Stopping Stigma & Enjoying Recovery

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Raised by 15 people in 9 months
The Wellness Center is an amazing place! On a typical day, 50 to 70 people living with mental illness come for groups, classes and peer support. Over 1,000 individuals come to The Wellness Center (TWC) each year! We have 12 Recovery Coaches and 3 administrative staff, all of whom have lived experience with mental illness - are living stable, productive and -for the most part ;-) happy lives! The pic above is updated from our 2015 Walk.

TWC is a Program of San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services and starting July 1, 2017, will be run by Peer Recovery Services -the FIRST peer run organization in San Joaquin County.  Recovery is Possible!

TWC is a non-clinical center and "evidence based practice" located right across the street from the main entrance to the old State Hospital grounds. Our address is 1109 N. California Street, Stockton, CA (95202). Conveniently, we are a short walk to crisis services. It's nice because we can sometimes walk a member to "Crisis Services" when needed -fortunately this is rare.

Deena Strachan was once too nervous to come here. After several months, her husband took her by the hand and they walked into TWC. She liked the friendly people and felt like she could improve her life here. Months later she graduated from the Volunteer Program and some months after that, when a paid position opened up, she applied. Yep, she was hired and has been a Recovery Coach here for over 4 years :-)

It was Deena's idea to have a walk (first walk had 25 participants!) to reduce stigma and raise awareness that recovery from serious mental illness is possible.  

Many credit TWC with saving their life and helping to make their life worth living. Come for a tour! We'd love to show you around.

TWC is for people living with mental illness (most of us have a diagnosis, but it's not required) who want more wellness in their life. Our purpose is serving the under-served and the un-served. All are welcome!

Help us fight stigma! Support us in helping people who face the challenge of living with mental illness. Help us continue to help folks like Deena.
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Be a part of Peer Recovery Services and
The Wellness Center of San Joaquin County,
the FIRST peer-run 501(c)3 non-profit in our county!

We do seriously amazing things here!
Our funding is limited and we want to do more!

Thank you for helping us fill the gap!

10 Reasons why you might contribute:

1. Evidence based practice! Scientific research shows that for people receiving clinical services - what we do improves people's recovery and reduces the need for return visits to crisis services.

2. We serve an average of 62 people a day!

3. We serve over 1,400 individual people per year!

4. We offer over 20 groups and classes per week (click here to see attendance).

5. We offer one-on-one peer counseling at no charge.

6. We offer transportation services to assist our Members access community resources.

7. We offer a 25-hour volunteer training program, that allows our Members to become more independent (many have gotten jobs).

8. Computer lab - to access recovery material, educational resources, community resources...

9. Many of our Members give credit to The Wellness Center of SJC for saving their lives and making their lives worth living.

10. Tax deduction! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit. Our Tax ID# is 81-2348607.

Ways you can contribute:

1) Write a check! (payable to Peer Recovery Services);

2) Use our GoFundMe page :)

3) Starting soon we will have a Donation Link on our website - which will allow one-time or ongoing donations.

100% of our Staff and Board of Directors have made an annual financial donation pledge!

Our Needs and Wish List:

1) An emergency fund and prudent reserve of 3 to 6 months operating budget;
2) A new 12-passenger van (currently we lease a 7-passenger van);
3) Scholarships for Members to attend residential drug & alcohol recovery programs;
4) Scholarships for Members and Staff to attend regional and national conferences;
5) Resource kits to include curriculum & resources unique to member's needs;
6) Abundance of meditation guides, books on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, OCD, borderline personality disorder and more...

Your dollars will improve lives. Thank you for considering The Wellness Center of San Joaquin County - a program of Peer Recovery Services.
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Yes, we are still taking donations! Thank you for the $2,900 donated offline!!!
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We are super excited about our Open House!!

The Wellness Center invites the community to an Open House on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 4-7 pm at 1109 N. California St., Stockton. The Open House includes refreshments, tours, and an opportunity to meet staff and learn about the program. The Wellness Center is a Mental Health Services Act program of Peer Recovery Services, a peer-run 501(c)3 non-profit. Our mission is to provide peer education and support for our community with mental illness to help reduce stigma and promote health and recovery. Phone (209) 451-3977 for further information.

Thank you for your support of PRS and The Wellness Center!
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$1,760 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 9 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Peer Recovery Services
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Stockton, CA
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