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The Peer Workforce Alliance's Community Connections Series

The Washington State University College of Nursing, Peer Workforce Alliance, is concerned about Washington State's mental health. We are setting up community forums so people with mental health and/or substance use challenges who are missing their regular meetings and groups can check in with like-minded,  recovery-oriented individuals. We will have Certified Peer Counselors, Recovery Coaches, Mental Health Professionals and Nurses available by appointment. To make an appointment please call the PWA at 360-350-8093. If you are in crisis please contact 911 or 211  We Are Peer For You! Community Connections.


We want to hear from you! If you have a topic that you would like to see covered.

  • Who: All peers, recovery coaches and allies in WA (Everyone's Welcome!)
  • What: Community Connections We are Peer for You!  
  • Where: Online
  • How: Zoom!
  • Join by Phone: 1-253-215-8782 Meeting ID: 924 8205 4465

Community Connections Series Schedule

Monday:  55+ Peer Perspectives with Laurel Lemke and Tanyalee Erwin 12:00-1:00 pm Join Weekly Here

Laurel Lemke and Tanyalee Erwin, Certified Peer Counselors invite seniors, senior peers and family members to share ideas, resources and messages of hope as we navigate pathways to resiliency. We will have an open conversation in this on-line gathering to share ideas of coping in this new world of social distancing, shelter-at-home, and growing forward.  They have been joined by guest contributors who discussed eating for wellness and staying healthy, how to improve your home environment ( clutter/hoarding), setting and keeping your own boundaries, finding meaning as a volunteer and ways to support veterans. Topics come from participant's suggestions as well as keeping mentally healthy, finding purpose, being meaningful and contributing when you can’t leave the house, creating your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan, AARP updates, dealing with change and other relevant ways to improve your day. We look forward to meeting you and having you be part of this important 55+ virtual community. Resources gathered from sessions will be posted on https://powersource.club/, a peer group Laurel and Tanyalee co-founded with Michael Hardie. You can also get updates on the Peer Workforce Alliance Facebook page or by subscribing to the PWA newsletter email list.

Wednesdays: Creative Wednesdays- Message from Host

Thank you so much for all who have attended and made this webinar so wonderful. At this time, we will not be continuing Creative Wednesdays. If you have any are interested in participating in other webinars hosted by Lorrin please send her an email at lorringehring@gmail.com. Thank you for being so wonderful and making Wednesday's a bright spot in my week. :)

Thursday:  Thriving Thursdays 10:30 am-Noon Join Weekly Here

***Please note that this webinar uses a different link and you will need to register in advance***

Please join Janice Schutz, Lisa Moore, LaTonya Rogers and Pattie Marshall

This Family/Peer meeting will feature: Updates From HCA on COVID-19, Check in time with your community, and a dose of joy to leave you ready for the rest of your day. Hosted by WSCC in collaboration with Peer Workforce Alliance.

Saturday Night: Game Night with United Peers of Washington (UP of WA)! 7-8:30 pm Join Weekly Here

Unwind and join us for a fun game night hosted by UP of WA board members. Each week we will play some fun and interactive games. We will be playing pictionary, trivia, charades, and more! Grab some snacks and prepare to laugh! Check out and become an UP of WA member here: https://upofwa.org/


Monday: 55+ Peer Perspectives with Laurel Lemke and Tanyalee Erwin   12:00-1:00 pm

Laurel Lemke and Tanyalee Erwin, Certified Peer Counselors invite seniors, senior peers and family members to share ideas, resources and messages of hope as we navigate pathways to resiliency. We will have an open conversation in this on-line gathering to share ideas of coping in this new world of social distancing, shelter-at-home, and growing forward. They have been joined by guest contributors who discussed eating for wellness and staying healthy, how to improve your home environment ( clutter/hoarding), setting and keeping your own boundaries, finding meaning as a volunteer and ways to support veterans. Topics come from participant's suggestions as well as keeping mentally healthy, finding purpose, being meaningful and contributing when you can’t leave the house, creating your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan, AARP updates, dealing with change and other relevant ways to improve your day. We look forward to meeting you and having you be part of this important 55+ virtual community. Resources gathered from sessions will be posted on https://powersource.club/, a peer group Laurel and Tanyalee co-founded with Michael Hardie.You can also get updates on the Peer Workforce Alliance Facebook page or by subscribing to the PWA newsletter email list.

Join Weekly Here

Wednesday Creative Expressions 6:00-7:00 pm

Thank you so much for all who have attended and made this webinar so wonderful. At this time, we will not be continuing Creative Wednesdays. If you have any are interested in participating in other webinars hosted by Lorrin please send her an email at lorringehring@gmail.com. Thank you for being so wonderful and making Wednesday's a bright spot in my week. :)

Join Weekly Here

Thriving Thursday's with Washington State Community Connectors: 10:30 - 12:00 PM

Please join Janice Schutz, Lisa Moore, LaTonya Rogers and Pattie Marshall for this awesome webinar. This Family/Peer meeting will feature: Updates From HCA on COVID-19, Check-in time with your community, and a dose of joy to leave you ready for the rest of your day. Hosted by WSCC in collaboration with Peer Workforce Alliance.

Join Weekly Here

Saturday Night: Game Night with United Peers of Washington board members, 6:00-7:30pm

Unwind and join us for a fun game night hosted by UP of WA board members. Each week we will play some fun and interactive games. We will be playing pictionary, trivia, charades, and more! Grab some snacks and prepare to laugh! Check out and become an UP of WA member here: https://upofwa.org/ Meeting ID 533 170 7035

Join Weekly Here