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National Recovery Month - September 2014

WebBannerHorizontalSeptember is National Recovery Month!! Like other organizations doing everyday recovery work, we actively encourage people to openly discuss (speak out!) about mental health and substance abuse disorders, while we are promoting the reality and the hope of recovery. While The P.E.E.R. Center is delaying our annual recovery celebration activities until October, we support the 2014 theme, and with our colleagues, encourage you to "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, and Reach Out." 

While this is definitely September, it is not to early for us to talk about our Exciting and Energizing October Weekend (EEOW!) when we will celebrate recovery with three very important events. The first event is  "Partners in Recovery: A Conference of Diversity, Hope and Wellness: at the Columbus Convention Center on October 18th. Our featured speakers include "Black Men Speak", a California based member / speaker organization who want to share the reality of substance abuse and mental health recovery while living in an urban environment, along with the challenges of trauma, community violence. Through story and song, Black Men Speak share their experiences to encourage hope and faith to others walking the recovery journey. Also speaking is Dr. Elaine Richardson (Dr. E), author teacher, entertainer) who will share how she triumphed over childhood and adult trauma, and substance abuse.  Also speaking is Gabe Howard, officially diagnosed in his early twenties, now uses his life-long struggle with mental illness and addiction to motivate others and spark change.  Later that same evening, The P.E.E.R Center will host it's first annual fundraising event, that includes inspirational talks and music, (with heavy hors d'oeuvres!!). Finally, on Sunday, October 19th, The PEER Center will operate for limited hours in the morning so that we can CELEBRATE RECOVERY !! at our third annual food, fun, dancing and open mic with DJ Richie Rich and live music by The WellJam Experience. It's exciting! It's energizing! We hope you will join us. Register or get more information on our Events page on this site.
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Highlights from our September East schedule include: "Get Connected" which continues on Fridays at noon; Knitting Club continues on alternate Wednesdays; "Job Readiness" continues on Wednesdays at 11am; “Moving Forward”, a new group focusing on goal-setting, motivation and empowerment continues on alternate Thursdays at 11am;  "Man Up!"continues on Saturdays at noon, and alternate Tuesdays at 2pm. "Women and Trauma" continues on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.

Highlights from our September West schedule include: 5 Minute Move It!, a midday movement moment, Wednesdays at 11am; Job Readiness continues at a new time, Thursdays at 2pm; "Lessons Learned", a new mixed-gender discussion group focusing on relationships, toxic communication etc., continues on Mondays at 1pm; Free Vaccinations will be offered by Project Love on September 8th at 1:30pm;  CompDrug will be our guest speaker on medication assisted addiction treatment on September 17th at noon. Join us on "Super Saturdays" for a full day of fun activities.

The Associate Governing Board  (AGB, including Code of Conduct Review) meets as follows:
WEST Center on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm.
EAST Center on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm.
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Remember to call our daily Warmline, between 10pm and 2pm for non-crisis phone support. Click on our calendar links to see the full schedules for September.

Until next time~
Stay Well!!

 

 
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August 2014



Plans are still underway for our upcoming "Exciting and Energizing October Weekend! (EEOW!)" The weekend begins with "Partners in Recovery: A Conference of Diversity, Hope, and Wellness" at the Columbus Convention Center on October 18th, 2014, featuring, "Black Men Speak", a California based member organization whose mission is to spread the word, throughsave_the_date_typography_by_candacelepree-d4bzz19 the telling of their stories of substance abuse and mental health recovery while living in an urban community. Their goal is to give voice to the challenges of trauma, family issues, community violence and the importance of faith as they encourage others on the road of wellness and recovery. Our second confirmed speaker is Dr. Elaine Richardson, (Dr. E.) our homegrown powerhouse (author, teacher, entertainer) of triumph over childhood and adult trauma, and substance abuse, who shares her life story to promote healing and empowerment. Some of our conference speakers will be featured in our first annual fundraiser later that same evening. Finally, on Sunday, October 19, 2014, we will be hosting our third annual Recovery Celebration at Long Street Studio. We will be sharing more information about this in the coming weeks.  So remember to SAVE THE DATEs of October 18th and 19th!!  TICKETS for the fundraiser portion of the weekend can be purchased NOW!! Click on the EVENTS tab of this website and click on the purple banner at the top of the page.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact us directly or through the Contact Us tab on this website.   

