Another year has come and gone and we at The P.E.E.R. Center have had a fantastic 2014. We have continued to help people in our community reach recovery and, as always, welcome everyone who enters our doors.
Deciding the top 10 accomplishments wasn’t easy. There were amazing accomplishments that had to be left off the list. We had employees win prestigious awards, associates who celebrated recovery milestones, and we were able to support an astonishing number of people.
Stay with us in 2015 as The P.E.E.R. Center continues to help the people in our community reach their recovery goals. Without further ado . . .
Recovery Year in Review Top 10 List
10. Increased Social Media Presence and Digital Outreach
People increasingly get their information and news online and follow organizations they care about in the same way. For the first time in our history, our Facebook Page has over 500 likes and our e-mail list continues to grow. In 2015, we will be increasing our blog posts as well.
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9. Started the PEERHugs Program
It is a simple premise, if you think about it. Take comfort and/or hygiene items and place them in a bag. Distribute the bags to people in need.
We had a lot of support from the employees of The P.E.E.R. Center and hope to grow the program by involving community groups, churches, etc. in the future. As of this writing, we handed out well over 3,000 items, including washcloths, bars of soap, toothbrushes, shampoo, and anti-bacterial hand wash.
8. First Full Year of Operations for PEER West
In December of 2013, we opened a location on West Broad Street in the Franklinton area. This location has quickly become a community staple, serving an average of 40 people per day. PEER West is open seven days a week from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Stop by and see us!
7. Record Number of Outreach Activities
The P.E.E.R. Center was active in our community this year. In addition to hosting our first fundraiser and conference (See #2), we participated in police officer training through the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program, have associates who serve on community boards, and attended numerous health fairs and other community events.
We were even featured in the news, bringing us to . . .
6. The P.E.E.R. Center Featured on WBNS Channel 10 News
Being mentioned on the local news is a powerful thing. Getting your name and message out to the community has immense value and there is the added bonus of having a professional video and/or news story to share with people unfamiliar with the organization.
This year, we were featured on the six o’clock news in a two-minutes, 30-second segment. Please watch the video by clicking here.
5. Celebration is Part of Recovery
There is a lot of hard work when it comes to recovery. Doing the hard things is what leads to long-term success. But it is important that we take time to focus on other areas of people’s lives.
This year, The P.E.E.R. Center hosted 24 birthday celebrations, one for each center per month. We served cake, fruit, and drinks, and sang Happy Birthday to everyone who had a birthday that month.
(Honorable Mention: We also hosted a Thanksgiving meal, as well as a holiday meal on Christmas Day.)
4. Partnered with Outside Community Groups
The P.E.E.R. Center is proud to work with outside groups to offer resources such as wellness checks, job placement, flu shots, and the like. Partnering with other community groups allows us to serve our associates in a fiscally responsible fashion, without having to reinvent the wheel.
3. Impressive Number of People Served
The P.E.E.R. Center is a drop-in center and everyone is welcome. Everything we do for the community is free, and we take great pride in that. In 2014, we had over 14,000 support visits at PEER West, 28,000 support visits at PEER East, totaling over 42,000 support visits during the past year.
On average PEER West hosts 40 people per day, and PEER East hosts 75 people per day. Our doors are open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays.
2. EEOW! First Annual Fundraiser and Hosted First Recovery Conference
EEOW! is a funny word that stands for Exciting and Energizing October Weekend. The three events, held over two days, contained a free, one-day conference; an evening fundraiser; and our third annual recovery celebration.
The conference featured breakout sessions hosted by BlackMen Speak and Dr. E, as well as a panel discussion that included Dr. E, BlackMen Speak, Gabe Howard, and Liz Schindler – all moderated by our executive director, Juliet Dorris-Williams.
The Fundraiser featured the vocal stylings of Priscilla Woodson and a moving speech by Joe Anderson of BlackMen Speak.
The number 1 item on our "Top 10 Accomplishments 2014: Recovery Year in Review"
Tune in next week for an entire article based on our number one accomplishment. You’ll be impressed, we promise!