Labor Day: Remember Employment Needs of All
On this Labor Day holiday, we celebrate working men and women all over the nation, who provide for their families and strengthen our country through their productivity. Perhaps it is fitting that we take a moment to consider the employment of those with mental illness and other behavioral health problems.
Fall Color, Savings Available at Market
The spring and summer market seasons have been busy at Perry Wellness Center. We have shelled and sold unimaginable amounts of peas and butterbeans, and hundreds of bedding plants ferns, and hanging baskets which filled our greenhouses have found new homes with our loyal customers.
As we get ready to enter the fall season at Happy Patch Market, we thought it was time to show some customer appreciation. Stuart Perry notes, “It has been a great season at Happy Patch Market. We want to invite customers for a discount.”
Staff members have selected several plant varieties to place on discount tables at the Furlow Street gates. These include such popular plants as gerbera daisies, society garlic, and lantana. All varieties and colors of roses have also been discounted and are available for only $9 each.
“We have enjoyed welcoming the increase of customers to Happy Patch Market,” says Phyllis Smith. “Stuart and I thought it might be nice to have a ‘thank you’ discount for our customers.”
It’s time to prepare for fall plantings, so we encourage folks to stop by and browse our discount selections.
In the photo above, Kenneth, Vicki, Connie, Mary, and Stuart welcome customers to fall discounts on selected plants at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market.
Information on Child Abuse Shared at Center
Several months ago at a Valentine’s Gala of the “Books for Sumter Kids,” Brad Ray, of the Southwest Georgia Children’s Alliance, shared information and visuals with attendees concerning the facts on child abuse and its effects. Ray spoke of a problem that is very much present in Sumter County, as well as throughout the nation. He revealed troubling trend numbers in Sumter County, Georgia and the United States.
Student and Teacher Promote Better Learning at PWC
After 16 months of faithful reading and study, leadership peer McArthur Thompson nears his goal of passing the GED test in the future. He has been assisted on this journey by Wanda Liles, who has provided reading instruction for McArthur and others at Perry Wellness Center.
Island Festivities Highlight Campus Celebration
Earlier this week we told you about the trip several of our staff and peers made to St. Simons Island, Georgia. There, they attended the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network annual conference, where health and fitness workshops were provided by PWC founder Stuart Perry.
As most of the peers and staff could not head to the coast, however, we decided to bring the coast to Perry Wellness Center. And not just any coast – but the balmy shores of Hawaii, as we held a special Aloha Day on campus.
Food for the day was authentic island traditional, the bright décor reflected our island state’s cheery colors, and the activities were suitably festive. A tropical karaoke event was a highlight of the days’ activities.
At the close of the day, Amanda Perry shared, “Our planning seemed to work. We wanted to let the peers who did not travel to St. Simons realize that we could have our own celebration.”
One of the more popular activities was “Pin the Pea on Stuart.” Stuart Perry’s enthusiasm about pea shelling and sales at the market has been so vocal that he has been informally given the unlikely nickname of “Pea Man.” A poster featuring Stuart’s smiling face invited participants to mount a pea cutout on a Velcro strip.
In the above photo, peers Paul and Awan Pin the Pea on Stuart during a uniquely festive day on campus.