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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: Wellness Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm COME BACK JULY 29th for a special guest and interview (including fun virtual and social distancing dating ideas)!!!! Join Weekly Here

Wednesdays with Lorrin Gehring - fun projects, experiments, and a place to talk about whole body and holistic wellness. We’ll be looking at creative ways to express ourselves and stay busy! This will be a space to create, laugh, and share. Have a bunch of toilet paper rolls (lucky!) and junk laying around? Awesome, let’s make junk sculptures! Lorrin and her guest speakers will be weaving in healthy parenting tips for people with mental health challenges, who may have stress responses that could negatively impact their coping skills. Together we can do this!

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

COME BACK JULY 29th for a special guest and interview (including fun virtual and social distancing dating ideas)!!! Wednesdays with Lorrin Gehring - fun projects, experiments, and a place to talk about whole body and holistic wellness. We’ll be looking at creative ways to express ourselves and stay busy! This will be a space to create, laugh, and share. Have a bunch of toilet paper rolls (lucky!) and junk laying around? Awesome, let’s make junk sculptures! Lorrin and her guest speakers will be weaving in healthy parenting tips for people with mental health challenges, who may have stress responses that could negatively impact their coping skills. Together we can do this!

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