WE ARE HONORED. GreenTree Peer Support Program, including its Peer Center and its Refuge Crisis Support Program, are honored to receive financial support from major funders such as the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, from Forsyth County Government, from the Winston-Salem Foundation, and many individual contributors!
News from Green Tree Peer Center
NEED PEER SUPPORT? 2020 has brought some real trials to our lives, and if we can help out, we want to! We have some specially trained folks who may be able to connect and support you through something you may be struggling with. Please call Laurie or Greg for more information at: 336-577-3743 or 336-582-5806. If no answer, please leave a message say you're calling about peer support and leave your number! We'll get back to you and together, we'll see how we may be able to help!
GREENTREE PEER CENTER is OPEN! After carefully considering both the risk of opening our doors and the risk to some GreenTree Community members by continuing to remain closed, the Board of Directors and the Peer Facilitators at GreenTree Peer Center have decided it is time to open the Peer Center doors again!
Here are the considerations for readers to understand regarding this decision:
1) Please come only if you are healthy, feeling good, not coughing and have had no fever in the previous week.
2) We will require safe physical distancing among participants and will arrange furniture, etc. to support this.
3) Participants will be asked to wear masks. Please bring your own (we may have some extras for people WHO HAVE NOT ALREADY RECEIVED THEM). So bringing a mask and being determined to wear one at all times is your responsibility.
4) HAND WASHING upon arrival and frequently during the afternoon will be required.
5) WE have the duty to honor Governor Cooper's Executive Order 138, which means that we monitor gathering size and physical spacing. We may need to set a limit on attendance at any point we deem necessary for community safety.
SOOO, if you are ready to see some friends and ready to responsibly protect the physical health of others and yourself, WE WELCOME YOU!
GET CONNECTED <---> STAY CONNECTED! We are social creatures! In fact, one of the important Dimensions of Wellness is social well being! When community wide health events cause people to have to isolate themselves somewhat, there are still ways we can connect, maintain a hopeful perspective, and become more resilient! The GreenTree Peer Community is ready to be accessible through individual and group telephone chats and through on-line community meetings! To learn more about this , please email Laurie at email@example.com or call or text at 336-577-3743.
Forsyth County Invests in Citizen Support Offered at GreenTree GreenTree Peer Center is pleased and thankful that the Forsyth County Government has seen our community as a helpful resource that prevents people from needing crisis services and that helps people in life transitions through support and recovery education. GreenTree has served members of the County's Stepping Up program since July 2017 while also supporting participants in the county's Mental Health Court .
WFDD Local Public Radio visits GreenTree, Features Report Our local public radio station wanted to know more about what it had heard in the community, that a unique social setting had been deceloped that welcomes people seeking better lives after having mental health challenges. To see the article, which was published in May of 2017, listen to the report, click HERE.
North Carolina Health News Features GreenTree In mid-August 2016, the Peer Center had a visitor who hung out with us most the afternoon and talked with several willing individuals to learn more about GreenTree and the impact of the peer center on their lives. This resulted in a very informative article about us and the role of peer support in the mental health field. See article.
Video Created Featuring Recovery Stories As a project for her greatest Girl Scout award, high school senior Sydney Schamay interviewed and filmed several of the new friends she met while visiting GreenTree Peers. While GreenTree is non-sectarian in its program offerings, it is stunning to realize how important the spiritual aspect of recovery is! Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IZgP983eAs
Forty in Attendance of Susan Rogers' Training! GreenTree Peer Center and NC CANSO sponsored Susan Rogers, Director of the National Mental Health Consumer's Self-Help Clearinghouse, to present the Freedom Self-Advocacy curriculum at GreenTree on September 19 and 20. People as far away as Raleigh, Charlotte, and the mountains participated while most of the crowd came from Winston-Salem. It was an exciting opportunity, because peers were able to enter into important and empowering discussions that could only happen in such a venue. Susan shared a history of the empowerment movement among people with lived experience as it began in the northeastern U.S. She gave specific action steps that can help people express themselves clearly when advocating at the personal level or at the system level. When people left the training, they seemed to feel united around a common hope that their voices and ideas will impact their own lives, their communities, and this state!
What is The Clearinghouse?
The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is affiliated with the Mental Health Association of Southeast Pennsylvania. It is an organization that focuses on offering technical assistance to consumer organizations and self-help groups across the country. Funded for much of its history in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it has been considered by the federal government as a valuable asset to people trying to promote mental health recovery. We are very fortunate in North Carolina that the Clearing House has been a big part of helping us grow our own 'consumer movement.' Executive Director Joseph Rogers was the key presenter for the "Bright Ideas Forum" hosted by NC CANSO in 2010 and he and Susan Rogers have also presented information for the North Carolina Mental Health Consumer's Organization. To learn more about The Clearing House and review its many publications, check out their web site at www.mhself-help.org
GreenTree Peers Get Grant! We are very fortunate as a group that we have so much friendly support from many friends in the community. We have friends who have shared a location for us to meet (GreenTree Church and Community Center), friends who come by to contribute snacks and other resources (you know who you are!) and now we even have a community group who has given the Peer Center a five hundred dollar grant to help with programming! We wish to thank the Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee at CenterPoint Human Services for inviting us to apply for this grant! We will be using these funds to 1) bring a dietition to GreenTree to instruct us on nutrition for our minds and our bodies and 2) host a self advocacy class using the FREEDOM SELF ADVOCACY curriculum produced by the National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearing House. This organization is one of the technical assistance centers funded by SAMHSA that helps consumer organizations with support and training. In fact, one of the ClearingHouse staff is coming from Pennsylvania in September to offer a training institute to help interested peer specialists learn to present this curriculum in other communities! So this grant is opening some marvelous doors just by association with this project! We are so grateful to the Advisory Committee and hope that this curriculum will help many people gain more benefit from their services through self-advocacy!