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Our COVID-19 Response

POSTED: 3/30/20

To all community members and stakeholders:

Due to the Governor’s State of Emergency, all of our centers will be closed until further notice. The social distancing order although extremely important, would be better stated as physical distancing as we will remain a community providing social interaction and support virtually. We’ll do this through daily Facebook posts, use of Zoom meetings, texting and other platforms as they are available. We want to do our part to support the public health efforts. Many feel lost and we continue to talk about that and remind each other that we still have purpose. We encourage you to limit unnecessary activity during this time.  We will update our website regularly as things change. We’re also looking for the community’s voice around receiving peer support.Who better to deliver that message than other individuals who have lived experiences in coping with traumatic, emotional, mental, and substance issues? “I’ve been there” is one of the most validating and useful phrases a person can say or hear.

Peer Support Approaches for Responding to Fear

POSTED: 4/2/20

Many in our community may be feeling extra stress with all of the talk about the Coronavirus outbreak, officially now called COVID-19. As peer supporters, we are in a position to support others around their own fears as well as the general fear in our communities. Encouraging people to discuss their fears is a great practice. Our discussions can provide accurate information, and it can help others find accurate information from appropriate sources. In this way, people can decide what they need to do to in order to minimize their risk of becoming infected, and it also can have their minds put at ease if they realize that they have already taken necessary precautions.  Read the full memo.

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