Local Matron Joins Volunteer Efforts at PWC

Andrea ThomasSeveral days ago, two local ladies chatted together in a conversation that led to a positive decision. Mental health advocate and former Americus first lady Andrea Thomas confided to her friend, Charlene Hayes, a fellow advocate and nurse at Perry Wellness Center, that she would really like to volunteer at the center.

After receiving encouragement, Mrs. Thomas approached Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry on the grounds of St. Johns Anglican Church, where she offered her volunteer services. Needless to say, Stuart was thrilled to accept her offer and quickly made arrangements for her to begin.

On Monday, April 16, Andrea Thomas arrived at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market – named, by the way, in memory of her friend Charlene’s late husband, advocate and author Rudy Hayes. She was greeted by Stuart, who quickly escorted her around the many greenhouses and open pavilions in the market area.

“The wind was cold and rough,” Stuart recalls, “But Mrs. Thomas was not hampered in her enthusiasm to help. I gave her the visitor’s tour, but she quickly reminded me that she was here to work!”

As for her duties, Stuart explains, “She will be visiting our center to help water the thousands of plants that we currently have.”

With a smile, the appreciate director concludes, “I am thrilled to have Andrea Thomas and lost no time in asking her to find additional volunteers.”

As for Andrea Thomas, her feelings mirror Stuart’s. “I am thrilled to be involved with Perry Wellness Center,” she says. “I have known Stuart for a long time, but his attendance at St. Johns Anglican Church excited me to help in his mission.”

Welcome and thanks, Miss Andrea!

In the photo above, Stuart Perry, left, and plant maintenance staffer Steve McKenzie, right, welcome their newest volunteer, Andrea Thomas, to Perry Wellness Center.

Truckload Harvest Arrives from St. Johns Anglican Church

St. Johns HarvestRecently, we shared the story of the growing community partnership between Perry Wellness Center and St. Johns Anglican Church. Several months ago, the expansion of the church grounds at 220 Southland Road led to the creation of a series of raised garden beds, along with walking trails and a recreational area. During the plan stages, church leaders determined that nutritional produce would be planted in the beds and used to help feed the growing number of peers at the center. Many of these individuals now attend St. Johns, along with PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry and family members.

“This partnership of caring for our peer population and staff began last Christmas,” Stuart notes. “Since then, this church has increased its donations to Perry Wellness Center. I make a point to thank everyone in person each time I attend this thriving church.”

A portion of the garden beds harvest is sent to Rudy’s Happy Patch Market for display and sale to its growing number of customers, while the remainder heads to the cafeteria for lunch preparation. The greater variety in fresh produce is greeted with approval by peers and staff alike.

“They harvested red tip lettuce on their first delivery,” Stuart recalls. “It was a hit in our cafeteria. We all loved the fresh taste of this pretty lettuce.”

Several vegetable varieties were harvested and delivered to Rudy’s Happy Patch Market on one recent work day. The delivery included broccoli, collards, and giant heads of cabbage.

In the photo above, Stuart Perry smiles as he cuts broccoli heads from newly dug plants.

Tips for Knockout Roses

Knockouts 2018Throughout Southwest Georgia, green 3-gallon containers of Knockout roses are being brought home from Rudy’s Happy Patch Market for planting. The popular blooming plant is a mainstay of the market, and the spring supply is greater than ever this year.

Says Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry, “We have five colors of Knockout roses available, with single and double blooms. With the popularity of the Knockout rose, I have bought 1,000 plants. We sell them for a very low price to please our customers. They have been popular at Happy Patch, and I want customers to leave with a smile.” While online and local prices vary, the price for all varieties is $18 at Happy Patch.

