By Rob Bain
As the peer support worker, I am constantly learning on how to better the Brothers’ reintegration. Recently I have been providing one on one support to those who are in need and come into the resource center. I also set aside time for sessions at Naa-na-himyis to provide support to those who are coming in for escorted visits and who are just released to the community.
My job as the support worker is trying to find ways to support the Brothers in any way possible. This could be driving to cultural functions or just to listen and help with personal situations. Another way I have been helping is by providing information on the harm reduction project. Providing this valuable information is one of the topics I talk about when I first meet a brother who has just been released into the community. This includes Naloxone Training and providing the proper resources and literature about the opioid- crisis that has been plaguing our city.
We have also brought our brother Terry to our Peer Support Network. His shared life experience is valuable to our growing network of peer support with Circle of Eagles. He will be assisting in our new brothers sharing circle and providing his insight on peer support.
This is the 50th anniversary of Circle of Eagles and we are excited to see what this year gives us and we thank the Creator for all that we have received, We also thank Marge White who had a vision 50 years ago about bringing culture to those incarcerated and to bring light to those who were in the dark. Her impact is not over, and I look forward to what the future holds for the Circle of Eagles lodge Society.
Peer Support Worker
Who are we?
Here at Circle of Eagles Lodge Society (COELS) we provide support for Brothers and Sisters reintegration into the community. Our Peer Support program is a new initiative to provide one on one support with Brothers and Sisters who have lived a common experience.
What we do?
We provide emotional and social support to the brothers and sisters to ease their reintegration into the community. Having shared a common experience gives our peer support workers the extra guidance to help in common situations.
We are located at 2008 Wall Street in Vancouver BC. We are located close major bus routes and there is ample parking in the neighborhood.
We are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday
COELS Resource Center