Peer Living Room

HOURS

9am – 5pm

Monday – Friday

Lower Level / 1st Floor

There may be special events that are planned for evening or weekend hours throughout the month. As participation grows, so will the hours! The hours of operation will be evaluated based on participants’ feedback and adjusted to meet the needs of our community.

How do I get started?

Visit us today at 356 Biltmore Ave. from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.  We are located on the lower / 1st floor of C3@356.

What should I expect?

Once you are referred and arrive at the Living Room for the first time, you will be greeted by an RHA CPSS who will ask you to sign in and give you an orientation folder. The CPSS will provide a tour of the space and will review the contents of the orientation folder as you get acquainted with the Living Room. You will then be invited to begin Living Room participation!

Meet folks with lived experience and talk about the recovery journey together.  The Peer Living Room is a safe, comfortable, welcoming space where you can engage in activities to support your personal recovery and meet others who are on recovery journeys.

RHA Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) support the living room’s operation and are available to talk with you individually and to lead classes for group support and information sharing.

Participants practice respect for each person’s journey, participate in activities and learn about community resources.

During one of your first visits to the Peer Living Room, you will tour the space, review an orientation packet with a Peer, and sign a participation agreement if you choose to use the Living Room and its resources.

The Peer Living Room promotes safety, self advocacy, resiliency and supports work toward your personal wellness goals.

You may be interested in a class that offers evidence based education, such as Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, Whole Health Resiliency, and many other structured programs.

Peer Support Specialists can offer you hope through a willingness to share their personal stories and experiences with you.

What will I experience in the Living Room?

The Living Room will include:

  • An inviting, home-like environment;
  • Comfortable group rooms;
  • An open kitchen with a dining table;
  • An open living room area that includes spaces designed for talking, reading, listening to music, using a computer, meditating, and smaller group activities;
  • A resource area for learning about local community resources and services (related to a variety of topics); and
  • Opportunities for group activities and self-study or one to one conversation.

Living Room Goals

Safe Environment – Provide a safe environment in which individuals practice respect for each person’s recovery journey.

Self Advocacy – Empower individuals to engage in and guide personal recovery through effective self-advocacy.

Promote Resiliency – Promote resiliency by celebrating individuals’ unique strengths and experiences.

Who will I meet in the Living Room?

You will meet others who are engaged in their own recovery journeys in the Living Room. In addition, you will meet RHA’s Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) who will work in the Living Room during operating hours. They will facilitate group activities, as well the comings and goings of the Living Room. CPSSs will also be available to meet individually with participants.

Who will be invited to use the Living Room?

Individuals who want to engage with peers as part of their recovery journeys related to mental health, substance use, and co-occurring intellectual and developmental disability needs.

What types of wellness activities will be offered?

The Living Room wellness activity program will be developed to meet the needs of the individuals served and promote a holistic approach to recovery. Activities may include:

  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan®
  • Whole Health Resiliency Model
  • Community Resiliency Model
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Community resources
  • Increasing coping skills
  • Stress reduction
  • Mapping emotions
  • Mindfulness
  • Advocating within systems
  • Creative writing
  • Arts expression
  • Music for your mood
  • Monthly social events, such as watching a movie, watching a sports game, cookouts, etc.