Following are a few instructions for the planting and care of Knockout roses:

  1. Select a planting location in full sunlight. The more hours of sunlight the plant receives, the more vigorous its blooming.
  2.  Consider your soil quality prior to planting. Heavy clay may need amending to improve drainage or moisture retention improved in soil with a large amount of sand in it.
  3. Water thoroughly. Lack of adequate watering is the primary cause of plant death after planting. The plant’s roots and potting soil should be saturated prior to placement. Additionally, the rose bush should be watered every day it doesn’t rain during the first year. This process will help acclimate the plant to the soil and spread its roots.
  4. Apply a granular slow-release fertilizer such as Miracle Grow to the newly planted rose bush. A healthy application will help it recuperate from its replanting and adjust to its new location. For lush growth, continue a monthly application until cooler weather in the fall.
  5. Prune lightly when needed. Heavy pruning is not required, as Knockout roses tend to grow uniformly. A light trim can control overly long stems and encourage a thicker growth.
  6. When it comes to rose bushes, one IS the loneliest number, so plant several bushes together. You might even consider a raised bed for ease in maintaining your Knockouts.

In the photo above, a market parking lot is lined with containers of Knockout roses, ready for spring planting.

The Language of Flowers

Geraniums and FernsIf you haven’t noticed by now, spring is popping out all over! The bright colors of our geraniums at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market are true POPs of color on campus.

Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry always welcomes the sight of blooming geraniums on the grounds. “I am happy that our inventory of brightly colored geraniums seems to brighten smiles on our customer’s faces,” Stuart says. “I know that the geraniums were popular on our first mobile markets to Buena Vista and Ellaville.”

A natural-born marketer at heart, Stuart understands that in order for someone to hear a message, their attention must first be captured. “Our goal is to have all of our customers learn more about our mission at Perry Wellness Center. Now, more of our customers in Americus and other areas are leaving with a smile,” he notes. They may leave with a brightly colored plant in hand, but they are also leaving with a message about mental health and recovery.

These days, Mother Nature seems to be the greatest marketing tool of all!

In the photo above, bright geraniums greet customers in five greenhouses and a pavilion on the Perry Wellness Center campus.

"Going Green" a Healthy Meal Choice

LettuceAt Perry Wellness Center, there are as many types of greens as there are shades of green. Kelly Jansen, a certified chef and nutritionist trained at South Georgia Technical College, promotes healthy, “green” eating in the center’s cafeteria and market. A variety of green, leafy produce, from collards to salad greens, is grown in the raised beds on campus, tended by peers, and sold at the market or carried home.

“I am aware of the value of greens in my personal diet and in the health and wellness program for our peers,” he explains. “We can cut any of these lettuce varieties for our customers, and they can serve a very fresh salad to their family.”

Recently, an overstock of different greens was made available to peers to take home for a future meal. Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry says, “We had an abundance of both collards and salad greens in our gardens. We cut and bagged them for peers to take home for a future meal.”

In the photo above, a lush selection of fresh, growing lettuce awaits its future at a spring dinner table. 

