Peer Counseling
Three individuals in wheelchairs holding hands

Program Description​

Individuals with various disabilities come together to offer their personal knowledge and experiences to people who have recently acquired a disability or whose disability has altered their current way of life.These mentors promote the philosophy of independent living and instill the belief that having a disability is not the end of the world but the start of a new and worthwhile adventure.

Peer Counseling Team

Alina Arredondo, Independent Living Skills/Peer Counseling Coordinator

Alina Arredondo

Independent Living Skills
Peer Counseling Program Coordinator

Education:

Master of Social Work

Experience:

One year experience as a Peer Counselor and participated in the woman group at Volar CIL. Employed by Volar CIL for 2 years and have volunteered with the El Paso Del Norte Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for seven years.

Interests:

I enjoy singing, drawing, spending time with my family and my dog, cosplaying, and playing videogames.

Favorite Quote: “Life does not always go as planned, there will be times when you fail, but it is not about the failure but about how you pick yourself up.”

Three individuals in wheelchairs holding hands

Peer Counseling

Program Description

Peer Counseling is one of the five core services provided by centers for independent living.  Individuals with various disabilities come together to offer their personal knowledge and experiences to people who have recently acquired a disability or whose disability has altered their current way of life.  These mentors promote the philosophy of independent living and instill the belief that having a disability is not the end of the world but the start of a new and worthwhile adventure.

Peer Counseling Team

Alina Arredondo, Independent Living Skills/Peer Counseling Coordinator

Alina Arredondo

Independent Living Skills/Peer Counseling Program Coordinator

Education:

Master of Social Work

Experience:

One year experience as a Peer Counselor and participated in the woman group at Volar CIL. Employed by Volar CIL for 2 years and have

volunteered with the El Paso Del Norte Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for seven years.

Interests:

I enjoy singing, drawing, spending time with my family and my dog, cosplaying, and playing videogames.

Favorite Quote:

“Life does not always go as planned, there will be times when you fail, but it is not about the failure but about how you pick yourself up.”