Monthly Membership Meeting

March 2014 Membership Meeting

At our March Membership Meeting and Community Meal yesterday; members, staff, volunteers, and board members gathered at our community center at 434 East Diamond Ave. in Olde Towne Gaithersburg.  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 “Stepping into Recovery” – the theme of our monthly activities, programs, and calendar of events.  Hopefully this wintery weather will depart soon!!  Spring is a new beginning to wipe the slate clean and move forward in a positive way.  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!

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.

ADVOCACY – OOOMC RALLIES IN ANNAPOLIS

Advocacy for Disabled at Annapolis Capitol Building
Advocacy at Annapolis Capitol Building

Rallies in Annapolis – Let Our Voices Be Heard!

January 30, 2014:  Action Annapolis is an advocacy event sponsored by On Our Own of Maryland and the Maryland Disability Law Center.  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.  Advocates and consumers are welcome to attend.

February 5, 2014: The Mental Health Rally will be a gathering on Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis of all individuals and groups supporting advocacy for increased funding for mental health services.  All individuals interested in supporting mental health are welcome to attend.

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FIGHT STIGMA

Thanks to Misha Kessler for sharing this.


If you think someone is considering suicide, don’t be scared to break the silence.  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)

COMMUNITY ACTIVISM

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Volunteer Center Volunteers
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Cards of encouragement that kids made for moms and babies in transitional housing.
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Volunteers busy at work!

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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 Center’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.

Please contact us if you have questions about this recent event!