Fort Street Open House
CHARGE’S participation in the Fort Street Presby
terian Church’s Open House went much better than we anticipated. Under the direction of Pattie Charleston (a Peer Specialist) the ‘Voices of Recovery Gospel Choir’ did not leave a dry eye in the house. Al and D. C Holiday, bass player and lead singer of the band respectively, performed duets, as did Barry and I. Working with the community is beneficial, but it is also a lot of fun.
The Church members treated us like royalty and since the New Pastor “Rev. Sharon Mook” is dedicated to expanding the Church’s community outreach efforts, we will have other consumer present there soon. The more we interact with the public the more obvious it becomes: much stigma is due to societies lack of knowledge. Each time we entertain at these public events we change at least 1 persons perception of mental illness and recovery. We are using our talents and abilities to fight stigma, educate the public, and gain the self-esteem needed for a good journey in recovery.
Recovery Centered Environment…….