More Good News from the Drop-In Center

By Kathy Powers, C4 Member

Here are the latest statistics about the Drop-In Center at C4. On Monday, March 12, 2012, C4 5710 N. Broadway opened a drop-in center to provide persons with mental illness enjoy a consumer-driven, safe haven and comfortable environment. Herb Cobbs and Troy Butler, the center’s coordinators, help participants empower themselves toward recovery. Each day, when a person signs into the center, they get a voucher to spend at the center’s snack bar. The center’s hours have expanded from 11:00-4:00, Monday through Friday. Increased hours are on the horizon, as needed. Officially, 135 persons are now registered, with an average of 40 participants attending per day.

The center offers people to make choices and follow through on them. Recently, the center organized a writing group with a blogging post, a book group, a walking group twice a week and haircuts on a sign-in basis. The center offers a place to relax, enjoy and just experience. Games, movies informal groups inhibit participants from self-isolation and loneliness.

On April 13, 2012, willing participants took public transportation to the mental health rally at the Thompson Center to encourage the State to spend more money on mental health care and research. Media representatives interviewed some of the members.

As you can see, the drop-in center offers intellectual pursuits, health and grooming aids and the excitement of political action. More to come….

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