Citizen Advocacy of Chester County

An opportunity to stand by, for and with another person.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Being an Advocate

We offer an opportunity to take action to ensure a better quality of life and an enrichment of opportunity for a person who may, because they have a disability, be suffering from isolation and segregation, rejection and danger, poverty and injustice.

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What is Citizen Advocacy?

Citizen Advocacy’s mission is to initiate voluntary one-to-one relationships between a person with a disability and someone else from their community who has complementary qualities and resources. This advocate will promote, protect and defend that person’s welfare and interests.

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Citizen Advocacy is built upon the belief in the power and competence of the ordinary citizen to care and connect to others and to make a lifelong commitment to stand by, for and with another person, through good times and through challenging ones.

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Discover Advocate Stories

We are built upon the belief in the power and competence of the ordinary citizen to care and connect to others and to make a lifelong commitment through the good times and through the challenging ones.

Advocates choose one or several of many ways to understand, respond to, and represent that person’s interests as if they were the advocate’s own, thus bringing their partner’s gifts and concerns into the circles of ordinary community life. Many of these commitments last a lifetime.

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Our Mission

Citizen Advocacy is a means to promote, protect and defend the welfare and interests of, and justice for, persons who are impaired in competence or diminished in status, or seriously physically or socially isolated, through one-to-one unpaid voluntary commitment made to them by people who have relevant skills and resources.

Advocates choose one or several of many ways to understand, respond to, and represent that person’s interests as if they were the advocate’s own, thus bringing their partner’s gifts and concerns into the circles of ordinary community life. Many of these commitments last a lifetime.

Our Vision

A world in which each life is valued, protected and celebrated for its uniqueness, through a vested relationship.

 

“No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me…”
– Ben E. King

Our Principles

Advocate Independence
Each Citizen Advocacy relationship is freely given. Each citizen advocate is independent of the citizen advocacy office, of human services, and even of his/her advocacy partner’s family…loyalty is to the individual person…this allows the advocate to speak out and act with freedom and clarity.

Diversity of Relationships
The range of advocate roles and the nature of advocacy relationships are very diverse. Advocates choose, together with their partner, the direction and content of their relationship. Citizen Advocacy coordinators orient and support the advocates in these choices.

Program Independence
The Citizen Advocacy office maintains its independence from other human service organizations to help ensure that advocates will not have conflicts of interests.

Clarity of Staff Function
Citizen Advocacy coordinators do not act as advocates, and the program does not engage in other forms of advocacy. Coordinators focus exclusively on initiating and supporting matches and on organizational operations.

Positive Imagery
The advocacy office strives to be a model of positive interpretations and images of people with disabilities.