Old Friends, New Directions
Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., (AHP) has newly acquired WRAP (see Mary Ellen’s Reflections, Part IV), but we have a long history with Mary Ellen, with WRAP, and with recovery. Over the next several weeks, we will introduce you to some AHP staff for whom WRAP has been instrumental to their personal and professional growth. We begin with reflections from Laurie Curtis, a long-time collaborator and friend of Mary Ellen’s.
Mary Ellen Copeland will be the first person to tell you that she didn’t create WRAP and it doesn’t belong to her. WRAP was first developed by those hardy souls who gathered in 1997 in the middle of a Vermont winter. WRAP belongs to these pioneers, and it belongs to all of you—the hardy souls who use WRAP to help live every day with good health, integrity, and a sense of purpose.
I’ve known Mary Ellen for more than 25 years. We both live in Vermont, where we share a passion for gardening, lived experience with mental health recovery, and a dedication to helping people find ways to move forward with their lives.
by Mary Ellen Copeland
You and I have been on a journey, not just the past four weeks but for more than three decades. Our journey of recovery has traversed valleys of despair and taken us atop hillsides of hope. There have been unpleasant detours and unexpected surprises. There have been laughter and tears. And now I've come to a fork in the road.
I turn 75 this year. I have children and grandchildren who need me, and I am humored to be their port in a storm. My husband and I need more time to relax and smell the roses.
In life there comes a time to strike out on your own and a time to ask for help. Recognizing that I needed help developing a curriculum for my forthcoming book on WRAP and Peer Support, I turned to Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) Inc. Their very name ...
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