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!!
With 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.
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~