High Marks Again for Cafeteria Staff

Cafeteria staffCongratulations to our culinary staff once again for a perfect score from our local health department. For most reviews of our cleanliness and general operations, the kitchen at Perry Wellness center has received superior marks. In recent visits, they have received consistent 100s as their scores.


Sam's Shortline Visit a Weekend Success

Mary at MarketThis past weekend, we had an exciting time at the inaugural visit of the Sam’s Shortline Railroad to Perry Wellness Center. On Friday and Saturday mornings, the scenic railroad made its first scheduled stop at our campus. Local visitors also turned out to browse the market and enjoy a variety of foods, from barbecue, peas and cornbread to Hardy Farm peanuts and freshly popped popcorn.

Visitors to the market were greeted by a display of unique objects and peer creations at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, placed on special tables as part of a fall wellness sale. Noted market clerk Mary Rounds, “We placed some great gifts on our display tables at an inviting price. Some of these pieces will make great Christmas presents.”

Mums were also on display at the market, blooming in five different colors, and bins of fresh produce welcomed both long-time customers and riders of the Shortline system.

Visitors were provided with information sheets and tours of the campus during the stop. Tour groups this weekend included members of the Learning in Retirement team from Valdosta, GA, along with other visitors from South Georgia. We hope to welcome new visitors soon!

In the photo, Mary Rounds displays an antique candle that was made from heart pine back in the 1860s.

Sam's Shortline Railroad Comes to PWC

Sam Shortline prepIf you hear a train whistle on our campus today or tomorrow, it’s not your imagination. Perry Wellness Center is pleased to welcome its first scheduled stop of the SAM’S Shortline Railroad. The scenic railroad provides tourists with stops at noteworthy locations throughout the area, and we now look forward to welcoming visitors from outside the area to our campus and market.

We’ve brightened up the campus even more, stocked fresh inventory at the market, and created a train ramp for passengers.

Today and tomorrow, September 12 and 13, we will be welcoming visitors at our track-side entrance. We encourage local patrons to join us. We will be handing out information sheets about the program and providing campus tours. Bottled water and Hardy Farm peanuts are available for only $1 for the pair, and our popcorn popper will be out in full force. Traditional barbecue plates from Four Dukes and barbecue rips prepared by Brett Braxton will both be available. (They represent the work of two champion winners at the area Pig Jig.) Visitors can also stop by the market and check out our fall mums, available in four colors.

“We are thrilled to welcome visitors on the Sam’s Shortline rail system,” Stuart Perry enthused. “We are excited to join other sites in Sumter County and our area. We have a lot to share with visitors!”

In the photo, Brad Clark, left, and Kelly Jansen ready the popcorn popper for active duty during the Sam’s Shortline tour stop.

Business Leader & Proud Family Man Supports PWC

Silas BushWe enjoy seeing all our visitors to the Perry Wellness Center campus and Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. But we have to confess that some visitors are just a little extra special, whether because of their great support of our mission or the extra cheer they bring.

One such visitor is Mr. Silas Bush, a well-known local businessman. A native of Americus, Mr. Silas worked in the Atlanta area for several years, representing dairy services for the Georgia Extension Services. When he returned to Americus, he established a retail/wholesale franchise for Texaco and operated this business for 25 years.


Peer Spotlight: Tim Davenport

Among other things, we hope that you notice our clean campus when you visit Perry Wellness Tim DavenportCenter. Thanks to many peers who work to maintain our curb appeal, the grounds and buildings of the center always seem to shine!

One person who helps in this process is Tim Davenport. At the end of each day, he cleans the classroom building, the site of much foot traffic throughout the day.

“Some days I sweep and mop, but sweeping during the dry days requires more attention,” Tim notes. Although he is proud of his work at Perry Wellness Center, Tim feels he has benefitted from being here in many other ways.

“I was on the street and doing nothing,” he recalls. “Someone suggested that I check with Stuart Perry and the Perry Wellness Center. Here I am doing all I can!”

The 31-year-old peer was born in Philadelphia, but moved to Americus as an infant. He now lives in Habitat for Humanity’s Easter Morning housing and enjoys his community.

“Some days, I take transit and some days I leave early and walk the miles to Perry Wellness Center,” Tim explains. “I look at the days that I walk as my daily exercise.”

Tim volunteers that he has learned much about helping others while attending the center and shares a recent call from a depressed friend. Devastated over a failed relationship, the friend was contemplating suicide.

“I told her that such an action was not worth it. She would hurt more than herself with negative thoughts and possible suicide,” he recalls. Listening to his friend’s concerns seemed to help. “She seemed okay with our conversation.” He is proud that he has not only improved his own life by attending the center, but has learned how to better help others.

Whether at work with his trusty broom, walking faithfully to the center, or providing peer support to a friend, Tim Davenport demonstrates the message of recovery in his daily life. Thanks, Tim, for all you do!

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