Peer Embraces Creative Expression

PotholdersAs a wellness and recovery program, Perry Wellness Center emphasizes creative activity as an antidote for stress. Creative expression can also reduce boredom, increase confidence, and stimulate the brain.

Faithful readers should be very familiar with peer Laurie Slaton, as we have frequently highlighted her creative endeavors. For Laurie, creative activity is a vital part of each day. She has an eye for design, as well as good hand/eye coordination. Laurie’s first endeavor at Perry Wellness Center was the rapid assembly jigsaw puzzles, which she mounted, sealed, and hung for display.

Laurie explained, “I had fun putting together pretty pictures. I like to show my favorite puzzles in my room.”

After her initial projects, Laurie ventured into the more complex artistic world of yarn weaving. She has created many lovely wall hangings using brightly colored yarn, and recently she began making colorful potholders. She shares many of these items with friends, and she also sells them at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market.

Lately, Laurie has taken up the intricate assembly of name bracelets, created with a variety of colored, initialed, and pictorial beads. Last week, she was hard at work on some special holiday bracelets.

“I like to use hearts on my bracelets,” Laurie noted. “It is Valentine’s week, and I have orders to complete.”

As shown in the above photo, Laurie didn’t even let an arm in a sling slow her down from her creative enterprise.

Valentines an All-Week Celebration

Last week, we told our readers about a portion of our Valentines Day Talent Showfestivities at Perry Wellness Center. Our first annual Candy Gram was a big success, as peers enjoyed giving and receiving a variety of Valentine-themed presents to celebrate love and friendship.

But Valentines Day felt more like Valentines Week at the center, as the excitement and activities continued through the rest of the week. On Friday, the celebration continued with a peer talent show, followed by a special luncheon. Fridays have always been days of less structure and more fun on campus, but this past Friday was even more special.

“We tried to celebrate love and Valentines in special ways for our peer population,” said event organizer Amanda Perry. “I think our normal ‘Fun Friday’ has taken on new meaning.”

Twelve peers signed up for a much-anticipated talent show, and each shared his or her special talent with an enthusiastic audience. Some peers sang, one individual shared a recently completed poetic composition, and several were participants in a group dance led by Stuart Perry.

The level of talent made it difficult for the judges to select winners, and there was a three-way tie for first place. Shanesha E., Shanora R., and Nakia R. each received gifts of $30 shopping sprees at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. The second place award was given to Sonya M., and third place was awarded to James M.

Amanda Perry noted, “We had eight judges, and the vote tally was close. I am happy that we had the participation that we did. We discovered new talents at Perry Wellness Center.” She concluded with the promise, “We will have more shows.”

After talent awards were given, peers were given gift bags as they headed to a lunch of homemade lasagna with all the trimmings.

“I am very proud of Amanda and her team of peer planners, “enthused Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO (and proud father) Stuart Perry. “There was no problem with them to help us all celebrate our lives and the caring spirit at Perry Wellness Center.”

In the photo above, event planners and talent show winners gather to celebrate. Left to right are: Karl, Sonya, Amanda, Nakia, Stuart, Shanesia, Kelly, Shanora, Chelsey, and James.

Candy Gram Day Celebrates Love and Friendship

Candy Gram DayThis week, Perry Wellness Center celebrated Valentines Days with a special activity to honor friends and loved ones. During the center’s first “Candy Gram Day,” peers and staff ordered from an assortment of gifts – chips, Ring Pop suckers, balloons, and fresh roses, which were then delivered to their Valentines on the big day.

Amanda Perry was in charge of a busy party committee that organized the event, and she was pleased with the response. “It was important to Daddy, Mother, and me that all people get some reminder of our love for these friends.  Peers took the orders, collected payments, and helped us label over 500 gifts. It was a peer-run activity after we planned the event.”

Approximately 121 packages of potato chips, 8 ring pops, 179 balloons, and 161 roses were purchased and delivered, so Candy Gram Day clearly was a success. As Amanda noted, “We had fun, and the peers enjoyed the day. It was fun to see smiles on everyone on campus.”

But the celebration is not over yet. Today, a Valentines talent show and luncheon will be held to complete the festivities. It’s been a busy week for the newly formed party committee, whose other members include Kelly Jansen, Hannah Blaisdell, Chelsea Hodges, Jamaica Colbert, Shanora Robinson, Shanesha Edge, and Kaylon Holt.

In the photo above, Valentines Day balloons fill the air at Perry Wellness Center.

No "Down" Time at PWC

Phone solitaireLongtime Perry Wellness Center peer Grover Thornton is always an early morning arrival who bikes to the center each day. He is always eager to start the day and often relies on the challenge of various games on his phone to keep him occupied before the daily schedule begins or during breaks.

“It is our goal at Perry Wellness Center to have no ‘down' time for our peers,” says PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry. “We promote constant life learning. Many peers have great luck at putting together puzzles or use their cell phones to play games or text and talk to friends and family. Many, like Grover, enjoy a challenge.”

Around campus, peers enjoy sharing their discovery of new games with others. In the photo above, Grover takes a moment to enjoy a quick game of solitaire on his cell phone. He notes, “I have won this game several times and like the challenge.”

Early Plant Delivery Promises Busy Spring

Plant deliveryNow that the holiday rush is over at Perry Wellness Center, Stuart Perry is ready to welcome spring at the market, along with an expanded reach.

“Being among the first to offer plants and baskets in this area of Americus and Southwest Georgia, makes me celebrate another busy year at our market,” he recently explained. “We have plans to broaden our customer territory. Mulkey [McMichael] has agreed to offer our plant inventory on the first and third Fridays in March in Buena Vista and the first and third Saturdays in March in Ellaville. As our spring inventory of plants increases, I am sure that he will also display and sell these plants.”

After the cleaning and conditioning of all campus greenhouses, the first shipment of seasonal plants has been received. Charlie Stevens of Leslie recently delivered a load of early geraniums, hanging baskets, and other plant varieties.

“I know that Stuart loves plants and wants to be early to provide these plants for customers,” Stevens noted. “I join him in celebrating spring.”

Stuart concluded, “I know the groundhog prediction of a late spring, but I want to be sure to offer first customers a good variety of plants.”

In the photo above, Charlie Stevens hangs one of several early red geraniums he delivered to Perry Wellness Center.

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


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