Peer Member Reflects on Early Years -- Part III
In the last part of Annie Ruth Thomas’ reflections on her history at Perry Wellness Center, she describes the power of having a dream and what the program has meant to her.
“Stuart had another dream for this place. Stuart told me that he was going to fulfill this dream. I believed him and it did happen.
After a brief absence from the program, Miss Annie Ruth was reminded of the program’s motto and its logo of flying geese across the sky.
“I left this center for about a year. Stuart said that our motto is, ‘Geese that fly together stay together.’ I returned to Perry Wellness Center in 2011. I had visited the new place at 302 East Furlow Street in Americus and it was very nice. One day, Stuart called for me to come back with him. I did return and don't feel like I made a mistake.
“We have his wife, Miss Pam, and his daughter, Amanda on board now. Now we have a new kitchen. God is good and this is a dream come true for Stuart and for me. I know that Stuart and I have received another blessing from God. We now have about 60 peers and about 15 staff members.
She describes the power of peer support, as well as the encouragement of staff, in her own recovery.
“I have two friends that have never looked down on me for being me. They support me 100%. They are Brenda B. and Mary B. They encourage me to go on. They have called on me and prayed with me. I thank them both. I thank Pam and Amanda for letting me enjoy your husband and dad. Miss Pam, you an extraordinary woman and friend. You never turned me down and I love you.”
Thank YOU, Miss Annie Ruth, for sharing your thoughts and feelings about Perry Wellness Center. Your support has blessed our program.