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Mentally ill find new lease on life

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AMERICUS, Ga. -

There's a place in Americus, Georgia where the mentally ill and those battling substance abuse problems go to get a chance at a better quality of life. It's called the Perry Wellness Center.

Those enrolled in the program get help with coping skills, job readiness and interacting with the community at large. They do that through the Happy Patch, a fruit and vegetable market on the site.

Farmers bring in their goods, the Happy Patch buys them and then sells them to the public. The folks at the Perry Wellness program work there. They also grow some of their own vegetables.

"We got a huge assortment of things we grow personally and that's the cabbages, the tomatoes and the collards which is a great  success, we sell lots of them and we combine them with the local markets and sell with them," said Connie Cooper, one of the managers.

There's also a wide variety of plants for sale to the public.The proceeds go back to the Wellness Center. The center was founded by Stuart Perry, who in 1999 walked 1,000 miles from Americus to Chicago to raise awareness about mental illness.

 

 

Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

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