A Day of Celebration

JFL recognition ceremony

As you know by now, Perry Wellness Center is hosting a 15th anniversary 5K face and fun run this coming Saturday, October 25 at 9:00 a.m. (Check-in and registration are at 8:00 a.m.) But you may not have heard about our recognition ceremony after the run.

At 10:30 a.m., we'll meet back at Perry Wellness Center, 302 East Furlow Street, Americus, diagnally across from historic Rees Park. Our Journey for Life Recognition Ceremony will feature invited guests for whom we are offering special recognition for all their efforts on behalf of the center and mental health advocacy. The general public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Many of you joined us 15 years ago as we walked to the city limits of Americus on the first leg of Stuart Perry's 1000-mile walk to Chicago on behalf of depression screening advocacy. Some of you walked the last mile to the American Medical Association conference in Chicago. Others supported the public awareness campaign with donations, prayers, or words of support.  Community support made the difference then -- and it can continue to make all the difference now, as we look forward to the next 15 years and beyond of supporting mental health and substance abuse recovery in Southwest Georgia.

Whether you walk, run, or stand up for PWC, we hope you will join us this Saturday!

Pop Top Donations: A Progress Report

Pop top updateIt’s time for an update on the story of peer Kaylon Holt’s efforts to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Georgia. We’ve told you about his collecting of aluminum can pop tops that can be redeemed for donations. Kaylon first began gathering these tabs to help a friend whose father had cancer. After the gentleman passed away, Kaylon wanted to put 900 pop tops to use. After getting ideas from staff member Jeff Williams, Kaylon decided on the Ronald McDonald House, where families of children with cancer can stay while their loved ones are receiving treatment.


It Takes a Community

Crepe myrtleKeeping the large campus of Perry Wellness Center attractive and safe is a full-time job, and community input is a vital part of the process. Recently these facts were illustrated when a customer at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market expressed a potential safety concern to us. He had noted several overgrown crepe myrtle trees near the eastern market entrance. They could possibly interfere with sightlines for motorists or pedestrians.

The trees were actually growing on the property line of the adjacent property, so permission was sought and granted to cut overhanging limbs. Two peers, Kenneth Christmas and Grover Thornton, immediately accepted the task of removing problem limbs on two of the mature trees.

Our thanks for all the customer support at Happy Patch Market. Whether interacting with peers, supporting our work through the purchase of fresh produce, or being alert to everyone’s safety, our wonderful customers always come through. As do our dedicated peers – thanks Grover (left in photo) and Kenneth!

Farmers Feed and Seed Provides Peer Opportunity

Joiner and ArnetteSome months ago, Roderick Arnett, a peer at Perry Wellness Center, applied for employment with Frank Joiner, owner of Farmers Feed and Seed of Americus. Mr. Joiner's thriving business is a local institution, and first opened its doors in 1954, across the street from his current location at 206 N. Hampton. In 1968, more room was needed for his expanded operation, and the complex was moved to its current location.


A Little Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus1029 is the magic number! That’s the entry number for Perry Wellness Center in the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce “Sumter Scarecrow” competition. Businesses and individuals compete to see who can create the winning Halloween display featuring scarecrows. A previous competition winner, our center has created a 2014 display with a “Hocus Pocus” theme.

Celebrating Halloween is always a favorite activity at the center, and it provides opportunities for community interaction, creativity, and socializing – all part of the recovery process. Help us celebrate this year by visiting the Chamber’s Facebook page and casting your vote at:  https://www.facebook.com/AmericusSumterChamber.

Voting ends October 28, so hurry and help us share the magic!

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  3. Going Green for Mental Illness Awareness
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  19. Labor Day: Remember Employment Needs of All
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  25. Thomasville Couple Visits PWC Regularly
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  28. PWC Peers and Staff Run in Historic Footsteps
  29. Family & Farming: Local Grower Enjoys Benefits
  30. Kaylon Holt: Popping a Top to Help Others
  31. From Patient to Provider: Mulkey McMichael
  32. Harvesting the "Fruits of Our Efforts"
  33. Sumter Sheriff a Favorite Market Patron
  34. Peers Harvest and Preserve Garden Produce
  35. Produce Program Expands to Tazewell
  38. Roll Out the Barrel!
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  40. It's Tomato Time!
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  54. Chase Farm Corn Arrives!
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  56. Peer Spotlight: Jeanette Williams
  57. Agrium Garden Project Continues to Grow
  58. Larger Trees Now Available at Market
  59. Mike Harper Shares Planting Talents
  60. Snow Peas for Summer: Nutritional Awareness Promoted at Market
  61. Five Fun Facts about Our Own E.T.!
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  75. Executive Tasks: Stuart Perry Goes His Own Way
  76. 10,000 Tab Tops and Counting!
  77. Growing Together/Feeding the World
  78. "Spring Has Sprung" at Market
  79. James Goss Demonstrates Market Cheer & Dedication
  80. Edward Thomas Is Forceful Wellness Advocate
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  115. Market Still Vibrant in Winter
  116. Market Begins Early Preparations for Spring
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  321. Intern Promotes Social Contact for Mental Health Peers
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