Knitting projectCreative expression is one of the hallmarks of the Perry Wellness Center recovery program. Learning to express oneself creatively can boost confidence and promote better self-expression.

The 62 peers who attend the center have many outlets for their creativity. For example, an art class is held each Tuesday afternoon. Led by volunteer Vangie Perry, the weekly class focuses on creative craft ideas. On other mornings, peer members work on drawing, colored pen work, and needlecrafts, both before and after group sessions. It is not uncommon to see peers teach each other new crafts or techniques.

Our center is privileged to have a nationally known artist on its staff. Jeff Williams provides leadership for arts activities in the program, and also uses his talents to help beautify the campus.

"We are excited about the creative talents at Perry Wellness Center," Jeff says. "This creative outlet is a vital part of increased wellness for our peers."

In the photo above, peer member Laurie Hildreth demonstrates one form of peer support as she gets ready to share her knitting talent with another member. They plant to complete a quilt cover for the cooler season.

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