Providing mental health services during pandemic – Delaware Gazette 1/30/2021

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Tie Blankets for the Delaware County Humane Society

Recovery Works North, one of many programs at Southeast Healthcare provides individual and group peer support for individuals recovering from mental illness, substance use, and life challenges.
They are proud partners of Safe Harbor Peer Support Services who provide drop in services and community outreach to the same population in Twp locations, Annie’s Outreach in Delaware and No Limits in Edison Ohio. They strive to help our consumers to stay connected to the wonderful opportunities in our community.
Their group of consumers and staff made 51 blankets to donate to the Humane Society of Delaware County for Christmas and were delivered on Dec 22, 2020. The blankets will be sent home with each dog or cat at the time of donation. Thank-you to our groups for making this possible.
Thank you Julie Williams and Chelsea Makowski for the blanket delivery

Chipotle Fundraiser January 6, 2021

Delaware County Commissioners Grant

We’re grateful to Gary Merrell, Barb Lewis, Jeff Benton – Delaware County Commissioners for believing in Safe Harbor’s mission and commitment to the area by awarding us a community enhancement grant. We will be able to expand our services and community outreach, with the goal of breaking the stigma around mental health.

“The Delaware County Commissioners today announced the recipients of their 2020 Community Enhancement Grants, which total $608,526.

The county’s existing CEG program normally has distributed about $160,000 each year since its inception in 2014. The monies have gone to local nonprofit organizations to fund specific capital projects, but, in 2020, the Commissioners decided to shift the program’s focus to reimbursing organizations for operating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We saw two common threads with our nonprofits’ needs,” said Jeff Benton, president of this year’s Board of Commissioners. “They had either suffered large drops in revenues because of having to shut down their operations entirely or else they didn’t have the staffing they needed to keep up with an increased demand for the services they provide.”

Commissioner Barb Lewis added, “I am hopeful this year’s grants will help soften the damage that the

pandemic has inflicted on our Delaware County community.”

Said Commissioner Gary Merrell: “Nonprofit organizations throughout our county have stepped up to provide needed services to those struggling during COVID. These Community Enhancement Funds will help them as they continue to perform their missions in this difficult time or to await better times.”

Ohio PRO Grant

Safe Harbor Peer Support Services as a member of Ohio PRO, was awarded PPE equipment as a result of a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. We are so grateful to OhioPRO and the department for the ability to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our peers and staff as we navigate this new way of doing business. #InthistogetherOhio. Below is a picture of the items we have received.

No Limits Outreach brightens Christmas season

EDISON — There are gifts galore available for all ages at No Limits Outreach this week. The Safe Harbor Peer Support Services held a week-long gift giveaway for 75 families and individuals this holiday season.

Families will “shop” for new household items, clothing, shoes, and toys to fill their holiday list, along with food to prepare their holiday meal. Safe Harbor staff and its volunteers, many who are peers, will assist in the holiday giveaway ensuring that the families enjoy their experience and adhere to CDC guidelines. Family members are pre-scheduled for their visit during the 5-day event.

No Limits Outreach is part of Safe Harbor Peer Support Services for men and women with mental health illnesses and recovering addicts.

Safe Harbor Executive Director Angi Lee said, “The mission is to provide a welcoming, physically and emotionally safe environment where Morrow County adults can receive peer support, socialization, education and opportunities to work on their mental health recovery.”

Lee noted that this holiday season is especially difficult with the impact of COVID-19 causing depression and anxiety, as well as more needs for food, clothing and support with the loss of work in some cases.

Safe Harbor’s mission is accomplished through the operation of two weekday recovery centers, located in Delaware and Morrow Counties. No Limits Outreach is located in Edison and Annie’s Outreach is in Delaware County.

A nutritious lunch is served daily, and accompanies programs and groups scheduled throughout the month. County-wide transportation is offered free of charge.

Loretta Martin is Recovery Supervision Coordinator with No Limits. She supervises the day-to-day scheduling and activities. Martin and Lee said that peer support is the most important service they provide along with activities like cooking and nutrition classes, wellness check-ups, art therapy and game competitions.

Lee said, “The power and effectiveness of peer support and peer support groups is very important for adults in recovery.”

“We believe that persons who have lived with mental illness are both credible and effective agents for helping others with similar problems,” Lee added. Peer support individuals receive education and are certified in peer support.

No Limits Outreach is located at 4046 E. Vine St., Edison. Their winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information about Safe Harbor and No Limits Outreach, call 419-946-5900. They are also on Facebook at Safe Harbor Peer Support Services

New Board Member

Safe Harbor would like to announce the addition of a new board member…Ryan Danley. Ryan M. Danley is an experienced speaker, entrepreneur, and HR professional. Driven by a passion for creating a world that is beautiful for all people, he believes effective communication is an essential element of any relationship or endeavor. Furthermore, he feels that exposure to different ideas and people is key to personal growth.
After suffering a spinal cord injury in January 2019, Ryan has made it his mission to live a life of fulfillment despite his circumstances. He wants to show people that you can overcome anything with a positive mental attitude. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Butler University in Indiana where he lived for 10 years before moving back to his home state of Ohio. He is married and currently has no children. He and his wife enjoy gardening, reading, podcasting, music, traveling, and spending time with their two cats.

PT Peer Connector

Safe Harbor recently began a new program, “Peer Bridging” as a result of a grant we received.  We recently filled our PT Peer Connector position, with Jessica DelGreco.  Jessica hails from Ohio State University, and brings with her experience and a network of volunteers.  We are so excited to have her join our family.