07 - 19 - 2012 Sunshine club offers outreach opportunities
LEWISTOWN - The Sunshine Connection is a local club run by and formed for community members who have a mental health diagnosis. Their mission is simple - to provide a safe and supportive environment for all to discuss problems without fear of retaliation or retribution. Throughout the week, club staff organize daily activities designed to bring members together and offer a release from daily life. Gretchen Hunt, craft director, prepares a weekly craft in the art department. Her August schedule includes building race cars for the Sunshine Derby, leather work, magnets, key chains and friendship bracelets. The club also has several pool tables, a computer lab and a TV room for those who just want to relax for awhile. On some days, therapy animals also stop by for a visit. Most importantly, The club has the opportunity to support others. No matter what an individual is going through, those involved with the club understand. Although the club is primarily visited by adults, anyone of any age with a mental health diagnosis is welcome. A new Transitions Program will soon be offered in the evenings to support young adults ages 18 to 24 as well. The Sunshine Connection's outreach program is maintained through donations from the community. Their mission is supported, in part, through a resale store located in the club's annex. The store offers gently used clothes and household items and is open to the public from 10 am. to 1:30 pm. daily. For more information about upcoming events or services offered, call 242-4755, email sunshineconnection@yahoo.com or stop in between 8:30 am to 2 pm. Monday through Friday at 518 S. Juniata St., Lewistown.