STAFF CONNECT

Peer Washington's Staff Newsletter

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Its that special time of year when I get to announce our second annual Voluntary

Non-Denominational Wintertime Secular Holiday Politically-Correct Socially-Distanced

Secret Gift Exchange! Read more about it HERE or sign up HERE.

I am also always on the lookout for more staff recipes!

Do not hesitate to email tyler@peerwa.org to submit any of yours. 

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

Quick Links & Stories

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Perfect Pumpkin

Try this new pumpkin pie

recipe from Claire Saffitz

this season.

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Staff Interview

Heather Hinds!

Heather Hinds!

Heather Hinds!

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Secret Bucket

Learn about this year's

internal secret gift exchange hosted by Honey Bucket!

 

Important Dates

November 1st/2nd: Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Remember, remember the fifth of November...

November 9th: The final day when you can still sign up for the

Secret Bucket gift exchange. Sign up HERE

November 11th: Veterans Day

November 15th: Clean Your Refrigerator Day

November 25th: Thanksgiving 

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Tune of the Month

Sinnerman - Nina Simone, Sofi Tukker

Renowned musician and civil rights activist, Nina Simone already blends a unique mix of gospel and jazz in her version of "Sinnerman". The way that Sofi Tucker also adds in a healthy dose of house influence really makes for a special treat for the ears. 

Revamping our online group spaces

Our groups are leaving Facebook! Due to a myriad of reasons and troubles that Facebook has provided us; we are transferring all of our group pages onto our websites. This will also help reach our members who do not use Facebook while still providing all of the same benefits. 

Are we fully leaving Facebook?

Absolutely not. This is only for group pages made for a handful of our support groups across all our sites. Our Peer Seattle/Kent/etc pages will still be up and active as ever. 

What are we missing by not using Facebook for our groups?

Practically nothing. Our website is set up with customizable profiles and pages for our groups where we can still post content, have discussions, "like"/react to others' comments; everything relevant that you can do on Facebook, you can now do on our websites. 

What are we gaining?

For one, more privacy for our members. Our user data will not be owned by Facebook. 

For two, members that do not use Facebook. 

For three, we don't have to deal with Facebook! Not only can some find the site triggering or just a waste of time, but we will have more control on the backside of our own websites allowing us to do everything we need to. 

When is this happening?

For Peer Seattle, we are currently transferring our groups over. Peer Seattle will be our "test" before bringing this to our other sites (but expect that to start happening in a matter of weeks). 

I'm worried!

Don't be! Marketing is setting up a brief meeting for Peer Seattle first to go over the basics of this new system. Honestly, it is surprisingly intuitive and is easier to interact with than Facebook. This meeting will also be recorded and made available for anyone wanting more overview. 

In case you missed it...
Peer Seattle's Pumpkins!

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Check out our "swag store" now HERE!

As employees, you will all be given store credit to purchase from the store (you should get an email from Rivet with a link to sign in). If you wish to buy more than the credit allows, you can do that with your personal money. If you buy less than your total credit, your credit will roll over to the next time we have a new company store (and more credit), and you can use it then. 

Can only employees access the store?

No, anyone can! Others just won't have free store credit and will utilize it like any other online store. That said, soon we will have a process set up to award Peer's volunteers with in-store credit they can use to buy our swag (based on their volunteer hours). 

Will the store change?

Yes! Around twice a year, the store will be updated with new items. The most important thing to note with this is that items currently in the store are not guaranteed to be there still the next time we update. So if you see something you really want, it is best to get it before too late. 

Do I have to buy something?

Not at all. If you don't see anything you want, you can always save up your credit for the next store update and use it then. 

Thursday Staff Connections

11/4

11/11

11/18

11/25

JEDI

Conversations about

-diversity's importance

-dismantling racism

-toxic social structures

Show & Tell

Why not? Come show your favorite coworkers something fun and tell some stories

Skribbl.io

Enjoy Pictionary? Join us for the online version and play along with fellow

coworkers

Meet Up

End-of-month general Staff Connections meeting with casual conversation and no rules 

 

October 2021

It's getting spooky out there! 

Scroll down for news about our new company swag, get to know Peer Spokane's

Jessica Wark better, and Bert's awesome speech for Hispanic Heritage Month.

I am also always on the lookout for more staff recipes!

Do not hesitate to email tyler@peerwa.org to submit any of yours. 

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

I really do check this, no one has posted anything in a long time :( I'm so alone

Quick Links & Stories

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Brian's Blueberries

How, exactly, do you make an Easy Peasy Cheesy

Blueberry Pie?

