compeer friends and volunteers
compeer mental wellness starts with friendship

Compeer Lancaster is a program of Mental Health America of Lancaster County that matches adults in the community who are in recovery from mental illness with a volunteer friend. One-to-one matches spend about 4 hours together per month, engaging in activities such as going for a walk, getting a cup of coffee, or watching a sporting event. Compeer Calling volunteers check in with their friend by phone for about 15 minutes every week. 

Compeer friends are not counselors, therapists, or social workers; they are simply friends who provide social support to their match. If you know how to be a friend, you know how to be a Compeer. 


Program Coordinator:
Joe Mills

Joe joined Compeer Lancaster in May 2013 after spending 40+ years in human services in Florida and Pennsylvania. 

Since moving to PA in 1988, he has worked at Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Inc. in Reading, as a Manager of their Partial Hospitalization Program and then headed the Quality Assurance Program. At Capitol Area Behavioral Health Collaborative in Harrisburg he directed the Quality Improvement program. 

Joe is married to Jan and together they have three daughters, and five grand-children. Joe enjoys reading, traveling and doing yard work (most of the time)! They live in Lititz and enjoy living in the “Coolest Small Town in America”!   
To Contact Joe:


Compeer Lancaster is a program of Mental Health America of Lancaster County
245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204| Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 397-7461 |

Please Reach Out

We Are Listening 24/7

Lancaster Crisis
National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Free Crisis Text Line
Text "MHA" to:
connect with a crisis counselor

Compeer Volunteers

We are always accepting applications for One-to-One and Compeer Calling volunteers. Download the appropriate application below and return it to the Compeer office per the directions within.


Questions about which program is right for you? Reach out to the Compeer office at (717) 397-7461.