3nd Annual Kalamazoo Wellness & Recovery Fair
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

3nd Annual Kalamazoo Wellness & Recovery Fair

This is our local celebration of National Recovery Month. Our theme is “recovery is happening in Kalamazoo!” On this day, we will celebrate recovery in all its varieties and showcase many of the supports and community services available in Kalamazoo. Everyone is invited to this fun event that will also include: live music, food, prizes, games and inspirational stories about recovery. Come join us in helping reduce stigma against people with mental health and substance use concerns and increase the awareness of the supports our community offers. Recovery is happening in Kalamazoo.

In total, over 60 booths will be showcasing many of the people, supports and community services that exist in Kalamazoo! Thanks goes out to all of these local organizations for promoting and encouraging Wellness and Recovery in our area:

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The fair is planned and coordinated by The Peer Collaborative, a committee of people in recovery (peers), who are advocates for empowering their peers to succeed in recovery from substance use and mental health concerns.  Many local businesses supported this year's fair by donating gift cards and in-kind services and goods that we plan to raffle off during the fair.  Our primary financial sponsors are, Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

You can also support next year's Fair by purchasing hoodies, t-shirts and stickers, by clicking the button below.

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Aug
28
to Sep 1

Intentional Peer Support Core Training

Announcing IPS Core Training

For Kalamazoo Area Peer Support Specialists

August 28th - September 1st, 2017

KalamazooVALLEY Groves Center

7107 Elm Valley Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Application Deadline: 08/14/2017

 There is no charge for registration, materials or lunch.

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!  For more information about IPS, please visit www.intentionalpeersupport.org

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Generation Found
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Generation Found

Recovery Institute & Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK)

are co-sponsoring this film event with GATHR Films.  

From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown.

We must get  pre-sell 75 tickets at $11.00 each to guarantee the showing.  Please help us bring GENERATION FOUND to Kalamazoo by buying a ticket today.    

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Recovery Institute Annual All Member Meeting and Board Election
Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

Recovery Institute Annual All Member Meeting and Board Election

It's that time of year again! As a peer run peer delivered organization Recovery Institute is holding it's yearly board elections. Come in to meet the canidates running to represent you as a member of Recovery Institute and vote for your favorites!

Light lunch will be provided and a great chance to get to know other members and talk about your thoughts on Recovery Institute as your organization for behavioral health needs.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Annual NAMI of Kalamazoo Picnic
Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Annual NAMI of Kalamazoo Picnic

Please come join the celebration at Milham Park on Wednesday August 10th, 2016 from 5pm-7pm as NAMI of Kalamazoo holds their annual picnic.

This event is open to families, friends, and peers in recovery.  NAMI will furnish hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks, and some salads. Friends and family are asked to bring a dish to pass for 6 people but it is not required.  This is a no charge event.

Please RSVP to the Recovery Institute by August 1st with the number of people you would like to attend with. (269) 343-6725.

Metro transit bus #12 goes right by the park.  Please check the bus schedule for times.

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Mothers of Hope - Ultimate Family Reunion
Aug
6
12:00 PM12:00

Mothers of Hope - Ultimate Family Reunion

  • MOH Ultimate Family Reunion - LaCrone Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ultimate Family Reunion event connects the community with resources in an effort to empower residents in Kalamazoo.

 

Mothers of Hope - Women United to Uphold Families

Strength in Adversity . . .

The basis on which Mothers of Hope was founded. As dedicated women primarily from Kalamazoo, Michigan, we embody the power that mothers possess to support our families and the focused determination to affect positive change in our community. Our charge is simple... empower mothers in an effort to better our community. Through our various efforts, we are committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods are well educated and equipped with all the knowledge and resources available to guarantee a better quality of life for all people here in Kalamazoo.

 

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ADA Anniversary Celebration
Jul
22
11:30 AM11:30

ADA Anniversary Celebration

Disability Network is hosting a community-wide celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Join us at our Kalamazoo office on July 22 from 11:30 to 1:30 for a free BBQ lunch with presentations and awards. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and join us for lunch!

Program

A barbecue lunch prepared by EMA Catering will be served at noon.

A presentation during lunch including award presentations for:

  • The Bob Davis Independent Living Award is given in memory of Bob Davis, son of Al & Kay Davis, who was involved in a vehicle accident and sustained a brain and spinal cord injury. He lived independently, attended the Brain Injury Survivors Group and overcame obstacles to achieve independence.
  • The Jim Neubacher Lifetime Achievement Award which is given in memory of Jim Neubacher, a person with a disability and a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Jim wrote about the inclusion and civil rights of people with disabilities.