As usual, there is always a lot happening at The PEER Center. Our other BIG NEWS is, effective August 1st, our West Center is expanding operations to 7 full DAYS!!!  We are pleased and grateful to be a part of and embraced by the Franklinton Community. Our West Associates (participants) heavily lobbied for extended days, and as is our practice, they lobby, we listen. 

Highlights from our August East schedule: "Get Connected" will be offered on Fridays at noon; "Job Readiness" continues on Wednesdays at 11am; “Moving Forward”, a new group focusing on goal-setting, motivation and empowerment continues on alternate Thursdays at 11am;  "Man Up!"continues on Saturdays at noon, and alternate Tuesdays at 2pm. "Women and Trauma" continues on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.   

 Remember: our Associate Governing Board (AGB, including Code of Conduct Review) will meet at the EAST Location on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm.  

Highlights from our August West schedule:  NOW OPEN DAILY, 10am-6pm, including holidays!!! "Let's Walk" continues on Wednesdays at 11am; "Job Readiness" now meets at 11am on Thursdays; "Lessons Learned", a new co-ed discussion group focusing on relationships, toxic communication etc., continues on Mondays at 1pm; "Super Saturdays" return with a full day of fun activities.

The Associate Governing Board  (AGB, including Code of Conduct Review) will meet at the WEST Location on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm.  

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Remember that our WARMLINE, (614)358-TALK (8255), is available daily for non-crisis phone peer support.

The P.E.E.R. Center is a self-serve Ohio Benefit Bank.  At both locations, peers may use our designated computer workstations to connect to programs and resources, such as food assistance, child care assistance, health care coverage and much, much more.  The Ohio Benefit Bank portal is very user friendly and is available anytime during our operational hours.  No appointment needed.

The P.E.E.R. Center remains enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Simply designate “PEER Center” using our non-profit organization number, 91907, as the charity you wish to support. You earn rewards as you shop, and your rewards help support us.  This DOES NOT impact your fuel points. This is a unique way for the Kroger Company to give back to the community! If you have already enrolled and selected us as your favorite charity, THANK YOU!!  You may need to re-enroll each year so check your status.

Another way to support us is through AmazonSmile. Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The PEER Center when you select us as your favorite charitable organization. Always start your shopping at http://smile.amazon.com to make your shopping count.  We appreciate your support! 


Until next time be safe, be happy and stay well!!    

 
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July 2014

03 festive_purple_fireworks_at_night_2The PEER Center is excited to share the news about our upcoming "Exciting and Energizing October Weekend! (EEOW!)". The weekend will begin with "Partners in Recovery: A Conference of Diversity, Hope and Wellness". Our first annual fundraiser will be later that same evening. Finally , on Sunday, we  will host our 3rd Annual Recovery Celebration.  We will be sharing more information about this in the coming weeks. Remember to SAVE THE DATES of October 18th and 19th!! Meanwhile, TICKETS for the fundraiser portion of the weekend can be purchased NOW!! Click on the EVENTS tab of this website and click on the purple banner at the top of the page.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact us directly or through the Contact Us tab on this website.  

As always, we host a variety of activities at our Centers. At our East Center in July, Job Readiness continues on Wednesdays at 11am; "Moving Forward", a new group focusing on goal-setting, motivation and empowerment will be offered on alternate Thursdays at 11am; The My Plate series continues on Thursdays at noon; Man Up! continues on Saturdays at noon, and alternate Tuesdays at 2pm.  Our East Center Associates will attend the Ohio State Fair on Thursday, July 24th at 10am. 

At our West Center, "Lets Walk" begins on Wednesdays at 11am; "Lessons Learned", a new co-ed discussion group focusing on relationships, toxic communication, etc., will  be offered on Mondays at 1pm; The MyPlate Series continues on Wednesdays at noon.  Food, fun and Friendship returns on alternate Saturdays!!; and our West Center Associates will have an outing to the Ohio State Fair on Friday, July 25th at noon.

