At our March Membership Meeting and Community Meal yesterday; members, staff, volunteers, and board members gathered at our community centerÂ at 434 East Diamond Ave. in Olde Towne Gaithersburg.Â The ability of all levels of On Our Own of Montgomery County to gather together to share in discussion and the breaking of bread together is such an integral part of our organization. Members, staff, volunteers, and board members were present to step into the new month together.
We are starting the new month of March by â€œStepping into Recoveryâ€ â€“ the theme of our monthly activities, programs, and calendar of events.Â Hopefully this wintery weather will depart soon!!Â Spring is a new beginning to wipe the slate clean and move forward in a positive way.Â Yesterday we spoke with one another about the importance of personal responsibility in our own recovery.
Thanks to all of you who came out to celebrate the new month with us!
January 30, 2014: Â Action Annapolisis an advocacy event sponsored by On Our Own of Maryland and the Maryland Disability Law Center. Â OOOMC rallies in Action Annapolis – a morning legislative training followed by the opportunity for consumers of mental health services to meet with legislators to present information on issues that are meaningful to them. Â Advocates and consumers are welcome to attend.
February 5, 2014:The Mental Health Rallywill be a gathering on Lawyerâ€™s Mall in Annapolis of all individuals and groups supporting advocacy for increased funding for mental health services. Â All individuals interested in supporting mental health are welcome to attend.
If you think someone is considering suicide, don’t be scared to break the silence.Â Remember QPR: QUESTION — ask if they are having suicidal thoughts. PERSUADE — listen carefully, then suggest that they let you help. REFER — contact an adult or a lifeline to get help.
Lifelines: 1-800-273-8255 (The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
On Monday, January 20th, 2014 Montgomery County we celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service! We joined with thousands of Americans across the country who celebrated the national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. King by doing service in their communities. Lots of folks came to volunteer with us in putting together bags of toiletries and baby Items for the Avery Road Treatment Centerâ€™s Women and Children Shelter as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service! Thank you to all of you who took the time to join hands in this show of good will and community partnership.
Pleasecontact usif you have questions about this recent event!
During Montgomery County’s Community Service Week in October, students from the Foundation School volunteered their time to revamp landscaping at our center. Their good will and effort were recognized in the local Gazette newspaper. A photo from the Gazette is below.