Step By Step Wellness Program welcomes new Staff

Fulton, NY – Program Coordinator, Pam Peeling has announced that Pam Marion has joined the staff of the Step By Step Wellness program and will serve as a program generalist.  Marion, who previously worked as a nutrition educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension is happy to be working in the human services field.

Pam Peeling (left), coordinator of the Step By Step Wellness program reviews the program’s activities schedule with staff generalist Pam Marion.
Pam Peeling (left), coordinator of the Step By Step Wellness program reviews the program’s activities schedule with staff generalist Pam Marion.

“I enjoy working with people and helping them better their lives,” said Marion.

Marion’s familiarity with Catholic Charities’ Step By Step program has made transition to a generalist with Step By Step an easy one.

“At Cornell Cooperative Extension I had the opportunity to work cooperatively with members of the Step By Step staff and had the pleasure of meeting many of the clients when I visited the program to conduct presentations on importance of good nutrition.  The staff and the clients are great and I pleased to be part of the program,” said Marion.

As a generalist, Marion will work with clients to promote wellness and provide person-centered recovery-services.

Through both individual and group-based support Marion will help clients establish their goals and work towards achieving them as they learn daily life skills that allow them to live independently.  Additionally, she will also advocate for clients by helping them access appropriate services and assisting with communication between clients and other service providers who may help them achieve their goals.

“I am enjoying the interaction with our clients.  It’s rewarding to know that I am able to connect with them and bring about positive changes that will better their lives.  I welcome the opportunity to give back to my community and being a part of the Step By Step program allows me to do that,” said Marion.

The Step By Step Wellness program currently serves more than 100 clients, with 40 to 50 individuals visiting each week and many more who attend the various support groups and special presentations.

“The Step By Step program fills a definite need in our community,’ added Peeling. “It provides our clients with a place to go where they are welcomed and appreciated. This program is for them, they get to meet new friends, share their experiences and work together to reach their goals. We understand their unique needs and enjoy helping them meet those needs.  I am happy to have Pam as new staff generalist. Her past experience, positive attitude and fresh ideas will be appreciated by our clients.”

Administered by Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and located inside the agency’s offices at 365 W. First St., the Step By Step Wellness program uses a wellness recovery model that provides an array of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness and assists them in their recovery.

The program is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To serve clients in the northern part of Oswego County, the Step By Step Wellness program is available weekly on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Rural and Migrant Ministries, 15 Stewart St. in Richland.

Workshops and other programs are open to all clients.

For more information on the Step By Step Wellness program, or learn about becoming a participant, contact Peeling at 315-598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.