Due to Athens County being a Red Level for COVID cases, we are not open to congregate gathering at this time. However, we are staffing our "warm line" during normal operational hours
Monday-Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday-10am-6pm.
Staff can still assist with linkage services to other mental health/recovery or social service agencies. We are also operating 15 hours of Zoom Programming a week, please see our calendar! This is open to anyone from our community and beyond wishing to connect to other humans and some fun activities or recovery supports!
See our link to our Zoom room here!
Topic: GP Zoom Programming-------January Calendar
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In other activities:
We have been delivering two meals a week to a list of 28 people, and delivered 32 Thanksgiving meals. Our Christmas Meal list is at 34. Our meal delivering service is for engaged members of our programming and not for the general public, unfortunately, we just don't have the capacity but if the need becomes greater within those we currently serve, we will squeeze them in or add another day of meal service.
Van Service: Tuesday and Thursdays from
10am-3pm, weather permitting. Must be a current
member or user of our services and call a week in advance for a reservation. This is for essential services only of Dr. appointments, grocery store, pharmacy, bank, etc. Call to talk with a staff member.
In other news:
The Gathering Place and Mike's Bridge House have been recipients of several CARES Funding grants to serve those in our community.
CARES Funding from Athens County: For purchase of a 15-Passenger van to provide essential transportation safely due to COVID restrictions of social distancing, we will transport two members at a time.
Community Outreach Grant from OhioMHAS Cares Funding: We were able to collaborate with our local mental health and recovery agencies to advertise agency info and services provided, in both of our local papers, in a Gift Guide that is in 7 Southeast Counties, and also digital advertising, with an outreach of 90,000. This advertising is running through the months of November and December and is to create awareness for support needed during the Pandemic and Holiday season for those in recovery and for those in the community who may be experiencing mental health issues. We also were able to print and place many helpful posters and rack cards from SAMHSA, OhioMHAS and our local agencies in many community spaces such as libraries, grocery stores, coffee houses, retail stores, community bulletin boards, Ohio University dining halls and Baker Center, in Athens Food Pantry bags, in laundromats and other public spaces.
CARES FUNDING: Extended Services from OhioMHAS:
Mike's Bridge House received a grant to extend a warm line service for those in recovery-24/7- this is a holiday line that runs until January 1. This grant also enables our residents and Peer Recovery Supporter to earn stipends or income and reaches other community members in recovery. We are able to give away gift cards for those in need that are in recovery. We are proud of our MBH residents who are helping to answer and respond to a 24/7 hotline
during the Holidays. If you are in recovery and need to reach out to someone
who understands, call Mike's Bridge House at 740-594-447-9400!
TAKING BACK OHIO: This is another grant received from OhioMHAS to advance the Taking Back Ohio Recovery Model, started by Sandusky Artisans four years ago. We have been advertising, creating print images, and added staff time. We also are holding a TBO Zoom meeting every Wednesday at 1pm and an in-person TBO meeting every Friday at 7pm at University Mall. This is a growing meeting/model and we were asked to advance the model in Southeast Ohio. Please check out Mike's Bridge House@Facebook.com for more information and to see Live Recovery Events, there is also a Facebook Message check-in resource for members of our community in recovery that need a little extra support during the holiday times!
We have been very busy and continue to support our community!
Don't hesitate to reach out to 740-594-7337 or check out our staff page for emails. You can also check in with Gatheringplace@Facebook.com if you would like to private message a staff member for support.
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