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  497. October Winners Announced
  498. A Barnyard Halloween?
  499. New Fire Pit Brings Warmth to Celebration
  500. Journey for Life Celebration a Success
  501. A Day of Celebration
  502. Pop Top Donations: A Progress Report
  503. It Takes a Community
  504. Farmers Feed and Seed Provides Peer Opportunity
  505. A Little Hocus Pocus
  506. Peer Realizes Dream as Volunteer Fire Fighter
  507. Seeds of Plenty Decorations Highlight Fall Gardens
  508. Going Green for Mental Illness Awareness
  509. "Coach Stuart" Promotes Fitness on Campus
  510. Fire Pit Offers Spot for Warm Conversation
  511. Pupils and Pumpkins!
  512. Have Bike, Will Travel
  513. Fall Campus Improvements Underway
  514. Journey for Life Anniversary Race Scheduled
  515. Fall Market Outing a Family Experience
  516. Willie Pryor Is Dedicated Peer
  517. High Marks Again for Cafeteria Staff
  518. Sam's Shortline Visit a Weekend Success
  519. Sam's Shortline Railroad Comes to PWC
  520. Business Leader & Proud Family Man Supports PWC
  521. Peer Spotlight: Tim Davenport
  522. PWC Peer Wins Top Medal in 5K Run
  523. Fall Market Sale Continues
  524. Labor Day: Remember Employment Needs of All
  525. Fall Color, Savings Available at Market
  526. Information on Child Abuse Shared at Center
  527. Student and Teacher Promote Better Learning at PWC
  528. Island Festivities Highlight Campus Celebration
  529. 16 PWC Staff & Peers Attend GMHCN Conference
  530. Thomasville Couple Visits PWC Regularly
  531. Helping Hand Fountain New Home to Giant Koi
  532. Fresh Shelled Peas Dominate Market Demand
  533. PWC Peers and Staff Run in Historic Footsteps
  534. Family & Farming: Local Grower Enjoys Benefits
  535. Kaylon Holt: Popping a Top to Help Others
  536. From Patient to Provider: Mulkey McMichael
  537. Harvesting the "Fruits of Our Efforts"
  538. Sumter Sheriff a Favorite Market Patron
  539. Peers Harvest and Preserve Garden Produce
  540. Produce Program Expands to Tazewell
  543. Roll Out the Barrel!
  544. Marketing the Market: Peas for Sale with Area Vendors
  545. It's Tomato Time!
  546. Market Customers Brave HOT Weather
  547. Kenneth Christmas: Master Cook
  548. PWC Supports Sarah Cobb Elementary
  549. It's a Red, White, and Blue Celebration
  550. Newest Campus Creation Offers Helping Hand
  551. "Peas, Peas, I Love Peas!"
  552. The Fine Art of Weeding
  554. Agrium Project in Bloom
  555. GSW Student Brings Yoga Practice to PWC
  556. Welcome to New Market Staff
  557. Agrium Planting Project Continues
  558. Grover Thornton Tends to Summer Plants
  559. Chase Farm Corn Arrives!
  560. Smiling Customers Explore Happy Patch Plants
  561. Peer Spotlight: Jeanette Williams
  562. Agrium Garden Project Continues to Grow
  563. Larger Trees Now Available at Market
  564. Mike Harper Shares Planting Talents
  565. Snow Peas for Summer: Nutritional Awareness Promoted at Market
  566. Five Fun Facts about Our Own E.T.!
  567. Bill Perry a Loyal Customer at Market
  568. Adventist Community Services Makes Monthly Donation
  569. New Greenhouse Tribute to Community Involvement
  570. The First Taste of Summer
  571. Noah Cochran Promotes Fitness at PWC
  572. Tennis, Anyone?
  573. At 55, No Speed Limit for Stuart Perry
  574. Service Providers Make Difference in Community
  575. Brad Clark Shares Faith with Others
  576. HIV/AIDS Educator Provides Valuable Information
  577. Arts in the Park a Success
  578. Wagons Ho!
  579. Peer Art Featured at "Arts in the Park"
  580. Executive Tasks: Stuart Perry Goes His Own Way
  581. 10,000 Tab Tops and Counting!
  582. Growing Together/Feeding the World
  583. "Spring Has Sprung" at Market
  584. James Goss Demonstrates Market Cheer & Dedication
  585. Edward Thomas Is Forceful Wellness Advocate
  586. Product Display Is Vital Market Activity
  587. "Knock Out" Roses Fill Happy Patch Market
  588. Seasoned Firewood Available at Discount