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Staff Interview

Get to know Peer Spokane's

Covid-19 Care Coordinator Jessica Wark!

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Bert's Speech!

Bert made an outstanding speech for Hispanic Heritage Month worth reading!

 

Important Dates

October 3rd: This is when Aaron Samuels asked me what day it was.

It's October 3rd. 

 

October 10th: World Mental Health Day

October 10th: Josh's 16 year sober anniversary! 

October 11th: Indigenous Peoples' Day - it is beneficial to read the 

arguments (here or here) against the celebration of Columbus Day. 

October 11th: National Coming Out Day

October 28th: Halloween Staff Connections - discuss everything

spooky and show off your Halloween costume/decorations/stories

with your coworkers!

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Tune of the Month

Walk the Night - Skatt Brothers

The Skatt Brothers were a leather-clad disco-rock band formed by Sean Delany (known by many as the "fifth" member of KISS due to his influence and songwriting). "Walk the Night" still makes for a spooky/dancy/campy anthem for things that go bump in the night. 

In case you missed it

Peer Olympia's grand opening included a blessing song from Dennis Jones and family from the Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe!

New Peer Swag!

...is coming soon!

Sometime next week, expect an email from company dog, Rivet, explaining our new store and opening it for everyone to access. As employees, you will all be given store credit to purchase from the store. If you wish to buy more than the credit allows, you can do that with your personal money. If you buy less than your total credit, your credit will roll over to the next time we have a new company store (and more credit), and you can use it then. 

Can only employees access the store?

No, anyone can! Others just won't have free store credit and will utilize it like any other online store. That said, soon we will have a process set up to award Peer's volunteers with in-store credit they can use to buy our swag (based on their volunteer hours). 

Will the store change?

Yes! Around twice a year, the store will be updated with new items. The most important thing to note with this is that items currently in the store are not guaranteed to be there still the next time we update. So if you see something you really want, it is best to get it before too late. 

Do I have to buy something?

Not at all. If you don't see anything you want, you can always save up your credit for the next store update and use it then. 

Thursday Staff Connections

10/7

10/14

10/21

10/28

JEDI

Conversations about

-diversity's importance

-dismantling racism

-toxic social structures

Show & Tell

Why not? Come show your favorite coworkers something fun and tell some stories

Skribbl.io

Enjoy Pictionary? Join us for the online version and play along with fellow

coworkers

Meet Up

End-of-month general Staff Connections meeting with casual conversation and no rules 

 

September 2021

In case you haven't heard, Recovery Day with The Seattle Mariners has been canceled. However, you can still get/order your own Peer WA shirt by following THIS LINK and filling out the form. Feel free to email Kaliyah Pierce if you have any questions. 

I am always on the lookout for more staff recipes!

Do not hesitate to email tyler@peerwa.org to submit any of yours. 

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

Quick Links & Stories

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Staff Photos

If you need a new staff picture, sign up for Peer Washington's photoshoot on Sep 21st.

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Staff Interview

Get to know Peer Seattle's

own Jesse Holcomb!

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Recovery Month

Check out King County Library's curated reading list honoring recovery month 

 

Notes for the photoshoot:

This shoot will happen upstairs at Peer Washington.
1520 Bellevue Ave STE 202, Seattle, WA 98122 

You are welcome to wear what you feel best in and represents you but please follow these tips:


1) Don't wear anything green; the photo will not work well with the green screen backdrop. Even small bits of green in your clothing will throw it off. 


2) Please try and wear contrasting colors to the logo of your location. For example, Peer Kent uses a purple background, so wearing dark purple yourself will not stand out well. 


3) Try to stay away from "branded" clothing or shirts with colorful pictures or images. 

Please be prompt when showing up; we need to move people in and out of the room and not congregate so that we might respect everyone's boundaries and space. COVID protocols do apply, and you will have an opportunity to have photos with and without your mask on. 

Sign up HERE. If you have any questions, please reach out to Rivet. 

Important Dates

September 9th: Happy Birthday Marc Shelffo!

September 11th: Happy Birthday Sharon Holmes!

September 15th: Happy Birthday Michael Robertson!

September 16th: Peer Kent's Open House 4 - 7 pm

September 17th: Peer Olympia's Grand Opening 4 - 7 pm

September 22nd: Fall Equinox

September 28th: Happy Birthday Colette Rapp!

