On Saturday 6/18 at 3:30pm Steven Sabados will hold a jam session “Beats, Rhymes, and Recovery” at the Center. Also on Saturday we will be hosting a CPR class given by Recovery Partners Montgomery. SIGN UP HERE

On Wednesday 6/22 we will hold our Annual Meeting at the Center. Members in good standing who attend OOOMC at least 1x per month are welcome to participate in voting for nominees Bob Walsh, Fran Resignato, Curtis Terrell, & Matt Clune. Bob Walsh is a long time OOOMC member and consumer advocate. Fran Resignato is an active member of the Center who consistently contributes to the wellness of the Center. Curtiss Terrell is a WRAP facilitator, an advocate for consumer rights, and works for the Veterans Administration. Matt Clune works for SAMSHA and consistently supports consumer rights.

Prior to the Annual Meeting, author of Better Days and international speaker Craig Lewis will speak about his published work and his life experiences.

On Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th Lauren Grimes from On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. will lead two workshops – Storytelling for Advocates” on Friday and
Film Chats on Saturday. Please contact the Center at for more information



Introducing another educational opportunity from On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. titled “Storytelling for Advocates.”

It is a 90 minute workshop interactive workshop designed to prepare peers and advocates to share their personal stories and recovery experiences with a wide array of audiences in order to combat stigma in their communities, impact change in their service systems, and to provide hope to those who are struggling.

June 24th from 1:00-2:30pm
On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Sharing our stories of lived experience in order to inspire and provide hope to others is at the heart of peer support as well as a driving force in personal recovery. It is also a way to effectively educate our communities and policy-makers about the concept of recovery, and illustrate what helps to support recovery and what creates barriers.

“Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story.

-Janet Litherland

Please Join us in learning the art and skill of storytelling!

Peerlink’s Wednesday UP Beat! Newsletter

Welcome to Peerlink’s Wednesday UP Beat!

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is a project of Mental Health America of Oregon, a 501(c) (3) organization and is a federally funded national consumer/survivor technical assistance center through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). – See more at:

Welcome to the Wednesday UP Beat! We continue offering you the same informative articles as before, but with UP Beat, we will focus primarily on employment and financial self-sufficiency. We hope you continue to enjoy this e-newsletter, and welcome suggestions and feedback.


Growing Fruits and Vegetables

Gardening can ensure that you have fruits and vegetables year round!

 Gardening is a great way to help ensure food security, and is a fun and healthy way for a family to exercise outdoors. The great part is that you don’t need to be an expert to do it. Here are some tips from the Farmer’s Almanac for “budding” gardeners!


Start Small

Remember this: It’s better to be proud of a small garden than to be frustrated by a big one!

One of the common errors for beginners is planting too much too soon and way more than anybody could eat or want. Unless you want to have zucchini taking up residence in your attic, plan carefully. Start small.

Start Smart

1. Plant in a sunny location. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest and the better the taste.

2. Plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil easily, so you need nice loamy soil. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly.

3. Space your crops properly. For example, corn needs a lot of space and can overshadow shorter vegetables. Plants set too close together compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition and fail to mature. Pay attention to the spacing guidance on seed packets and plant tabs.

4. Buy high-quality seeds. Seed packets are less expensive than individual plants. If seeds don’t germinate, your money-and time-are wasted. A few “extra” cents spent in spring for that year’s seeds will pay off in higher yields at harvest time.

Decide How Big

A good-size beginner vegetable garden is about 16×10 feet and features crops that are easy to grow. A plot this size, based on the vegetables suggested below, can feed a family of four for one summer, with a little extra for canning and freezing (or giving away).

 Make your garden 11 rows wide, with each row 10 feet long. The rows should run north and south to take full advantage of the sun.

Vegetables that may yield more than one crop per season are beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, and turnips. 


Suggested Plants for 11 Rows

The vegetables suggested below are common, productive plants but you’ll also want to contract your local cooperative extension to determine what plants grow best in your local area. Think about what you like to eat as well as what’s difficult to find in a grocery store or farmers’ market.

Tomatoes-5 plants staked

  • Zucchini squash-4 plants
  • Peppers-6 plants
  • Cabbage
  • Bush beans
  • Lettuce, leaf and/or Bibb
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Radishes
  • Marigolds to discourage rabbits!

(Note: If this garden is too large for your needs, you do not have to plant all 11 rows, and you can also make the rows shorter.)

 When to Plant?

 Know when to plant what.  See the Best Planting Dates chart – a gardening calendar customized to your local frost dates – covering both sowing indoors as well as planting in the ground.



Collecting Rain Water

Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that. 

Uses for rainwater:

  • Watering gardens
  • Watering lawns in dry months
  • Washing cars 
  • Washing pets 
  • Watering plants

Pretty much anything that you would do with a hose can be done with rain water, and it’s free! All you need is a barrel.

 Harvesting rain water can be as easy as putting a barrel underneath a natural runoff under the exterior of your house, or you can spend some more money and purchase a more elaborate system. Either way, you save money on your water bill and help conserve water at the same time!


Click here for more tips on rainwater harvesting


May Webinar

Enhancing Careers and Economic Security: The Synergistic Effects of Supported Employment, Financial Literacy, and Peer-Led Services

With Judith Cook

May 17th, 2016 11-12 p.m. PT and 2-3 p.m. ET

In this webinar, the importance of meaningful employment and economic security to achieving a successful recovery will be highlighted. Evidence will be presented for what works to help people find competitive jobs and build careers that enhance self-esteem and foster community participation. In addition, services that promote financial literacy and economic self-sufficiency will be discussed. Throughout the webinar, the critical role of peer support and peer-led services vocational and economic recovery will be emphasized. This will include demonstrating the importance of the emerging peer workforce and how it has a significant role to play in supporting our nation’s economy and contributing to its labor productivity.



San Diego, California

September 19-23, 2016

Alternatives Conference 2016

Call for Presentations

Deadline for submissions is May 23, 2016!

The Call for Presentations is posted on the Alternatives 2016 website. For information about submitting a proposed presentation, please follow the link below.

Alternatives 2016 Presentations

Please note, that the deadline to submit a proposal is fast approaching, May 23, 2016, so don’t delay!


Alternatives Conference 2016

Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the Alternatives Conference 2016 in San Diego, California. To register for the conference, and to book your room at the Town & Country Resort, follow the link below to the Alternatives 2016 Website.

Alternatives 2016


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IPS Core Training Maryland June 2016

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. is offering Intentional Peer Support Core Training. Do you need CPRS certification or recertification in Maryland? You need IPS!!

June 27th – July 1st, 2016 Rockville, Maryland / Venue to be Determined Early Bird: $750 Registration Required by 4/15/16 / $100 Deposit Due At Time of Registration Intentional Peer Support is a powerful framework for thinking about and creating mutual relationships, and is used across the world in settings ranging from peer-run programs to traditional human services. Join us for a 5-Day exploration of the principles and tasks of this innovative practice! To register, please visit

Please see the attached flyer.

IPS Core Training Maryland June 2016

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(240) 683-5555


On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. will be closed Thursday February 25th!

We will be representing OOOMC in Annapolis to advocate for the human and civil rights of consumers of mental health services.

If you are interested in joining us in Annapolis please contact us immediately!

Thank you!
On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877