  589. Spring Plant Care in Full Swing
  590. Getting Steamed at PWC
  591. Last Pecans of Season Available at Market
  592. Spring Cleaning Takes on New Meaning
  593. Chris Wheeler Joins Market Team
  594. New "European-Style" Greenhouse Nears Completion
  595. Creative Successes Continue at PWC
  596. Spring Brings Color and Market Specials
  597. Sunny Days Promote Outdoor Learning at PWC
  598. PWC Rolls Out Clean Welcome Mat
  599. Crisis Intervention Team Enjoys Campus Visit
  600. Mental Health Moment: Postpartum Depression
  601. Mentoring: Tech-Savvy Peer Makes Strides
  602. A Fond Farewell to Winter Gardening
  603. Artist Jeff Williams Promotes Creative Mentorship at PWC
  604. Pam Perry Involved in Leadership of WHAM Program
  605. Adventist Community Services Continues Food Deliveries
  606. Late Winter Market Blossoms
  607. Art Education, Mentorship Expand
  608. Valentine's Gala Promotes Partnership and Celebration
  609. Creative Display Boards Brighten Campus
  610. Peers & Staff Share Learning & Teaching
  611. Loomwork Creativity on Display
  612. "Peers Helping Peers" Is Heart of PWC
  613. PWC Kitchen Staff Expands
  614. WHAM Participants Enjoy Winter Exercise
  615. Glass Greenhouse to Brighten PWC Campus
  616. Peers Display Unique Creative Designs
  617. Scent of Cedar Fills the Air at PWC
  618. Firewood Is Latest Winter Market Item
  619. January Is Mental Wellness Month
  620. Market Still Vibrant in Winter
  621. Market Begins Early Preparations for Spring
  622. Runner Undertakes His Own Journey for Mental Health
  623. It's Addiction Recovery Awareness Day
  624. A YARN Worth Telling
  625. Resolutions and Risk Reduction: Top Six Actions for Better Health
  626. PWC Plans for New Year
  627. Peers Receive Holiday Food Bags
  628. Tips for a Healthier You in 2014
  629. Perfect Attendance Rewarded
  630. Festive Christmas Lunch Enjoyed at PWC
  631. Americus Civitans Bring Christmas Spirit
  632. Christmas Celebrations Fill Day and Night at PWC
  633. Cheer Up the Blues Almost Here!
  634. Peer Mentoring Brings Special Holiday Gift
  635. Peer Spotlight: Laurie Hildreth
  636. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
  637. PWC Hosts RESPECT Seminar
  638. Re-TREE-ving Lives Is Unique Christmas Parade Theme
  639. Seasonal Food Bags Bring Holiday Cheer
  640. Holiday Season Includes Fun & Learning
  641. Dressing for the Occasion
  642. A Thanksgiving Wish
  643. Peer Spotlight: Bible on Parade
  644. Healthy & Delicious: Fuyu Persimmons
  645. Healthy Eating Vital to Wellness and Recovery
  646. A Lesson in Pumpkin-Craft
  647. Group Attends Georgia Peer Support Institute
  648. Striking Back Against Hunger
  649. Community Spotlight: Johnny Shiver Provides Unique Support
  650. Georgia Advocate Shares Personal Story
  651. Peer Spotlight: Essie Fulks
  652. Wanda Liles Makes Wishes Come True
  653. PWC Celebrates Spirit Week
  654. Stigma Can Be Scary
  655. A Tale of Two Walks: Minister and Mental Health Advocate Meet
  656. PWC Participates in Farm to Fork Gala
  657. "Skeleton" Crews Learns Life Skills
  658. PWC Participates in Andersonville Fair
  659. October Is Mental Illness Awareness Month
  660. Treadmill Record Set at Center
  661. The Scarecrows Are Here!
  662. Getting Ready for Autumn Fires
  663. Peer Spotlight: Javin Baker
  664. Birthdays Are Special at PWC
  665. Clothes Closet Provides Assistance to Peers
  666. PWC Weekly Schedule Requires Advance Planning
  667. Fall Exercise at PWC
  668. Water, Water Everywhere!
  669. Promoting Your Child's Mental Health
  670. September Is for Celebrating Recovery
  671. Peer Provides Lesson in Integrity
  672. National Suicide Prevention Week Is Here
  673. Local Physician Supports Center
  674. Market Ready for Fall Season
  675. National Recovery Month Focuses on Pathways to Wellness
  676. GSW Student Nurses Visit Campus
  677. Peer Spotlight: Artist at Work
  678. Guilt-Free Southern Cooking
