As we prepare for the Holiday Season, I’m reminded of the families we have supported and how grateful they are for those small, but so critical things—food, shelter, utility assistance, bereavement and pastoral support, and so much more.  Your essential and continued contributions enabled us to host five major community events, participate in the annual PCORI conference in Washington, D.C., as well as have significant input with the University of Illinois Patient Brigade. We set the standard as being “The Bridge to Support, Services and Resources” that support and maintain a dialogue with our community partners and share resources.  


This year has proven to be one of our busiest, with new agencies and institutions and more responsibility to meet the needs of the community. It is with deep gratitude and pride that I say to all Peer Plus Volunteers, “Thank You for the many tasks you have performed. Well done!”

This time of the year brings all lots of emotions. Whether happy, sad, conflicted or overwhelmed, we must acknowledge how we are feeling and learn how to move through those days when the feelings of struggle and loneliness are upon us.  Take some personal time, evaluate how you are feeling or doing lately, and know it’s okay if you have to step back and take a breather.  It has nothing to do with being selfish and everything to do with being emotionally healthy and caring for YOU. 


We hope you enjoy the updates. On behalf of the Peer Plus team, we wish you and loved ones a healthy and happy Holiday and New Year. 


Please enjoy some of our favorite Holiday music!


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Phyllis Rodgers proudly displays the first Peer Plus Calendar.