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Keeping you safe during pandemic

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The PEACH Pit is taking the following precautions to protect our clients and help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Office seating has been arranged for appropriate physical distancing. 
  • The therapy team will wear masks.
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    Staff and clients wear masks to protect each other.
  • The therapy team maintains safe distancing.
  • Restroom soap dispensers are maintained, and everyone is encouraged to wash their hands. Individual soap packages are available to each client.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is available in the arena and office. 
  • We schedule appointments at specific intervals to minimize the number of people at the facility.
  • We ask all clients to wait in their vehicles or outside until no earlier than 5 minutes before their appointment times.
  • Areas that are commonly touched are thoroughly sanitized after each use.
  • Physical contact is not permitted.
  • Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of frequently.
  • Common areas are thoroughly disinfected at the end of each day.

Navigating COVID-19 together

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Horsepower and Heroes logo of horse and U.S. flagUnderstandably, the novel coronavirus pandemic has many people concerned. As we all navigate the impact of COVID-19, we’ve made some decisions about events at The PEACH Pit to keep our visitors, therapists and clients safe.

We’re postponing the Horsepower and Heroes Retreat, scheduled for May 1-3; we’ll post here when we set the new dates for the retreat.

We’re also suspending group volunteer activities. We will continue to accept individual volunteers, and we’ll continue to see clients since the majority of our sessions are outdoors in open-air settings that maintain a safe distance from others. 

Meanwhile, here are a few tips to help you protect yourself physically and emotionally:

  • Limit your intake of media. Repeated exposure to the same stressful event can exacerbate your stress response. It’s good to stay in the know, but consider limiting your ingestion of news media, especially if you are starting to feel overwhelmed.
  • Take care of your body. Drink lots of water, eat healthy and continue with your normal exercise routine.
  • Make time to relax. With the news of any large scale adverse event, there is an inherent sense of urgency. We can get wrapped up the energy of outside actors (newscasters, politicians, fundraisers, etc.). Constant vigilance is not good for your body. To counteract it, use your relaxation coping skills like breathing, journaling or listening to music.
  • Talk about it. Connect with others about how you’re feeling and what concerns you have. Connect with them about other things, too. There’s no reason to stop living your life.
  • Take appropriate precautions to keep yourself healthy. Follow the CDC guidelines for prevention: Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face and avoid contact with people known to be sick. 

If you find that you are having a difficult time coping or that you are feeling overwhelmed, please reach out. Our counseling sessions can help, and you’ll be able to maintain a safe social distance, as well.

Get your tickets for the Loving Life Benefit Concert

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Tickets now are on sale for the inaugural Loving Life Benefit Concert featuring Scott Helmer, with a special appearance by former Miss America Betty Cantrell Maxwell.

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Scott Helmer

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Betty Cantrell Maxwell

Because of the odd times we’re living in, we’ve rescheduled the concert for *April 10, 2021. The concert will help The PEACH Pit reach more Veterans and first responders in an effort to save lives. Specifically, the concert will help us reach more women Veterans, who among the 22 Veterans who commit suicide daily; and first responders, who, sadly, die by their own hands more than they die otherwise.

Scott is a musician, songwriter and overall great performer. And in 2008, he was seconds away from committing suicide. Now, he travels the country spreading the joy of living.

Betty is a motivational speaker, singer, actress, model, author, Miss Georgia 2015, Miss America 2016. She’s from Middle Georgia and a strong advocate for suicide prevention and mental health treatment.

Tickets range from $10 to $100. This concert is likely to sell out, so don’t delay. Get your tickets today.

*Note that we rescheduled the concert from Aug. 1 to maximize the time for the world to recover from COVID-19.

A big ask

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Two days into the new year, we sent out notice that registration was open for our spring Horsepower and Heroes Retreat for women Veterans.

Horsepower and Heroes logo of horse and U.S. flagIn 24 hours, 112 women Veterans had registered for 15 slots. That’s wonderful and, at the same, sad.

Wouldn’t it be great if all of them could attend and decompress and be among other women Veterans?

What if you could make that happen? Would you?

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The PEACH Pit to help us help our Veterans. Think of it as a way of thanking them for their service.

You can donate on our website and via GA Gives. The GA Gives donations specifically go toward our retreat. You can also mail a check to PO Box 891, Fort Valley, GA 31030, and put “Retreat” in the memo area.

Thank you for helping us help those who served.

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The Home Depot helps The PEACH Pit

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This is what I wanted to repair or replace.

new wheels and axle.
Someone at The Home Depot in Warner Robins, Ga., made this as a replacement.

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The manager at The Home Depot in Warner Robins tossed in this dump cart for free after reading about The PEACH Pit’s mission. He said it was a gift for all we do.