2015 was a great year for all of us at The PEER Center. Here are the top ten things we accomplished:
10. Launched New Website
The PEER Center has refreshed its website and blog for 2015. All the new features can be found by visiting us online at www.ThePEERCenter.org.
9. Social Media Growth of Over 30% Across the Board
2015 saw an average of 30% growth in our social media engagement. Our Facebook and Twitter gained lots of new followers and interaction has increased tremendously. We introduced our YouTube Channel (watch here), and our e-mail list had substantial growth, as well. (Sign up here!)
8. Community Involvement at All-Time High
Staff and volunteers from The PEER Center were quite active in our community this year, taking part in such events as the National Night Out (NNO), having a booth at the Ohio State Fair, and attending many community health fairs and events.
We presented at various conferences all over Ohio and our Peer Outreach Program (POP!) continued to let peers in our community know we are here for them.
7. Power of Hope Community Presentation
The PEER Center, in conjunction with NAMI Franklin County and COVA, helped put on a free panel discussion for members of the central Ohio community. The Power of Hope panel included people living with mental illness, people with addiction concerns, family members, and a social worker.
The panel was moderated by Dr. Kevin Dixon from ADAMH of Franklin County.
6. Peers as Professionals Education Program in Conjunction with OhioMHAS
The PEER Center, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), offered Peers As Professionals, a CEU eligible educational program discussing the issues surrounding being a person living with mental illness, addiction, and/or trauma in the workplace.
Missed the training? See the video series on our You Tube Channel.
5. Launched PEERchampions
In 2015 we launched the PEERchampions program to allow people to join us in supporting peers in Ohio.
PEERchampions are dedicated advocates, volunteers, and community members who want to help support the recovery journeys of people living with mental illness, addiction, and trauma in central Ohio.
4. PEERdance a Huge Success
On October 17, 2015, The PEER Center held our 2nd Annual fundraiser and 1st annual PEERdance at the Westin Columbus Downtown. It was a beautiful event held in the Westin’s historic Grand Ballroom. People joined us from all over Ohio to dance, laugh, and celebrate recovery.
We also presented awards to some very special people: David Royer, the CEO of ADAMH Franklin County, received our inaugural PEERpower award; Priscilla Woodson was named VolunPEER of the Year; and Rick Cunningham won Peer of the Year. Special thanks to the Westin, DJ Michael Porter, and all of our award winners.
3. Columbus Dispatch Article
On Sunday, December 20, 2015, The PEER Center was featured in The Columbus Dispatch article, “No Judgement Zone.” Amidst all of the negative information about people living with mental illness, addictions, and/or trauma, we were gratified that The Dispatch chose us when they wanted to feature something positive. A number of our associates were quoted and highlighted in the article. Check out the Dispatch’s webpage to read the entire story and to see additional video featuring our ED, Juliet Dorris-Williams.
2. Peer Services Delivery Grant
In September, The PEER Center was notified by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) that we had been awarded the Peer Services Delivery Grant. This means that The PEER Center will now be involved in a partnership with OhioMHAS to enhance and improve peer services throughout Ohio. We will track the certification of peer supporters, work with groups who offer (or want to start offering) peer services, and enhance the delivery of peer services throughout the state.
Everyone at The PEER Center is excited to take on this new challenge.
1. Record Number of Visits to Both Our Centers
In 2015, The PEER Center had over 55,000 visits across both of our locations. PEER East had over 31,000 visits and PEER West saw over 24,000 visits. As is our custom, every guest was welcome to a cup of coffee and all of our services (from the computer lab to over 50 different groups per week), free of charge.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a successful 2015. Let’s continue working together to make 2016 even better!