  679. Media Matters: Sharing the Journey
  680. Pulling Our Weight with Fitness Program
  681. James Goss Achieves Educational Goal
  682. Lions Club and Peers Provide Mutual Support
  683. Koi Pond Enhances Peaceful Campus
  684. Visitors Provide Time for Sharing
  685. Wellness Walk Helps Keep the Pace
  686. Jeff Williams Recognized for Community Contributions
  687. Crisis Intervention Team Trainees Visit Campus
  688. Peers Attend RESPECT Institute Seminar
  689. PWC Traces Its Roots
  690. Rudy Hayes Visits PWC
  691. Creativity Corner
  692. Peer Shows Leadership in Learning & Teaching Reading Skills
  693. "First Couple" of PWC Celebrates Anniversary
  694. Summer Barbecue: Thanks to Civitans!
  695. Book Loving Peer Teaches Life Lesson
  696. Giving Back Part of Recovery
  697. Peacemakers Campers Tour PWC
  698. Happy Fourth of July!
  699. First Methodist Youth Group Visits Center
  700. Shelling Out Summer Produce
  701. Mealtimes: Finding the Right Balance
  702. The Art of Creative Expression
  703. Flower Tower Power
  704. Peer Member Reflects on Early Years -- Part III
  705. Peer Member Reflects on Early Years -- Part II
  706. Peer Member Reflects on Early Years at PWC
  707. PWC Peer Pays It Forward as Reading Tutor
  708. Watermelon Salsa!
  709. Summer's Finest Fruit Is Here!
  710. Men Are Creative, Too!
  711. Customer Service Part of PWC Market Outreach
  712. Local Nursing Students Visit PWC
  713. 7 Tips for Reducing Stress
  714. Albany CSB Group Tours Campus
  715. Time for Tomatoes
  716. Great Taste, Low Costs, Good Nutrition -- It's Breakfast at PWC!
  717. Gideons Share Bibles with Peers
  718. Mental Health Month Daily Tip
  719. Peer's Spring Planting Teaches Lesson in Recovery
  720. "Peers Helping Peers" in Action
  721. PWC Peer Places 1st in Area Run
  722. PWC Welcomes New Horizons Staff
  723. Pathways to Wellness: A Healthy Diet
  724. Community Event Draws Visitors to Market
  725. Older Adults Reach Out for Mental Health Treatment
  726. New Flower Towers Grace Hope Park
  727. Plant Education
  728. All in the Family: Peer Profile
  729. Creativity Blooms Alongside Plants at Market
  730. Double Trouble Offers Double the Support
  731. A Taxing Day? Get Some Stress Relief
  732. Rainy Days and Fridays (Never Get Us Down)
  733. WRAP Program a Favorite Recovery Guide at PWC
  734. Token System Provides More than Token Results
  735. Lessons Learned: Water Conservation and Plant Care
  736. April in Bloom
  737. 10 Things: Amanda Perry
  738. Monitoring Progress through Documentation
  739. Wanted: Reading Mentors
  740. Hanging Baskets Are in Bloom
  741. Area Law Enforcement Visit PWC during Crisis Intervention Training
  742. Peer Mentors Promote Reading Comprehension
  743. WHAM Program Brings New Opportunities
  744. Fighting Germs at PWC
  745. Hangin' in the Greenhouse
  746. Teens and Addiction - New Links
  747. Greenhouse Prep Work in Progress
  748. Spring Preparations Continue
  749. Spring Greens on the Way
  750. Males and Eating Disorders
  751. Take Action to Stop Eating Disorders
  752. Artistic Value Is Priceless at PWC
  753. Puzzle Pieces and Knitting Needles Make for Creative Partnerships
  754. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Almost Here
  755. Manson Markette Works His Magic on PWC Grounds
  756. APA Cites Little Medical Guidance in Stress Management
  757. Save Energy; Save Money!
  758. Award-Winning Collards Recipe
  759. Blue Argo Offers Unique Gift to PWC
  760. PWC Intern Promotes Respect for the Environment
  761. PWC Team Wins Area Cook-Off
  762. Collard and Cornbread Cook-Off: Don't Forget!
  763. Net Results
  764. We're Growing!
  765. Legacy Walls: A Look Back
  766. Going Green: Collards and Competition
  767. An Artful Health Reminder
  768. Second Harvest: Pecans in Demand at Market
  769. Keeping the #1 New Year's Resolution
  770. "Recycle and Reuse" in Action at PWC
  771. Americus Banker "Pays It Forward"
