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Step By Step Wellness Program Welcomes New Staff

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Program Coordinator, Pam Peeling has announced that Wanda James and Virginia Lockhart have joined the staff of the Step By Step Wellness program.

Administered by Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 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.

Pam Peeling (center), coordinator of the Step By Step Wellness program reviews the program’s activities schedule with peer generalist Wanda James (left) and generalist Virginia Lockhart.
Pam Peeling (center), coordinator of the Step By Step Wellness program reviews the program’s activities schedule with peer generalist Wanda James (left) and generalist Virginia Lockhart.

James, a former activities director at Meadowbrook Adult Home in Hannibal, joins Step By Step as a peer generalist, while Lockhart, who previously worked at Oswego Industries, will serve as a generalist.

In their new roles, James and Lockhart will work with clients to provide both individual and group-based support to promote wellness and provide person-centered recovery-services.

The two will also serve as advocates for clients and helps to facilitate access to appropriate services and assist with communication between clients and other service providers who may help them achieve their goals.

Both natives of Central New York, James and Lockhart enjoy working with, and helping others. While they have only recently joined the staff, they are already using their unique talents to enhance the Step By Step Wellness Program.

“As a former activities director I understand the benefits of having our clients involved in programs that enrich their lives. I am looking forward to growing the music therapy and art therapy programs so that they may better express themselves through these mediums.” said James.

For Lockhart, the opportunity to share her experiences and help others feel better about themselves has inspired her to explore the possibility of adding a sewing program to Step By Step.

“To be able to create clothing and crafts from hand is very rewarding experience that will benefit our clients in many ways. I would like to be able to establish a sewing program in the near future,” said Lockhart.

In addition to her duties as a generalist, Lockhart is also serving as the driver for Step By Step’s transportation service.

The Step By Step Wellness program provides transportation to its Fulton location from Hannibal, Oswego and Central Square.

In the Pulaski area, door-to-door transportation is offered to Step By Step’s Pulaski location at Christ Our Light Church, 23 Niagara St. in Pulaski.

For more information on the Step By Step Wellness program’s transportation service contact Peeling at 315-598-3980.

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 Wanda and Virginia as part of our staff.  Their past experiences, positive attitudes and fresh ideas will be appreciated by our clients.”

The Step By Step Wellness Program, currently located at Catholic Charities’ temporary location in the former St. Michael’s church building at 310 Beech Street, is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. the Step By Step Wellness Program is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

To serve clients in the northern part of Oswego County, the Step By Step Wellness program is available weekly on Mondays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Christ Our Light Church, 23 Niagara St. in Pulaski.

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.