The Living Miracles formed in 1999 at the West Side Crisis Stabilization Unit, which was operated by Bridgeway, a local mental health agency. Former Crisis Shelter clients desired the continued support, education and social skills necessary to a live a stable life away from the hospital and in the community, so they started attending peer support groups at the Crisis Shelter. The program blossomed to include more than 50 individuals. In 2005, the group officially became a program of Bridgeway called The Living Miracles.
In September of 2006, the group moved into its own building at 1581 West 117th Street in Cleveland and began hiring persons with mental illness from within the program to facilitate peer support and education groups, expand program services and help manage the program.
With the support of the ADAMHS Board, in July of 2009 The Living Miracles left Bridgeway to become a seperate non-profit organization.
The Living Miracles adopted by laws in August of 2009 and received a favorable ruling from the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization in January of 2010. When we initially broke off from Bridgeway we had approximately 50 members. As of June 30, 2017 our agency has over 500 members!
The Living Miracles Peer Empowerment Center promotes the mental health recovery process by offering hope and motivation through peer support and education.
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New Members are Always Welcome!
We have an open door policy at Living Miracles, there are no referrals necessary to join. New Member Orientation is held Monday through Friday from 1-1:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but we suggest checking our monthly calendar to make sure we are open that day.
The Living Miracles offer a variety of services that promote mental health and wellness, increase recovery resiliency and social connectedness, and motivate one another in a unique way that helps our members thrive and lead fulfilled lives. Specifically, the purpose and function of the organization is as follows:
- To provide peer education and supportive services to individuals with mental illness.
- To enhance leadership and empowerment skills among members by promoting various programming and providing a venue for peer interaction.
- To educate the public and reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
- To encourage active communication among individuals with mental illness and consumer and mental health networks, family members and members of the community.
- To encourage mentoring services for either groups or individuals residing in the community.
Staffing and Leadership
The Living Miracles employs nine individuals, all of whom are either diagnosed with a mental illness or have a loved one or interest in mental illness. The majority of our staff have been recruited either as members or volunteers of The Living Miracles prior to their employment with us. Staff members serve as role models for others and provide peer support services to the organization by facilitating groups, and providing education and other recovery and wellness based activities. The Living Miracles practice shared leadership in reference to all programmatic decisions. The Executive Director serves as the facilitator and conducts business on behalf of the organization as a whole. The organization holds monthly membership meetings for which agenda items include every facet of the organization. All active members are eligible to vote on agenda items.
Programs and Services
Our group currently meets Monday through Friday from 1pm to 6pm for a variety of activities, and the first and third Saturday each month from 1-4pm for Art Projects and Peer Support. There is no cost to join our organization. There is a minimal fee for certain social/recreational activities, all other services are free. Our programs and activities are grouped into the following categories:
- Advocacy – teaching skills to help members know their rights and advocate for changes on both an individual level and as a community
- Community Education and Outreach – this includes our Peer Mentoring Program and Project AWARE; Advancing Wellness And Recovery Education in area schools for students in grades 9 through 12
- Leisure/Recreational and Socialization Activities
- Peer Education
- Peer Support
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