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WHO WE ARE

The Get Away Drop In Center is a Domestic Non-Profit Corporation.  We pride ourselves on being a peer-run organization and we receive the majority of our funding from Alger County's Pathways Community Mental Health.

Our Purpose is

1). Self Help / Mutual Support

2). Resources / referral/ information center

3) Advocate for the civil and legal rights of people diagnosed with a mental illness.

4). Organized to act as a vehicle for acquiring self-advocacy skills among participants.

5). Organized to develop special projects as desired by participants.

 
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THE GET AWAY DROP IN CENTER
WELCOMES YOU

No one should have to face mental illness alone, which is why The Get Away Drop In Center opened its doors in 2000. Our organization’s main mission is to support and serve the needs of people who are going through mental health issues. For more information, contact us today.

 

OUR VISION IS

To welcome people diagnosed with past or present mental health conditions in a safe and supportive community environment.

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WHAT WE DO

Our Mission

To provide an atmosphere of acceptance where individuals feel needed and grow in self-worth, dignity, and self-respect through social and recreational activities, peer support, community resources and promoting self-advocacy.

 

UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT

A Sense of Belonging

People interact with others who have shared similar experiences, such as hospitalizations, medications, doctors, therapists, and etc...
A powerful support system is built that helps people through painful times.  One of the main reasons people come to the center is for critical peer support.
People find that discouragement, fear, rage, pain, and anxiety are all natural human emotions, and not unique to them because of a diagnosis.  We realize that our hopes, dreams, fears, and pain are no different than those of others.  This realization helps us feel less alone, different, "crazy", or afraid of the world.

 

A PLACE TO GO, A PLACE TO BE

The center is a place to go, and a place to be, It's that simple. People need to have interaction with others to grow and live.  People need somewhere to go where they feel safe.

 
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At the center, stigma is eliminated through acceptance.  This allows individuals living with behavioral health illnesses to change their view of themselves.  As they are accepted by others, they learn to accept themselves and even like themselves.  Judgemental attitudes of society are absent here at the center because everyone has been in a similar place or shared experience. At the center there is no shame in being a person with a mental or emotional health problems.

 

FAMILY

Often in the life of someone suffering from a mental illness, a sense of family is missing.  The support you will get from the center is a sense of family to us.  Along with the sense of family comes the sense of home. It is a place that is familiar, predictable, and safe. People come to the center to share their lives, their successes, and their challenges.  I don't know of anywhere you can find the same unconditional acceptance and support that the center provides.

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EMPOWERMENT

Empowerment is the rebirth of our sense of right, beliefs, and ideas.
Empowerment is the learning to take control of our lives.
Empowerment is pride in ourselves and where we have been.
Empowerment is doing for yourselves and allowing yourself and allowing others to do for themselves.
Empowerment is not giving up.  It's facing each day with all its trials and knowing that you have made it through another day. 
Empowerment is learning of the extraordinary strength we have within us that has brought us through our pain.
Here at the center, we'll provide the opportunities to empower you to find within yourself the skills to run your own life and make your own decisions.
You'll learn about your own identity and enhance who you are. Strength and confidence increases through expansion of self-identity which further develops self-empowerment skills.

 
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BEING ALIVE

We are more than being "ill".  We're about learning to be alive again, learning and sharing ideas and stories that others take for granted.  Over 15,000 people use peer-run organizations in Michigan each year.  None of the members are forced to attend or ordered there for treatment.  So ask yourself why so many people go to the centers and keep coming back?  Because we offer something that you can not get anywhere else.  We offer opportunities, a chance to be "well", and a chance to be alive again.

 
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LOCATION & HOURS

Come Visit

Our location: 226 W. Superior St. Munising, MI
Our phone: (906)-387-1757
Our Hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

 
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Membership

PARTICIPATION CRITERIA

Membership shall be open to any person who meets the following criteria:
1). Whose primary disability is a mental illness and is 18 years of age or older.
2). Who has received or is currently receiving services from a public or private mental health provider.
3). Members will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender, physical or mental characteristics, sexual orientation and marital status.

 

No one should have to face mental illness alone. With the help we provide, free of charge, you won't.

 
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SUPPORT NEEDED

You Can Change Someone’s Life

Your donation guarantees that no one in our community will face mental health crisis alone. Whether you can lend a hand, donate money or provide resources, every little bit of help counts and is greatly appreciated. The center has its own non-profit status  so it is tax deductible. We will provide our tax number upon donation. Or, if you're a licensed professional in the human services field and would be interested in offering group services, please contact us.  We are on an AmazonSmile charity list.

 

EVENT CALENDAR

 June 21st through June 25th, 2021

MONDAY

June 21st

Open from 0800 - 1200
I am in Training again

TUESDAY

June 22nd

Open 1:30 - 4:00
I am in training again

WEDNESDAY

June 23rd

Open 0800 - 4:00
I am in a conference all day

THURSDAY

June 24th

All Day Gym
0845 Meditation
1200 Healthy Luncheon
12:30 Birthday Party!!!
1:00 Bingo

FRIDAY

June 25th

All Day Gym
0845 Meditation
1000 Volunteer at the Animal Shelter
1:30pm Board Meeting
3:00pm Bowling

 

When you want to join in on the gym activities, come in so we can register you and pay for your membership.  This is paid for by a grant that we received.  After the registration is complete you can go whenever is convenient for you.  You do not need to go at 5 when I am there.

 

CRISIS

Additional Resources

CRISIS WARM LINE

CRISIS HOT LINE

 

COME AND JOIN OUR TEAM

We are looking to add to our team!!! Contact me to find out how you could become one of our board members.

 

MEET OUR TEAM

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CHRISTINA BOWERS

Program Director

I have a personal relationship with depression and social anxiety.  I am here to help people with their fight to gain personal freedom from their emotional struggles while maintaining a positive perspective.

DIANA ACKLEY

President

I am the center's president.  On a daily basis I cope with depression and anxiety.  I am a people person and love to talk with people and help with them cope with the same issues that I deal with .

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JOYCE MILLER

Treasurer

I struggle with Bipolar, PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks on a daily basis.  I am learning how to cope with my issues with the help and support from others.  I am very interested in learning new coping skills along with you.

SANDY DWELLEY

Member at Large

 I have an ongoing inner struggle with anxiety.  I am continuously trying to learn to live with my anxiety and I am here to help others work through theirs.

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CONTACT US

226 W. Superior St

906 387 1757

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