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Tune of the Month

Elton John, Dua Lipa - Cold Heart (PNAU remix)

This latest song out of Elton John and Dua Lipa also includes a mashup from Elton's previous hits "Rocket Man" and "Sacrifice" remixed by PNAU. It's going to be a long, long time until I stop listening to this great tune.

Thursday Staff Connections

9/2

9/9

9/16

9/23

JEDI

Conversations about

-diversity's importance

-dismantling racism

-toxic social structures

Show & Tell

Why not? Come show your favorite coworkers something fun and tell some stories

Skribbl.io

Enjoy Pictionary? Join us for the online version and play along with fellow

coworkers

Meet Up

End-of-month general Staff Connections meeting with casual conversation and no rules 

August 2021

 

I am always on the lookout for more staff recipes!

Do not hesitate to email tyler@peerwa.org to submit any of yours. 

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

Quick Links & Stories

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Staff Recipes

Check out Rivet's new

favorite: tahini smothered charred cabbage

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Staff Interview

Sara "without an H" Graham, where did the H go? Find out in this employee interview

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My Fridge Food

A cute website where you check what leftovers you have in your fridge and it gives you recipes

 

Important Dates

August 7th: Happy Birthday Dan!

August 8th: National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day

August 11th: Start of the Persied Meteor Shower

August 26th: Happy Birthday Charles!

August 30th: Happy Birthday Sarah!

August 31st: Happy Birthday Brian!

September 16th: Peer Kent Open House

September 17th: Peer Olympia Grand Opening

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Kimmy's Kombucha

Kimmy made certain that I highlight her favorite kombucha, Clear Mind, in the newsletter. I'm not sure when I started enjoying the taste of spoiled vinegar...but this is a great mild one to try out!

Tune of the Month

Paul McCartney & Beck - Find My Way

Brand new video and Beck's reimagining of "Find My Way" by Paul McCartney. It is a great song that is meant to keep yourself in a positive mindset despite one's anxieties. 

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Thursday Staff Connections

8/5

8/12

8/19

8/26

JEDI

Conversations about

-diversity's importance

-dismantling racism

-toxic social structures

Show & Tell

Why not? Come show your favorite coworkers something fun and tell some stories

Skribbl.io

Enjoy Pictionary? Join us for the online version and play along with fellow

coworkers

Meet Up

End-of-month general Staff Connections meeting with casual conversation and no rules 

 

July 2021

I am always on the lookout for more staff recipes!

Do not hesitate to email tyler@peerwa.org to submit any of yours. 

Are there any books, movies, shows, or YouTube videos that you found useful/meaningful during your recovery? If so, what were they? Please email your list to andrew@peerseattle.org

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

Quick Links & Stories

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Staff Recipes

Have a seat and beat the heat with this neat sweet-tart treat. Easy to make, easy to eat. 

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Staff Interview

I got the pleasure to chat with 

Charles of Peer Kent and recent

KCDDC team transfer!

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Run/Walk with Pride

Yet another succesful

Run/Walk with Pride thanks to

our amazing Peer Seattle team

 

Stand Up for Mental Health

Enjoy these gems of performances we found by our very own Laurel Lemke and Stephanie Lane.

Important Dates

July 4th: Independence Day

July 11th: Happy Birthday Kimmy!

July 16th: Happy Birthday Shawn!

July 18th: Mandela Day. An international day

celebrating the achievements of Nelson Mandela. 

 

July 24th: National Amelia Earhart Day

July 29th: Happy Birthday Justin!

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Tune of the Month

Daði Freyr – Think About Things

No deeper meaning to this one, folks. I just hope this is something that brings delight to anyone who watches; it sure cheers me up! This song was Iceland's entry into the 2020 Eurovision song contest. 

Thursday Staff Connections

7/1

7/8

7/15

7/22

JEDI

Conversations about

-diversity's importance

-dismantling racism

-toxic social structures

MI

This week we focus on learning and practicing Motivational Interviewing with each other

Skribbl.io

Enjoy Pictionary? Join us for the online version and play along with fellow

coworkers

Meet Up

End-of-month general Staff Connections meeting with casual conversation and no rules 

 

June 2021

 Welcome to Pride Month, June. We are helping celebrate by putting on an online virtual drag show with the cast of Bacon Strip. Expect disco, dancing raccoons, fireballs, and more! Invite your friends to the Facebook event HERE, or check out Peer Seattle's new PRIDE page to sign up for an email reminder for the show. If you miss it live, don't fret, it's also being recorded. 

