Sellersville, PA — Ryan Schweiger, certified peer specialist at Penn Foundation, was the recipient of a 2014 Recovery and Resiliency Award from the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health/ Developmental Disabilities.
The Recovery and Resiliency Awards are intended to recognize individuals, children, families, programs, and organizations that exemplify recovery and/or resiliency principles as outlined by Montgomery County. The awards recognize effort and accomplishment of significant quality that extends beyond the typical expectations of a job description or position.
“I hope that my peers and others gain hope and courage to remember who they are and discover/use their strengths to become everything that they were meant to be,” Schweiger said. “The most rewarding aspect of being a Peer Specialist is being able to go to work every day and be myself, a person in long-term recovery.”
Jane Straw, director of peer support services at Penn Foundation and Schweiger’s supervisor, spoke highly of him. “He has an unfailing faith in recovery and brings that faith and hope to all of his interactions with others, including his co-worker and personal relationships,” Straw said. “He does this from the perspective of an individual who knows firsthand how hard that journey can be.”
In his role as a Peer Specialist, Schweiger works with individuals in the community who are currently receiving mental health and/or drug and alcohol services. Schweiger also facilitates peer support groups for residents in Penn Foundation’s Village of Hope program. Schweiger encourages the individuals that he mentors to take advantage of all opportunities that are presented and ensures that the individuals he serves reach their full potential.
Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage. For more information, visit www.PennFoundation.org.