November 27, 2018
This year for Giving Tuesday, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is asking for help in securing transportation for the peers we work with at our five Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers across the state. Up until now, the Certified Peer Specialists who work at our Centers have used their own vehicles to transport peers for daily wellness activities, to distant Centers when the nearest Center location is at capacity, for community outings, and to take the Center’s respite guests shopping for food for their respite stays.
We believe that by having a dedicated vehicle for our Peer Support, Wellness, and Respite Centers, we will be able to improve the quality of services for peers we work with, and make work life less stressful for the Certified Peer Specialists who work 24 hours a day to support peers. Our Centers received over 17,000 visitors last year, the vast majority of whom do not have their own transportation.
Roslind Hayes, CPS, CPS-AD, the Statewide Coordinator for the Centers, identified the Honda Odyssey as their dream car, because while it may not be able to transport as many peers at once as she might like, it is a vehicle that will be manageable for our Center staff in the many locations they drive, including congested metro Atlanta.
The cost of the Odyssey is significant--$36,000—but we believe the peers we work with and our Center staff are worth it. We hope you will consider contributing to this effort, and will help make this long-unfulfilled wish become reality.
All online contributions through the month of November will go towards the purchase of the new Center vehicle. If you would like a confirmation of your donation from GMHCN, please donate through Paypal at the link below. If you would prefer to make an anonymous contribution, please consider donating through the “Donate” button on our Facebook page through the link at the bottom of this page.