Project ABLE Newsletter

November 2023 Edition

Warm Welcome from us at Project ABLE

Hello Readers,

As the chill of November settles in, we're here to warm your hearts with the latest news and updates from our vibrant ABLE community. Our goal is to keep you connected and informed, even in these chilly times.

Let's kick things off by lending an ear to the voices of our cherished community members. Over the past few weeks, we conducted an anonymous satisfaction survey to gather insights on Project ABLE. The responses poured in, and they were more than just feedback; they were heartfelt expressions of what the ABLE community means to our members. Here's a glimpse of the love and enthusiasm that runs through our veins.

Please take a moment to hear from our Peers!

"Thank you"

"To me, project table feels like a family and I am very grateful to be part of it. Also grateful for everything that I have learned from all of the educational groups that they provide"

"I like being a part of Project Able community! It gives me a purpose & I love volunteering my time with Peer Support, it makes me feel good, I feel a connection with my peers and I like that. I also really like all of the groups they offer weekly. Something for everyone because there are so many different groups available!"

What you might have missed in October:

Life in our community is always bustling with activity. If you couldn't make it to our recent events, don't worry; we've got your back. We've captured those unforgettable moments, and we're excited to share them with you. So, grab a hot drink, sit back, and relive the memories with us.

Out of the Darkness - October 14th

Out of the Darkness Walk hosted by Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition was a two mile-paved walk to foster remembrance, hope, and support. This event welcomed many resources and vendors who came together to share support for those attending. The whole event was incredible as well as thoughtful. While Project ABLE was attending, we got to meet a local celebrity who was there giving support, Ceasar the No Drama Llama!

Salem Halloween Party 2023

Below are some images from the Salem Halloween Party 2023. We had a massive turnout of people with some fantastic costumes!

Halloween Fun at McMinnville

Project ABLE's Sweet Contribution to McMinnville's Trick-or-Treat Event

McMinnville's Third Street was transformed into a delightful, candy-filled wonderland for its annual Trick-or-Treat family fun day, and Project ABLE was right in the heart of the action!

Not only did Project ABLE hand out sweet treats to the eager trick-or-treaters, but we also brought some extra warmth to the festivities. Our hot chocolate and coffee station was an absolute hit, providing a comforting sip to all who passed by.

We're proud to be a part of this wonderful community tradition and to have added an extra layer of warmth and sweetness to the Halloween celebrations.

Thank you to all who joined us in making this event truly memorable!

But don't just dwell on the past; the future is just as exciting. Here's a sneak peek at some of the events we have lined up for you in the coming weeks. Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for these upcoming adventures:

Upcoming Events!🎉

Mark Your Calendars!

November 22nd Thanksgiving Potluck

Join Project ABLE on November 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a Thanksgiving Potluck!

Bring a side dish or a dessert to share!

Save the Date: Christmas Party at McMinnville Office!

Date: December 21

Event Details:

Join us for a festive Christmas celebration at our McMinnville office. We're getting into the holiday spirit with an Ugly Sweater Decorating Contest and a delightful Cookie Exchange. Here's what you need to know:

  • Ugly Sweater Decorating: Bring your favorite sweater to decorate. Get creative and let your holiday spirit shine!
  • Cookie Exchange: If you'd like to participate in the cookie exchange, bring some of your favorite homemade or store-bought cookies to share with the community.

Registration: To ensure we have enough supplies and transportation arranged, please register by December 15th if you need transportation or a sweater provided.

Don't miss out on this jolly occasion to celebrate the season with your ABLE community. We look forward to seeing you there!

For registration and more details, contact the Salem office at 503-363-3260 or the McMinnville office at 503-474-5509

Upcoming Closures!

We Will Be Closed On-

November 10th

Veterans Day

We Will Be Closed On-

November 23rd and 24th

Thanksgiving Day

We Will Be Closed

12 noon on December 22nd

Closed December 25th


Volunteer Spotlight

Joshua Sanchez

Meet Joshua Sanchez: A Valued Member of Our Community

Originally hailing from Eugene, Oregon, and a seasoned traveler across the United States, Joshua Sanchez is a man of rich experience and a treasured member of our community. Recently certified as a Peer Support Specialist, he has dedicated several months to volunteering with Project ABLE. You may recognize him from our recent events, where he's always there with a helping hand.

Joshua is more than just a Peer Support Specialist; he's a reliable and dependable presence in our community. If you ever have the chance to sit down with Joshua, you'll quickly discover he's an easygoing and approachable individual. He eagerly shares his interests in learning, music, and an extensive knowledge of pop culture with anyone willing to listen.

In a recent interview with Joshua, we had the privilege of learning more about his personal journey and his thoughts on Project ABLE. In his own words, "Um, I love that it's here. I love that Project ABLE is a thing. Something I didn't know was needed until I got involved with this." Joshua also expressed how being a Peer Support Specialist has positively impacted his own self-esteem. This is something many of us can relate to within the peer community. We discover pride in using our life experiences to support others.

If you ever need a good laugh to brighten your day, Joshua Sanchez has you covered. His infectious humor and warm personality are a testament to the vibrant spirit of our ABLE community.

We're truly fortunate to have Joshua as a part of our community, and his presence enriches the experiences of us all. Thank you, Joshua, for being an outstanding member of Project ABLE.

Reminders for our Staff and Volunteers

As a reminder for our volunteers that our Peer Logs are due by the 5th of every month.

Don't forget, we have our Mandatory PSS/Volunteer Meetings on the first and third Friday of every month! See ya at the meetings!

We provide lunch for Staff and Volunteers at these meetings, yummy!

Our Mission

Project ABLE provides peer-to-peer services and supports for adults recovering from mental health and co-occurring issues.

These supports and services embrace human dignity, the capacity for individuals to recover and promise life-long empowerment.

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