Please note: Our East Center will operate on a holiday schedule for the Independence Day (July 4th) holiday, and our West Center will be closed.

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Click on our calendar links to see the full schedules for July.


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Remember that our WARMLINE, (614)358-TALK (8255), is available daily for non-crisis phone peer support.

The P.E.E.R. Center is a self-serve Ohio Benefit Bank.  At both locations, peers may use our designated computer workstations to connect to programs and resources, such as food assistance, child care assistance, health care coverage and much, much more.  The Ohio Benefit Bank portal is very user friendly and is available anytime during our operational hours.  No appointment needed.

The P.E.E.R. Center remains enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Simply designate “PEER Center” using our non-profit organization number, 91907, as the charity you wish to support. You earn rewards as you shop, and your rewards help support us.  This DOES NOT impact your fuel points. This is a unique way for the Kroger Company to give back to the community! If you have already enrolled and selected us as your favorite charity, THANK YOU!!  You may need to re-enroll each year so check your status.

Another way to support us is through AmazonSmile. Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile green fireworkspurchases to The PEER Center when you select us as your favorite charitable organization. Always start your shopping at http://smile.amazon.com to make your shopping count.  We appreciate your support! 


Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Independence Day!!

In Wellness~

 
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June 2014

 The PEER Center welcomes June with the usual mix of wellness activities. There is no simple way to summarize PEER happenings, just know that it is "happening" at PEERs. The warmer weather encouraged us to restart our walking group, and for those who want movement, but seasonal allergies make that challenging, we have "move it" in place with our Monday, Wednesday and Friday "5 minute Move it".  This month we are also starting MyPlate which teaches the fundamentals of eating healthy. In addition to a couple of outings, we are hosting The Welljam Experience! Movement, Music and Healthy Eating.... must be the start of summer! Click on the calendar links throughout the website to see the full schedules and to plan your wellness activities through the month.  If you don’t see something that enhances your recovery or wellness, please let us know. While we focus our activities on the 8 dimensions of wellness, Printwe also know that the wellness journey is personal and multifaceted.  We value the ideas and input of our participants, and as people living in recovery ourselves, we are aware that the work of recovery is ongoing. Send us a message via our Contact Us page, or send us an email through our general email: info at thepeercenter dot org. Better yet, drop on by for a tour or a visit.  Remember that you are always welcome at PEERs!!

East Center activities include: Walking Group each Monday at 11am; the MyPlate series Thursdays at noon;  Knitting Club begins on June 11th and will meet on alternate Wednesdays at 2:00pm, beginners or experienced knitters are welcome;  An outing to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium June 19th at 10:00am;  Special music from The WellJam Experience on June 15th at 2:00pm; Veterans Support continues on Wednesdays at 1pm; discussions on alcohol and other drug recovery continue through our ManUP! Group, Saturdays at noon, and our co-educational AOD recovery group, Sundays at noon.

West Center highlights include: MyPlate series on Wednesdays at noon; An outing to the Columbus Arts Festival June 6th at noon;  Music from the The WellJam Experience on June 14th at 2:00pm; Anxiety support on alternate Tuesdays at 2pm;  Job Readiness on Thursdays at 2pm; "Get Connected" continues each Monday from 1pm- 3pm; Super Saturday’s at West are focused on fun and socialization. Arts and crafts, Karaoke, cards and games, are just a few of the fun offerings. Join us!!

The Associates Governing Board (including Code of Conduct Review) will continue to meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1pm.  The West Center will host the AGB meeting on the second Tuesday, and the East Center will host the AGB meeting on the fourth Tuesday. 

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Remember that our WARMLINE, (614)358-TALK (8255), is available daily for non-crisis phone peer support.

The P.E.E.R. Center is a self-serve Ohio Benefit Bank.  At both locations, peers may use our designated computer workstations to connect to programs and resources, such as food assistance, child care assistance, health care coverage and much, much more.  The Ohio Benefit Bank portal is very user friendly and is available anytime during our operational hours.  No appointment needed.