  772. Local Civic Group Brings Holiday Cheer
  773. Community Spotlight: Local Businessman Gives Back
  774. Building a Sense of Community
  775. Winners Announced in PWC Gasoline Raffle
  776. 9 Holiday Depression Busters
  777. Walk 27 to Honor Shooting Victims
  778. 11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression Triggers
  779. Cheer Up the Blues Is Big Success
  780. PWC a Christmas Parade Winner
  781. Equation for Wellness
  782. Cheer Up the Blues 2012 Coming Soon
  783. PWC Reps Attend Georgia Peer Support Institute
  784. No Rain Delays at PWC!
  785. Wellness Program under Expansion
  786. Beating the Holiday Blues: Part I
  787. Thanksgiving Offers Food for the Spirit (and Healthy Appetites!)
  788. THANKS for GIVING: Volunteers Make the Season Bright
  789. Going Green with Unique Garden Mulch
  790. Ten Tips for Better Mental Health
  791. Judicial Rep Tours PWC
  792. One Man's Anti-Smoking Campaign
  793. Net-Working at PWC
  794. Ready for Our Close-Up
  795. Pecan Harvest Prompts Holiday Baking
  796. Mental Health Wellness Week Almost Here
  797. New Peer Specialists Certified
  798. The Blueberry Connection
  799. Stuart Perry Speaks at Town Hall Meeting
  800. PWC Recognized for Best Practices
  801. Home Safe Home
  802. Six Exercise Essentials
  803. Joining Hands to Beat Mental Illness
  804. PWC Learns Fire Safety Tips from Local Experts
  805. Congratulations to DJ!
  806. PWC Promotes Healthy Environment
  807. Double Trouble to Double Recovery
  808. National Depression Screening Day
  809. Fall Fair Fun!
  810. Sowing the Seeds for Harvest Bounty
  811. Birthdays Provide Opportunity for Emotional Benefits
  812. National Depression Screening Day Is Next Week
  813. Peer Profile: Artist at Work
  814. They're Baaack -- Global Outreach Lends a Hand
  815. Fall Ramblings
  816. Hog Wild for Fitness
  817. An A+ for Effort
  818. Commemorating Suicide Prevention Week
  819. The Scarecrows Are Coming!
  820. September 11: A Time to Remember
  821. Fall Market Update
  822. PWC Reps Attend State Consumer Conference
  823. Happy Patch Market Prepares for Autumn Season
  824. Rosalynn Carter Visits Perry Wellness Center
  825. Planting a Seed of Hope
  826. Intern Promotes Social Contact for Mental Health Peers
  827. Peer Profile: Bible Study in the Garden
  828. Meditation Arbor Provides both Shade and Inspiration
  829. Lesson in Leadership
  830. Follow the Red Brick Road
  831. Local Food Vendors Support Happy Patch Market
  832. Global Outreach Ministries Students Provide Assistance at PWC
  833. 90 Minutes to Better Mental Health
  834. Wellness Tip: The Sounds of Nature
  835. Teamwork, Physical Activity, Friendly Competition: Let the Games Begin!
  836. Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network A Voice for Many
  837. Carter Center Celebrates 30 Years of Mental Health Focus
  838. More Healthy Eating for Summer
  839. Hope Park Provides Quiet Oasis
  840. FACTS: Mental Illness & Violence
  841. Healthy Eating -- Caprese Salad
  842. How Does Your Garden Grow?
  843. In the Cards
  844. Lessons of the Geese
  845. Lowe's Provides Garden Equipment to PWC
  846. For the Birds
  847. Stand Up for Your Health
  848. New Hours at Happy Patch Market
  849. PWC Participates in Local "Farm to Fork" Benefit
  850. Get Ready for a Farm to Table July 4th Cook-Out
  851. Stress Buster: Taking a Time Out
  852. Local Support Always Welcome
  853. June Is Men's Health Month
  854. Divine Bovine
  855. "Journey for Life" Re-Issued: Book Signing Planned
  856. Politicians and Potting Soil
  857. Ah, Summer Peas!
  858. Trash and Treasure
  859. Try "Mood Foods"!
  860. Wellness: The Mind-Body Connection
  861. Lives Restored: Faces of Recovery
  862. June Is for Healthy Eating
  863. Green Thumb Dads
  864. Silent No More: May Is Mental Health Month
  865. Welcome to The Peer Post


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