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What does the Gainesville Peer Respite offer?
We offer peer support in a homelike environment through four different opportunities: A phone support Warmline, wellness activities, support groups, and brief overnight respite stays. Participation in respite activities requires a brief house tour and signing of participation guidelines before first-time guests are able to attend activities. Guests interested in overnight respite also join us for a brief, casual interview to discuss needs and goals prior to their stay.
We are open Weds 12 pm – 9 pm, Thurs-Sun 9 am – 9pm, and Mondays 9 am- 1 pm. House tours are open to anyone in the community, peers and non-peers alike. Call our Warmline at (352) 559-4559 for support or if you have any questions about our process or what we offer.
Who is eligible to access services?
Anyone over 18 years old who self-identifies as having lived experience of extreme emotional distress, psychiatric diagnoses and/or hospitalization, emotional distress as a result of trauma, or other mental health challenges (a “peer”) is able to participate in our services. All participants are self-referred and participation is voluntary and self-directed. For overnight stays, guests must have a stable living situation, and Alachua County residents will receive priority. All respite activities are reserved for peers to maintain a “by us, for us” environment. House tours are open to everyone, peers and non-peers alike.
How much does it cost?
Services are free and donation based at this time. Overnight guests are asked to provide their own food. If you are able to make a monetary donation that would go to the cost of your stay, we would greatly appreciate it!
What model do you follow?
We follow a non-medical, peer support model. Our trained peer support staff can relate to guests because they have “been there” themselves, that is, they have lived experience and are willing share their stories and create connections with peers. We do not have clinicians on staff, nor do we accept referrals from clinicians or loved ones. Peers are free to use any personal, medical and community resources they think would be beneficial to them while also being part of our community.
What is the process for referrals?
We accept only self-referrals. Please feel free to distribute our contact information to any peer who is interested in learning more, or call us on the Warmline at (352) 559-4559 for more information.
What can I expect if I’d like to participate in activities or stay overnight?
All prospective activity participants and overnight guests first meet with a peer staff member to discuss the peer support model, take a house tour and sign participation guidelines. Our services are non-hierarchical and self-directed. Therefore, guests and participants must be able to independently care for themselves, agree to honor our core values of respect for self and others, agree to be a part of a healing environment, and must not be of harm to themselves or others. Peers who are interested in staying overnight must also discuss the specific needs and goals for their stay with a peer staff member. Ideally, this conversation takes place before a crisis occurs and a respite stay is requested.
How many guests can stay at one time?
The respite has five private bedrooms including two handicap-accessible bedrooms on the first floor.
Can I visit the respite if I’m not a peer?
You can do more than just visit! Even if you don’t identify as a peer, you can take a tour of the respite or even volunteer (see below!) House tours are available Wednesday 12-6pm, Thursday through Sunday 9-6. (Please allow about 30-45 minutes for your visit). You can also call us on the Warmline at (352) 559-4559 with questions.
What if I am interested in volunteering with the respite?
We’re excited to bring community members into our mission! If you are able and interested in assisting as a volunteer, sign up for our email list here to receive updates on volunteer workdays, social events and ways to get involved! Right now, we need the most help acquiring donated items from our wish list.
How can I donate to the respite?
Financial donations can be made to the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, our charitable donations agency, at this time. Check out our wish list if you are interested in donating new or gently used household items.
Where can I get more information about Gainesville Peer Respite?
We are located at 728 E University Avenue, near the downtown library. Stop by during house tour hours, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 352-559-4559. You can also like us on Facebook or sign up for our e-mail list to stay updated on events and programs.
How can my organization collaborate with yours?
We have wonderful relationships with other agencies, groups, and peers in town! If you are a part of an organization that is interested in sharing ideas with the respite or would simply like to invite us to one of your meetings or events, please contact us!
Where can I learn more about Peer-Run Respite Centers and Intentional Peer Support?
Gainesville Peer Respite
728 East University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Peer Support Warmline: 352-559-4559
Business Line: 352-278-0529