June 25, 2018

Seeds of Recovery

Cucumbers, cantaloupe, basil, sage, mint, tomatoes, pomegranate, flowers and various  succulent plants make up the CHEEERS community garden. Seeds of Recovery is a gardening group that establishes a connection between personal recovery and skills associated with gardening.  Creating enough space to grow, keeping the soil rich with nutrients and the importance of staying hydrated are just some of the conversations  our program participants have as they  maintain the community garden here at CHEEERS.   It's urprising how many  similarities there are between recovery and gardening!   Participants are encouraged to participate  in the CHEEERS community garden by thinking  creatively about what and where they want to plant,  and how to plant in a way that will create a beautiful garden.  Like gardening , recovery must be purposeful. Our participants tell us the Seeds of Recovery group is a relaxed atmosphere , that allows them to share openly with each other.  Vegetables from the community garden at CHEEERS are used in our Let's Dish Cooking classes and/ or are made available to the participants if we have abundance !  Darrin Perkins our Facility Lead Support has done a fantastic job with this special program ! 

June 21, 2018

CHEEERS Participants Release 1st Newsletter !

Coming together to create something so special is just one of the things that makes CHEEERS great! We have truly amazing participants that inspire us daily. We are pleased to share the 1st Edition Participant created, written, designed, and edited Newsletter.

 Nice job, putting this together, working together and sharing your expereince, strength and hope with others ! We look forward to reading your "Summer"  release.  Read the Newsletter

CHEEERS Board of Directors elects new Vice Chair

On Monday, June 18, 2018 CHEEERS Board of Directors elected member representative Robert Wright to serve as our new Vice Chair.
Member representation on our Board of Directors is a critical component to ensure that CHEEERS remains a program and agency that is dedicated to and effectively meets the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. In the role of Vice Chair,  Robert will not only attend and be a voting member on our governance Board of Directors,  he will also be a trusted member of our Executive Committee. The  Executive Committee is responsible for convening anytime there is a priority matter or  issue of high significance that requires Board of Directors notification, input  or decision outside of  the regularly scheduled meetings.   Congratulations Robert!  Robert is joined on our Board of Directors by other member representatives from CHEEERS,  Linda Blair and Sheree Lee. They are also voting members that serve on our Board of Directors  of which more than 90%  of  the members identify as having lived experience.