Waterville Peer Recovery Center
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Great News!! NAMI Maine is adding a new and exciting program! On November 6, we will open the Waterville Peer Recovery Center (WPRC) at 32 Ticonic Street, Waterville. The Center will offer classes, support groups, community linkages and resources, outings, and a variety of activities to facilitate learning, growth, connection, and enjoyment. Keep reading for a brief overview of the program, and click on the links at the bottom to learn more.

Overall Goals:

Waterville Peer Recovery Center will become a community where participants can feel accepted, uplifted, and empowered—experiencing hope and the reality of recovery.

Participants experience growth and change because of their own strength and resiliency and the support they provide each other, as they learn new things and come to believe more fully in their own worth, their hopes and dreams, and their ability to achieve them.

The Waterville Peer Recovery Center will develop into a well-known, respected, and integral resource in the broader Waterville area community of care. It will exemplify the important role and positive outcomes that an authentic peer-run, recovery-focused community plays in people’s lives. 

Staff:
All three paid staff, the Center Manager and two Support & Activities Coordinators, will be Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS).

Structures:
The community will operate as a Consumer Operated Service Program or COSP, which basically means it will be a program governed by participants within agreed-upon values, structures, and everyday processes. Mutual peer support underpins everything, both informally and formally. That, along with choice and self-responsibility, are reflected in the community structures. (Please use links to learn more.)

Community Agreements - Establishes expectations and norms of individual and community interactions based on values of kindness and respect, mutual relationships, meaningful participation, care of property, safety, diversity, and peer support and empowerment.

Restorative Options - Provides a common understanding and language with which to have conversations to address various levels of disagreement or conflict.

Advisory Council - The Advisory Council currently consists of seven peer members who provided guidance through the proposal process and will continue through initial stages of operation. The AC will likely grow in membership and will continue to actively advise the management and community on all aspects of Center life and governance.

Bylaws - Bylaws detailing the elections of officers, participation in the Advisory Council, community meeting structures and procedures, etc., will be developed during the first six months of operation by the Center manager, Advisory Council, and Center community as a whole.

Planned Hours of Operation:
Monday:       10 am to 3 pm
Tuesday:      10 am to 8 pm
Wednesday:  10 am to 5 pm
Thursday:     10 am to 8 pm
Friday:          10 am to 5 pm
Saturday:       9 am to noon

For More Information:
Program Overview PowerPoint
Program Summary 

You may also email or call Elaine Ecker, Center Manager, at eecker@namimaine.org, 622-5767 x2306.