Who We Are, What We Do

Welcome!

We are honored that you have chosen to include our organization as a support on your path towards recovery and greater wellness. Apogee Center is a peer run recovery center. The model of a recovery center is to build upon the foundation of peer support to assist individuals in identifying, remembering, or discovering, their own passions, interests, and hobbies. Our focus is to support the building of connections between individuals. We do this through different programs and groups available at our space and in the community.

Recovery is different for everyone and we’re all at different points in our journey. We wanted to go over a few things that we do as Recovery Specialists and ways that we can support you wherever you are.

What is recovery?
We define recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. This definition does not describe recovery as an end state, but rather as a process.

What is a Recovery Specialist?
The role of a Recovery Specialist has been defined as “offering and receiving help, based on shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment between people in similar situations.” All Recovery Specialists have personal experience overcoming mental health struggles, we are your peers in the recovery journey. We give and receive help based on key principles that include shared responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful. We can assist you in a wide variety of activities including linkage to resources, sharing of experiences, community and relationship building, skill building, mentoring, goal setting and more.

How often do we meet/communicate?
A peer support relationship is fluid. It is based on reciprocity and mutuality. This means that both participants give and receive through the relationship. The regularity of contact is decided by the individuals in the relationship. The frequency of contact will ebb and flow based on the individuals. There is no set amount of meetings that you must have with a Recovery Specialist. Peer Support is available in person and through the phone, whichever feels most comfortable. Recovery Specialists typically meet with individuals in the community – in coffee houses, restaurants, libraries, or participants’ homes. It is also possible to meet with a Recovery Specialist at Apogee Center.

What if my Recovery Specialist is not available when I’m in need?
Recovery Specialists work as a team. We work together to support the individuals we serve. If you are in need of talking with someone, never hesitate to call the main phone number for the Recovery Center in your county and we will do our best to meet your needs. You are welcome to contact Apogee Center and speak with any Recovery Specialist.

What role does a Recovery Specialist play in my journey?                                                              Our roles are:
•to inspire hope of recovery from mental health struggles and/or addiction.
•to share lived experience in an appropriate manner to foster connections and build relationships with peers.
•to listen to and understand peers’ pain and isolation while exhibiting empathy and support as they move forward in recovery.
•to assist peers in exploring options and overcoming barriers preventing them from moving forward.
•to provide person-driven support that taps into individual’s strengths.

Our roles are not:
•to provide clinical care.
•to replace case managers.
•to “fix” people.
•to tell people “what to do.”
•to force compliance.
•to speak on behalf of a peer.

What are our values?
As Recovery Specialists we hold these values and use them to guide us:

  • We believe that peer support is voluntary.
  • We are hopeful.
  • We are open minded.
  • We are empathetic.
  • We are respectful.
  • We facilitate change.
  • We are honest and direct.
  • We are mutual and reciprocal.
  • We equally share power with you.
  • We are strengths-focused.
  • We are transparent.
  • We are person-driven.

Apogee Center is one of three peer support programs available through the Mental Health Association of Columbia Greene Counties, Inc. Apogee Center, Water Street Studio and the Center for Advocacy, Voice, and Empowerment (CAVE) are sibling programs. The programming and supports between these 3 programs are complimentary.