial Support

Target demographics: First Responders, Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 19 first responders and veterans return to living well.

Geographic areas served: New England

Programs: Peer support, monthly wellness meetings, networking for specific needs, and financial support when needed.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful for the group. I was diagnosed with PTSD because of my time as a firefighter. Add in some personal hardships and I was a mess. Never once did I feel like a burden or crazy when seeking help from USPC. Recently, I've had to reach out again for help and they've been right there with resources and follow up correspondence. It prevented another downward spiral. I think it's an amazingly valuable service... being able to turn to peers who really get the career and lifestyle has made all the difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group legitimately saved my life. They paired me with the resources, treatment, and therapist I needed to overcome an alcohol addiction that I'm sure would have claimed my life. They also offered support and educational resources to my family. Given the nature of my profession (public service), there's a stigma in asking for help. The members of USPC were incredibly empathic and non-judgmental. I'm so thankful. My family is slowly but surely getting the old me (pre-addiction) back.

3 Sean W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Uniformed Services Peer Council - I highly recommend .
Supporting Uniform Services Personel from Veterans Firefighters Police EMS Responders
Respectfully

Sean Weir
President

MindfulResponder.org

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Donor

Rating: 5

Uniformed Services Peer Council is the true meaning of brother/sisterhood of public service. When we all first started down this road, I'm sure the fraternal aspect of the job was a huge draw towards the profession(s). It's now our job to make sure that is passed on to the next generations of servants. USPC assures that continuation of brother/sisterhood

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is a caring, skilled EMT, who has worked in emergency departments as well as ambulance service. He has seen things ,while working ,that the average person would not tolerate. He also has struggled over the past 4 years with alchohol abuse. Seeing your child desperately wanting to get better but heading toward self destruction is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. There were days I didn't want to wake up in the morning because I wanted the pain, worry and stress to just go away. I had lost all hope.
Then my son became involved with Uniformed Services Peer Council. It saved his life and my sanity. From fighting to get him admitted to detox., to driving him to a wonderful 2 week rehab stay, this nonprofit has been there for all of us. Support was, and is, there for us regardless of time of day. Even if just a shoulder to cry on,
it was there.
My son is now 7 months sober. I am convinced this occurred because of Uniformed Services Peer Council. I can't begin to truly express my gratitude for all that was done to help us with this difficult disease.


5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know one of the guys who started this non-profit. He did it because he has seen what this line of work can do to a person and their life. He decided that he wanted to make a better way for first reapkdners and military are able to get the help they need. These guys do great work and truly care. They don't care what your history is, all they care about is that you get healthy again. Great non-profit and all the money goes to helping.

5 James William B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

USPC helped me out in my time of need. Made me know that I am not alone. I will always be in dept to the team at USPC.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's so amazing that the start to getting help is at our fingertips. This is a great organization and they are very knowledgeable and understanding. Thank you for helping.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent, compassionate and knowledgeable resource for our area providers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a dispatcher for over 10 years combined and an EMT for over 16 years. It's great to have a place to go to talk and discuss things with people who understand. It's comforting knowing there are others who have the same feelings or reactions to things we see and hear. I highly recommend this organization for all EMT's, firefighters, police, dispatchers and first responders. I am definitely glad I started going to the monthly groups they have set up. Thank you Dennis!!