“Make a career of humanity, commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of the unusual things about us is that we don’t exactly fit perfectly into any particular category. We do offer support groups for our associates (our name for the individuals using our services) with mental health concerns and groups for our folks with trauma and addiction concerns. So, does that mean we belong in mental health services or addiction services? So far, trauma services isn’t an option by itself, let alone part of another whole.
Our mission statement clarifies that we are a place “…where individuals receive respect, encouragement, and hope that supports and strengthens their recovery in mental health, addictions and trauma.” Our approach, quite simply, is to meet people where they are and welcome everyone who talks through our doors.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream was for everyone to be equal, including having equal access to the things they needed to be happy and to be well. Throughout his life, he spoke to the idea that kindness for one was kindness for all. His famous quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” resonates with us here at The P.E.E.R. Center. We feel strongly that when one of us achieves, we all achieve. We are all linked, for better, for worse.
We didn’t invent the model of welcoming all people and treating them with dignity, respect, and compassion. We haven’t even perfected it. Every day, we keep our minds open and listen to the people we serve, and through that partnership, we change and grow. We give people what they need and help them achieve their goals.
We are proud that we don’t fit into a single category, because people don’t fit into a single category. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood this and spent his life showing us the power of loving each other. We don’t claim to have all the answers to the issues our society faces, but we are proud that we are willing to play our role and to set an example that caring for our fellow humans lifts us all up.