Project ABLE Newsletter

September 2023 Edition

Welcome to our third edition of the Project ABLE newsletter! With this edition, we would like to highlight some big upcoming events and discuss exciting news at Project ABLE.

September has many fun events being hosted, so mark your calendars! Be sure to use the Project ABLE website to stay informed of our groups as well!

What you might have missed last month in August:

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

August 11th, we celebrated our 15th annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic! The picnic was a huge success, and the weather was beautiful for a fun day. We want to thank all those who supported Project ABLE with putting everything together. We would also like to thank all those who attended and made the event a wonderful celebration of what we do here at ABLE.

Upcoming Events!🎉

Join Project ABLE in upcoming events!



September 4th Labor Day

Here is a quick reminder that Project ABLE will be closed Monday, September 4th for observance of Labor Day.

For information and interesting details about this holiday you can read more here -

Labor Day - Wikipedia

Hands Across the Bridge

September 8th

Join us Friday, September 8th from 2 pm to 6 pm at Riverfront Park as we come together to celebrate recovery from addictions and mental health challenges.

There will be live music, speakers, games, vendors, and more!

Mid-Willamette Veterans

Stand Down

September 13th

At the Salem YMCA,

VETERANS Stand Down, an event happening Wednesday, September 13th, from 8 am to 4 pm they will be hosting free services. There will be a resume workshop, balancing your budget, legal services, and a job fair. Included will be many other free services as well as lunch!

Punx in the Park

September 16th

Happening Saturday, September 16th at the Marion Square Skate Park, we will be there! Punx in the park is a youth resource and concert event. There will be vendors, food, music and of course resources!

Project ABLE Open Mic

September 29th

Friday September 29th from 11 am to 3 pm we are hosting a Project ABLE Open Mic event! We will have pizza and pop with an open-format event. Come share poetry, karaoke, music, dancing, and dramatic readings.

Volunteer Spotlight

Troy Rigert

September, I would like to shine a light on a fabulous volunteer! Troy Rigert, a veteran born and raised in Oregon, has been with Project ABLE for over a year. His draw to ABLE has been that he finds it very enlightening and the culture surrounding it. Troy has been participating in the McMinnville office and worked the front reception desk with his canine companion, Cora, for around nine months. Together, they enjoy the Community Connection group at Project ABLE, where they get to know people who come in to enjoy coffee. Troy has been known to always look for ways to give support around the office and is greatly appreciated by staff. So, if you get a chance to say hello to Troy and Cora, please stop by McMinnville Project ABLE office for a chat!

"Troy's awesome and a fantastic receptionist!" - Tracy

🍂Changing with the Seasons🍂

Upcoming changes to look forward to at ABLE

Ashe and Julie's office has moved to the white building next to this new lobby area.

What new lobby area you ask?

Here at Project ABLE, we are making big changes to the scenery in the white building.

We are currently decorating and arranging the lobby area for Peers to hang out in at the white building or while waiting for wellness activities.

The goal is to make a comfortable and safe environment for people to relax and enjoy and sit on the couch or have a cup of tea or coffee.

Julie and Ashe have moved offices to the white building beside the new lobby. So if you are looking for support or want to say hello, you know where they are!

Julie & Ashes new office

Come check out the NEW & IMPROVED lobby with a coffee bar!

Pictured is Joshua putting together a Starry Night puzzle in the new lobby area.

So come on over and hang out with us!

Training Corner

Upcoming Trainings for Peer Support Specialist (PSS)

During September:

CEU's for this month are: 

9/1 - QPR - a suicide prevention strategy. Facilitated by Kelsey Murray, who is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Yamhill County Public Health

9/08- SMART goal setting and Peer Support. Facilitated by Michelle Cradit. Were going to identify this goal strategy for Peers to share with those they support.

9/15 - Chronic Illness - collecting spoons. TBD facilitator. This will address the encroachment of chronic illness on daily living. Focus is on building greater empathy and compassion and sharing strategies for "managing spoons" (daily energy rationing).  

9/22 - Older Adult - Retirement and Poverty. TBD facilitator. Updated and revised!

9/29 - No CEU! Open Mic karaoke at Salem campus. 


McMinnville News:

Here are some upcoming events happening in McMinnville!

Peers in the Park

September 9th

Join Project ABLE and others as we come together for Peers in the Park Picnic on Saturday, September 9th. The event will be from 12 pm to 3 pm. This is a free event that will feature games food and of course resources!

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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