Parking Shuttles

We will be running continuous accessible shuttle service from 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. between the event and the following designated parking locations:

  • Senior Services of Southwest Michigan (918 Jasper St.)
  • Kik Pool at Upjohn Park
  • Skateboard park (off Walter St)
  • Kalamazoo Farmers Market (corner of Lake & Walter St.)

If you have questions about this event or need an accommodation, contact Kristen Potts at pottsk@dnswm.org or (269) 345-1516 x119.

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Dimensions: Tobacco Free Recovery Workshop
Jun
13
to Jun 14

Dimensions: Tobacco Free Recovery Workshop

As this is primarily a peer practice, we are reserving half the 50 seats for Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches, however, we encourage everyone to register. 

We can all help the people become tobacco free!

There is no charge for registration, CEUs, materials or lunch.

Training Dates  8.5 CEUs!

Monday          |  June 13, 2016       |  9:00am – 4:00pm

Tuesday         |  June 14, 2016       |  8:30am – 12:00pm

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes Rally Lansing, Michigan
May
18
12:30 PM12:30

Walk a Mile in My Shoes Rally Lansing, Michigan

Why We Rally...

To enhance public awareness, because legislators need to know that Mental Health Matters.

To put an end to the stigma related to mental illness & developmental disabilities, because Michigan does not have parity (equality) between mental health & physical health care coverage.

To promote mental health and wellness, because we can make a difference!

Recovery Institute will be traveling to Lansing on a chartered bus provided by Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with other individuals from the Kalamazoo area.  A box lunch will be provided.  Reservations are required so please call (269)343-6725 to get your spot today!

 

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Healing Voices "Professional" Viewing
May
3
1:30 PM13:30

Healing Voices "Professional" Viewing

This presentation is geared for individuals working in behavioral health or primary health care.  2.5 Social Work CEUS are available.  There is no charge for this event, however, reservations are required.

In addition to the screening, members of Recovery Institute's PoWeR Group (Peers in Wellness and Recovery) will share personal recovery experiences and be available for questions.

Please send reservation information to Rosie Corliss at the Recovery Institute at (269)343-6725 or rcorliss@recoverymi.org.

Healing Voices is more than a film. It is a one-night grassroots documentary release that brings a global community of individuals, groups and organizations together that are dedicated to promoting awareness and creating action around the critical social issue of mental health.

Written and Directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, HEALING VOICES explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals, and asks the question:  What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness’? The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, Dan – over nearly five years, and features interviews with notable international experts including:  Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the ‘medical model’ of mental illness.
 
The documentary is ideal for individuals with lived experience in the mental health system, educators, peer counselors, advocates, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, healthcare workers, first responders, family members, or anyone who has been touched by mental health issues in their life.

You can find out more about Healing Voices at www.healingvoicemovie.com including screenings being held around the country for this great event.

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Healing Voices Free Community Screening Event
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Healing Voices Free Community Screening Event

Healing Voices is more than a film. It is a one-night grassroots documentary release that brings a global community of individuals, groups and organizations together that are dedicated to promoting awareness and creating action around the critical social issue of mental health.

Written and Directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, HEALING VOICES explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals, and asks the question:  What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness’? The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, Dan – over nearly five years, and features interviews with notable international experts including:  Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the ‘medical model’ of mental illness.
 
The documentary is ideal for individuals with lived experience in the mental health system, educators, peer counselors, advocates, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, healthcare workers, first responders, family members, or anyone who has been touched by mental health issues in their life.

You can find out more about Healing Voices at www.healingvoicemovie.com including screenings being held around the country for this great event.  Healing Voices is brought to you by Recovery Institute in collaboration with Advocacy Services for Kids, NAMI of Kalamazoo, and Keystone Drop-In Center.

 

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Mercantile Bank Giving Together Campaign
Dec
14
to Dec 21

Mercantile Bank Giving Together Campaign

We are pleased to announce that Recovery Institute is a finalist for Mercantile Bank’s 2015 Giving Together Grant!!!  The recipient of this $5,000 award will be determined by a Facebook voting campaign from December 14th – 21st, 2015!  

Help us strengthen recovery in Kalamazoo with your vote.

If awarded the grant, Recovery Institute will bring Dan Griffin to Kalamazoo on March 23rd 2016 to explore the multiple ways in which men experience trauma.  Dan is a person in long term recovery, an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity.  One of his books,  A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, was the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men’s sobriety.

View Dan’s bio here:

Check out Dan’s website  http://dangriffin.com/about-dan/

VOTE For Recovery Institute on the Mercantile Bank Page

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