August 18, 2005

 

Melinda Mowery

Clackamas County Mental Health

Oregon City, OR  97045

 

Dear Ms. Mowery:

 

My name is xxxxxxx and I would like to share with you just what this spirit class has done for me personally.  This class has given me the tools to help others and myself like me that have mental health needs.  I have not been involved in Clackamas County Mental Health as a consumer, but I have had my problems in the past in Umatilla County.  I was able to find my way back from mental illness and drug addiction.  Because I was blessed to have been put with a counselor who had been in the same place during the last war that I had been in and done the same things that I was having great difficulty with.  This man was there for me because he had been in my shoes years before.  This is what is so good about the Spirit class; we the students have been and are in the place that the future classes will be in.  Because we are consumers trained in many different types of information, resources, self-help techniques, coping skills, anger management, etc.  There are so many that I can't take the paper space to write them all.

 

Melinda, I know that this class is to teach us students to facilitate the program, but it is so much more.  I have had my own growth within myself; I have been able to remember tools of recovery that I had forgotten which helped me very much.  I have also been able to go back and remember spiritual things from my up bringing as a child who lived on an Indian reservation.  I was taught a lot about the wisdom that the elders possessed.  This class has brightened my awareness that there is something I can share with others like the elders shared.  Each of the people in this class has experience in many different things that have made this a team/class that has grown individually and as a group.  The growth that each of us has made in areas that have been a "strong hold".  This class has given us tools to cope and deal with them.  Each member of the county staff and contracted personnel has also learned things along with the rest of us.  You have by allowing and believing in the program given all of us a part of more of ourselves back and for that I must thank you from my heart.

 

Everyone has been given something that they very much needed each being different.  This class is a living, learning, recovery machine, ready to help make a difference wherever we may go in life.  As you know there is a path of recovery.  There is so much I want to say, but I will end on this note, this program is essential to this County I would be honored to tell anyone about how much this program is needed in this whole country.  Hope is real in this class, becoming aware of one's life, one's strengths and weaknesses is truly strong medicine (power).  I truly believe that the name Spirit was a gift just like this class was a gift from the creator.  Thank you for taking the time to read my feelings and observations.

 

Sincerely Yours,

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eator.  Thank you for taking the time to read my feelings and observations.

 

Sincerely Yours,

Student 002

 

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