Also, a big shout out to Liz for finding a problem that needed solving and going through the motions to improve our organization and our sites' amenities. We always want to improve and keep our services and facilities batting above par. 

We are also always on the lookout for more staff recipes!

Do not hesitate to email tyler@peerwa.org to submit any of yours. 

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

Quick Links & Stories

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Staff Recipes

Paula's Fresh Apple Cake recipe coming all the way from her great-grandmother!

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Staff Interview

Who is Julie Hinkemeyer?

Learn more about one of Peer Spokane's Program Managers.

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Peer Seattle Pride

We've teamed up with Baconstrip's drag queens to put on a virtual pride show!

 

Important Dates

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June 6th: Happy Birthday Kaliyah!

June 11th: Happy Birthday Georgia!

June 13th: Happy Birthday Stephanie Lane!

June 14th: Happy Birthday Stephanie Tompkins!

June 19th: JuneteenthCelebrated as the day when

slavery ended in the US.

June 19th: Bacon Strip's pride show "I Will Survive" airing at 8 pm. 

June 20th: Summer Solstice

June 27th: Seattle Pride celebrating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

June 28th: Happy Birthday to both Liz and Marjorie!

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Tune of the Month

Hunger - Florence + The Machine

The dog days may be over but Florence + The Machine remain very relevant; including their musical talent being featured in Disney's new Cruella film. "Hunger" was inspired by Florence Welch's own struggles with her eating disorder and drug addiction. She has recently celebrated seven years of sobriety. 

Thursday Staff Connections

6/3

6/10

6/17

6/24

JEDI

Conversations about

-diversity's importance

-dismantling racism

-toxic social structures

MI

This week we focus on learning and practicing Motivational Interviewing with each other

Skribbl.io

Enjoy Pictionary? Join us for the online version and play along with fellow

coworkers

Meet Up

End-of-month general Staff Connections meeting with casual conversation and no rules 

May 2021

 

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

Quick Links & Stories

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Staff Recipes

Why are recipes off of TikTok so fun? You be the judge on this Pad Thai jammer...

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Staff Interview

Learn more about Peer Seattle's Program Manager some may know as "Pookie".

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JEDI

Our first guest speaker for

JEDI's proposal on May 6th, from 3:00 pm till 4:30 pm. 

Important Dates

May 8th: World Fair Trade Day

May 9th: Mother's Day

May 22nd: Harvey Milk Day

May 30th: Happy Birthday to both Laurel and Tyler! 

May 31st: Memorial Day

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Tune of the Month

Rasputin - Majestic x Boney M.

An even more dancey version of "Rasputin" by Boney M. seemed unlikely but here we are. This colorful video even features Bimini Bon Boulash of Drag Race UK fame who also came out as sober with a history of addiction (CW: filmed in a bar/club setting). That said, I'm still a big fan of the original and its ability to tell a story. I found this version to be another way to enjoy the song back in its fabulous and strange glory. 

April 2021

 

It's springtime for Peer Washington! I've got two announcements right off the bat. One being our new site at Peer Olympia in case you've missed it. Another being our very first speaker working to fulfill JEDI's proposal. This will be a mandatory Zoom meeting for all staff on May 6th. Read more about it and our speaker HERE

If you have feedback regarding what you'd like to see in our newsletter, please submit it HERE.

Quick Links & Stories

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Staff Recipes

Bert found wild success with a feta pasta dish she discovered in a strange place; on TikTok!

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Staff Interview

What do ballroom dancing, the navy, and mullets have in common? Loretta!

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Peer Olympia

In case you missed it, here is Josh's official announcement of the launch for our latest branch.

Important Dates

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April 1st: Special congratulations to Georgia for winning the semi-annual Walla Walla Onion Carving Contest (WWLOLCC)! 

April 10th: Happy Birthday to both Loretta and Sara!

April 11th: Happy Birthday to Cody!

April 13th: Happy Birthday to Wilder!

April 15th: Join us playing Skribbl.io for our Staff Connection meeting!

Learn more about Skribbl.io HERE

April 20th: Volunteer Recognition Day.

April 22nd: Earth Day. Check out these tips on how to celebrate. 

April 29th: Happy Birthday to Julie!

April 30th: Arbor Day. Plant some trees! 

Tune of the Month

beats to relax/study to - Lofi Girl

This month I'm highlighting something a little different; this music stream that thousands listen to every day, worldwide. This modern easy listening station has been going strong for years now despite YouTube's few interferences, the latest being in February of 2020. It's continued popularity has even granted it a worthy meme status.

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