Pot Luck Shop celebrates mental health awareness month

Left to right are former Board member Maribelle McDougal, Pot Luck Store manager Barbara Byrd, and current Pot Luck's Board of Directors Theodis Henderson, President Elizabeth Rice,, Kim Price, Patricia Bonner, Johnnie Spain, Johnny Spain and Charles Quarles.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Locally, that includes the Robison-Geer Center, a day habilitation program with Indian Rivers Mental Health Center. The Robison-Geer Center is the only day program in Pickens County. There are currently 12 clients that come to the center daily to learn independent living skills, money management skills, along with community resource and social skills. The staff works together to come up with creative and fun ways to provide training for the individuals attending the center.

"I was one of the founders of the Mental Health Association in 1978 and I started working
with this Pot Luck store," Board President Elizabeth Rice said. "We decided that we need to
get some funds to help the Robison-Geer Center."

In the 1970s, Lois Robison had a vision to open a thrift store to help benefit the clients at the Geer Center. On April 3, 1980, that vision became a reality when the Pot Luck Shop opened its doors for the first time. The thrift store, with merchandise donated from those in the
community, was open to channel much needed funds and other resources to the center. The shop still depends on the help from the community to continue to carry out Ms. Robison's vision.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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