Thanksgiving lunchWhile gratitude is an important part of any recovery program, Perry Wellness Center staff and peers are particularly aware of the need to give thanks during this time of year. The holiday season brings out our sense of gratitude and hope for the future.


During Thanksgiving week, peers met together to share their personal thanks for their lives and those of friends and family. As each individual spoke, his or her comments triggered responses from others around the table. Throughout the open discussion, comments were channeled to prompt positive actions that are possible and expected during the holiday season.

“The staff and peers had a great day as we opened the floor for all to share issues and goals in their lives, “ Perry Wellness Center Stuart Perry noted. “I am happy that with each comment, the client had already thought of ways to handle possible conflicts and dilemmas during Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

After the discussion, Pam Perry and Phyllis Smith shared scripture and special readings, and Stuart offered a blessing for the meal before them. Tables and counters were piled high with seasonal food for the assembled group.

“I know everybody went home with a full stomach and good thoughts,” Stuart said.

But the food and discussion didn’t stop here. Last Wednesday, another period of sharing followed a special holiday brunch of eggs, sausage, grits, and sweet rolls. The latter item was greeted with requests for more!

Explained Culinary Director Kelly Jansen, “This idea and recipe came from the Americus Civitan Club and is like a wee-lemon cake.” Such delicacies are always another reason to give thanks at Perry Wellness Center.

We hope you and yours had a Thanksgiving filled with good food and gratitude as well.

In the above photo, the Perry Wellness Center cafeteria fills with peers and staff, eager to share a Thanksgiving feast.

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