The P.E.E.R. Center remains enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Simply designate “PEER Center” using our non-profit organization number, 91907, as the charity you wish to support. You earn rewards as you shop, and your rewards help support us.  This DOES NOT impact your fuel points. This is a unique way for the Kroger Company to give back to the community! If you have already enrolled and selected us as your favorite charity, THANK YOU!!  You may need to re-enroll each year so check your status.

Another way to support us is through AmazonSmile. Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The PEER Center when you select us as your favorite charitable organization. Always start your shopping at http://smile.amazon.com to make your shopping count.  We appreciate your support! 

Until next time~
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May 2014





The PEER Center joins with other community partners in highlighting May as Mental Health Month. This year’s theme has two objectives: to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its preventive factors and benefits for mind and body; and to build broad public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.  Of course, here at The PEER Center, attending to our health and wellness is an everyday, all the time kind of thing. Remember that you are always welcome in this place where recovery happens. Come by for a tour; have a cup of coffee; stay awhile for some fun conversation; get some support; learn some tips and strategies for enriching your recovery journey with others who are walking the path of recovery too!! The mutuality of support is the thing that is unique about The PEER Center.  We believe that wherever we are on the journey, we each have something to learn, something to teach, and something to share. Your experience of recovery enriches our experience of recovery. Come join us!!

MHM 2014 Mind Your Health LogoWith the warmer weather our East Center is excited to reinstate our weekly Walking Group each Monday at 11am.  Also, if you are looking for a 5 minute dance break, drop on by at noon on Monday, Wednesday or Friday for our 5 Minute Move It!! The Bipolar Support group is moving to Saturdays at 5pm.  Continuing in May is our Job Readiness initiative in collaboration with Columbus Area Integrated Health Services; HIV/STI Testing is scheduled for May 16th and 23rd; Free Vaccines through Project L.O.V.E. is scheduled for May 12th.  Also continuing: Music Therapy, AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) Recovery, Relapse prevention, Women and Trauma and Man UP! (Men’s Recovery).

At our West Center, Job Readiness will be offered on Thursdays at 2pm. "Get Connected" will be offered on alternate Monday's at 1pm. HIV/ STI testing is scheduled on alternate Tuesdays at noon.  Free Vaccines through Project L.O.V.E. will be offered on Monday May 12 at 1:30.   There will be an outing to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, May 23rd at noon.  Remember that every Saturday is a "Super Saturday" for arts and crafts, Karaoke, Bingo, Cards and more.  Some of our ongoing groups include the Veterans Support Group, Anxiety Support, Setting Boundaries, Coping Skills, AOD recovery and Men's and Women's Recovery Groups.   

The Associates Governing Board (AGB) will continue to meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1pm.  The West Center will host the AGB meeting on the second Tuesday, and the East Center will host the AGB meeting on the fourth Tuesday.  AGB meetings also include Code of conduct review sessions and are only scheduled during these specific dates and times.

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Remember that our WARMLINE, (614)358-TALK (8255), is available daily for non-crisis phone peer support.

The P.E.E.R. Center is a self-serve Ohio Benefit Bank.  At both locations, peers may use our designated computer workstations to connect to programs and resources, such as food assistance, child care assistance, health care coverage and much, much more.  The Ohio Benefit Bank portal is very user friendly and is available anytime during our operational hours.  No appointment needed.

The P.E.E.R. Center remains enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Simply designate “PEER Center” using our non-profit organization number, 91907, as the charity you wish to support. You earn rewards as you shop, and your rewards help support us.  This DOES NOT impact your fuel points. This is a unique way for the Kroger Company to give back to the community! If you have already enrolled and selected us as your favorite charity, THANK YOU!!  You may need to re-enroll each year so check your status.

Another way to support us is through AmazonSmile. Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The PEER Center when you select us as your favorite charitable organization. Always start your shopping at http://smile.amazon.com to make your shopping count.  We appreciate your support! 

Remember to "Mind Your Health" today and everyday. It's all about being and staying well!

Until next time~

 
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