BERLIN — Serenity Steps, a peer support center located at 567 Main St. in Berlin is hosting an Open House on Friday, Oct. 9. This is open to the public, and will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served all day. The members of Serenity Steps have invited the community to come to their center, enjoy a nibble or two, and learn what a peer support looks like and what it has to offer. For more information, call (603) 752-8111
A peer support center, like Serenity Steps, is a place for people who have, or had mental health challenges will find a safe place to learn and grow together. The mission of Serenity steps is “to provide a sanctuary where people 18 years old and older learn to create a personal vision leading to their own recovery. This journey toward recovery occurs in a compassionate atmosphere through education, peer support, sharing of common experiences and utilizing individual as well as community resources".
“The center is sort of like a plant pot,” states Ellen Tavino, the Team Leader, “we provide a protected place for their plants to grow.” This means the person is allowed to decide what their recovery—or journey to wellness—will look like. No one at Serenity Steps is an expert on another’s experience, nor does anyone there dictate what another’s life should be.
Approximately one in five families is impacted by some form of mental illness. But, there is hope. People can, and do move forward from such challenges. Serenity Steps is a place where that can happen.