About The PEER Center

The PEER Center is committed to the recovery of all individuals who live with mental illness, addiction, and trauma. Each person who enters our doors is extended a warm welcome. Everyone receives all the hospitality we have to offer and is embraced by all that we value.

We Value:

• Clear, honest, and open communication conveyed with mutual respect;
• The right of individuals to a safe, happy, and peaceful life;
• The experience, struggles, and leadership of those who are on a journey of recovery;
• Encouragement and acceptance of everyone, wherever they are in this journey;
• The whole individual: mind, body, and spirit;
• Most of all, we value and strive to model and instill HOPE…

… that with time, patience, support, and respect, we can work to understand our mental conditions and those things and situations that trigger us;

…that we can learn what helps, what hinders, and what empowers us to take control of our own recovery and growth;

…that we can overcome and move past those things that feed our addictions;

…that we can survive our childhood and adult traumas;

…that mental illness, addiction, and trauma do not define us, nor are they the end of our stories.

If these values resonate with you and you would like to support us in this vital work, see to the right for how you can help with financial or material gifts, and/or your gift of time.

Tax Deductions

Your fully tax-deductible gift via cash, check, money order, or credit card is much appreciated. Conveniently donate with your credit card by clicking the DONATE NOW button above. Checks or money orders payable to The PEER Center may be sent to 205 N Hamilton RD. Columbus, OH 4321305. For a cash donation, contact us at (614) 453-4830 to make arrangements. The PEER Center thanks YOU for supporting our efforts to continue instilling HOPE!

About Our Logo

The triangle represents The PEER Center, where transformation happens. The PEER Center is a warm and inviting environment where personal sharing about the recovery journey is commonplace and encouraged.

This warmth, like a comforting fire on a cool night, is represented by the ”swoosh.” The colors of purple and green are considered universal for hope, healing, and recovery. Let these colors remind you to Celebrate Recovery!

PEER – is an acronym for Peer’s Enriching Each others’ Recovery

The PEER Center began operations in January 2007 as a consumer-operated, drop-in program for individuals living with mental illness and/or alcohol or other drug addiction, located within a traditional mental health services agency. From the beginning, it was intended to serve as a place where associates (members) could learn about their illness or addiction, talk with others about their struggles and recovery, and spend time with others who have “walked the walk” to improve their lives. The PEER Center continues that focus, along with an effort to educate and support family members of individuals living with mental illness or drug / alcohol addiction. All staff at The PEER Center has lived experience of mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, or trauma. In January 2010, The PEER Center became an independent, non-profit agency, supported by its own Board of Directors, the majority of whom are also persons with lived experience of mental illness, addiction, or trauma. On May 1, 2011, The PEER Center expanded operations to a second location. Our current primary source of funding is through a grant from The Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County.

Other Ways to Help

Daily Hospitality

(beverages, snacks, supplies – sealed, unexpired only)
Regular or decaf coffee, tea, hot chocolate
Sugar, artificial sweetener
8 oz. cups (disposable)
Bottled water
Ready-to-eat perishables
Fresh or bagged, ready-to-eat fruit and vegetables

Volunteer Engagement

Team Captains For PEERdance & Walk
(Socialization) activities – two-hour blocks)
General socialization
Cards, games, karaoke
Arts and crafts instructors
Artistic expression (i.e., live music, etc.)
Interfaith spiritual encouragement
Computer skills
Holiday socialization – two-hour blocks

Stock Our Shelves


Funding for Outings

(Tickets, etc.)


Gas cards for van
Van repair/detailing