Oregon Senior Peer Outreach

Older Adult Telephone Support

September 2022 – At this time we are providing support for Seniors in Washington County only. We hope to grow the program to serve all Oregon Seniors in the future.

Oregon Senior Peer Outreach offers friendly weekly calls to older adults who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation, sadness, grief or loss. This year has been exceptionally challenging for seniors, and our trained senior peers are ready to share their hope and connection!

Please let us know you would like our service by calling 1-833-736-4676 or by making a referral online using our Senior Outreach Online Referral Form:

Senior Outreach Online Referral Form Washington County Only
Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS)
Peers reach out to seniors that feel lonely.

If an older adult lives in an OSPO County (Clatsop, Columbia, Grant, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wallowa, or Washington), we can offer long-term peer partnerships! These weekly calls have proven results of reducing loneliness.

The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Telephone Service is now accepting referrals from ALL Oregon counties! This peer support program has been designed to increase the well-being of Oregon Seniors (55+) who live in the rural and frontier counties and has now expanded to serve all Oregon older adults who are suffering from COVID isolation. A team of experienced Senior Peer Support staff place weekly calls to connect with isolated Seniors to reduce the health impacts of loneliness and social isolation.

Program leadership is provided by CCS Staff members:

  • Sharon Kuehn, Oregon Warmline/Senior Peer Outreach Program Manager
  • Todd Trautner, Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Program Supervisor
  • Mark Fisher, Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Program Supervisor

Our team of experienced Senior Peer Supporters place weekly telephone calls to elders (55+) in Oregon who want a caring, compassionate friend to talk with. We understand some of the unique challenges of growing older and spending too much time alone. Let us provide a caring, personal connection!

Our goal is to connect with our participants, to listen, and to discover together how we can make sense of our experiences and to find and share hope. We understand that everyone has a unique worldview. Our Senior Peer Supporters are people who have experienced life challenges – including big feelings, voices, visions, trauma, and addictions. Now that we are moving into our golden years, we feel that there is no need to go it alone!

Referrals for persons who may benefit from the new service can be made by filling out the Referral Request form located below, or by calling us at:

1-833-736-4676 (1-833-SeniorOutreach)

Seniors who are 55+ and who:

  • Live in Oregon
  • who may feel isolated and lonely
  • and are interested in receiving weekly phone calls from another senior to build a mutually supportive relationship

Qualifying Seniors and/or persons with physical disabilities will be served. Once our service capacity is reached, a waiting list will be developed.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sharon Bliss
Sharon BlissWarmline/Senior Peer Support Program Manager
What do you love about your work; what unique qualities to you bring to this work? I get to bring my whole Self to this job. We are creating new structures that honor others and our own capacity to learn and grow together. I love that we are part of a community health agency, and supported to stretch our wings and develop wonderful peer programs that work for connection and healing! What are some past accomplishments that you are proud of? • My role in the Peer Recovery Movement, as well as my own healing process as a talented human being who has experienced trauma. • The Love More, Judge Less Campaign and Working Well Together • My work with Joanna Macy and the Work That Reconnects What are some of your personal interests that you want to share? I love Yoga, nature, the ocean, the silent strength of rowing crew, volunteering with Shut It Down and 350 PDX to sustain human life on our beautiful planet, gardening, watching my gorgeous granddaughter Caroline Grace as she grows, and cooking vegetarian delights.
Todd Trautner
Todd TrautnerOregon Senior Peer Outreach Supervisor
Todd Trautner is the newest member of the David Romprey Warmline team, leading the new Oregon Senior Peer Support Outreach Program that will begin in July 2017. Telephone outreach will be provided to Oregon older adults (55+) who are socially isolated, living in rural or frontier regions. Todd is a naturalist who shares his love for nature with others. At the tender age of 19, Todd hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. This endeavor led him into a career of Outdoor Experiential Education. Todd was the Outdoor Therapeutic Specialist at OSH for 23 years. Activities there included day hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, bird watching, bicycle riding, and trail building / trail maintenance community service projects. Todd encourages people to discover their own meaning for life and recovery. “Pursuing a healing balance with nature has been especially important for peers to maintain hope and personal empowerment during their journey to recovery.” “Oregon Senior Outreach Peer Support is my new life adventure and I hope to demonstrate that life-long learning is possible to achieve for all of us senior peers here in Oregon.”
Mark Fisher
Mark FisherOregon Senior Peer Outreach Program Supervisor
I first learned of peer support during an informal gathering with friends over coffee after group therapy. We were inclusive of each other and encouraging. I felt for the first time I my life I belonged and was worthy. I have thrived in Oregon as a Peer, QMHA , state-wide advocate, program coordinator and supervisor while living a self-determined recovery and blessings beyond.
Chrissy Peirsol
Chrissy PeirsolOregon Senior Connect Coordinator
As the Oregon Senior Connect Coordinator, I support all the elements to maintain our online support group presence for older adults. I gladly bring my experience from the peer community and have facilitated online support groups for over 5 years. I have also been a support group leader for almost half my life with 15 years of in-person experience. I have gained these skills through my activism in the state of Oregon as a peer and survivor of the mental health system.
Ruth Vonk
Ruth VonkPEARLS Program Supervisor
Ruth is passionate about serving others. For over 40 years, she has worked in human services. Her work at CCS allows her to use her management, clinical, and program development skills. She is passionate about creating connections and committed to healthy aging. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling in her time off.