EDISON — There are gifts galore available for all ages at No Limits Outreach this week. The Safe Harbor Peer Support Services held a week-long gift giveaway for 75 families and individuals this holiday season.

Families will “shop” for new household items, clothing, shoes, and toys to fill their holiday list, along with food to prepare their holiday meal. Safe Harbor staff and its volunteers, many who are peers, will assist in the holiday giveaway ensuring that the families enjoy their experience and adhere to CDC guidelines. Family members are pre-scheduled for their visit during the 5-day event.

No Limits Outreach is part of Safe Harbor Peer Support Services for men and women with mental health illnesses and recovering addicts.

Safe Harbor Executive Director Angi Lee said, “The mission is to provide a welcoming, physically and emotionally safe environment where Morrow County adults can receive peer support, socialization, education and opportunities to work on their mental health recovery.”

Lee noted that this holiday season is especially difficult with the impact of COVID-19 causing depression and anxiety, as well as more needs for food, clothing and support with the loss of work in some cases.

Safe Harbor’s mission is accomplished through the operation of two weekday recovery centers, located in Delaware and Morrow Counties. No Limits Outreach is located in Edison and Annie’s Outreach is in Delaware County.

A nutritious lunch is served daily, and accompanies programs and groups scheduled throughout the month. County-wide transportation is offered free of charge.

Loretta Martin is Recovery Supervision Coordinator with No Limits. She supervises the day-to-day scheduling and activities. Martin and Lee said that peer support is the most important service they provide along with activities like cooking and nutrition classes, wellness check-ups, art therapy and game competitions.

Lee said, “The power and effectiveness of peer support and peer support groups is very important for adults in recovery.”

“We believe that persons who have lived with mental illness are both credible and effective agents for helping others with similar problems,” Lee added. Peer support individuals receive education and are certified in peer support.

No Limits Outreach is located at 4046 E. Vine St., Edison. Their winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information about Safe Harbor and No Limits Outreach, call 419-946-5900. They are also on Facebook at Safe Harbor Peer Support Services www.safeharborpeersupportservices.org.

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By Alberta Stojkovic

The Sentinel