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Ryan Schweiger, Certified Peer Specialist for Penn Foundation, Receives Recovery and Resiliency Award from Montgomery County

Jane Straw and Ryan SchweigerRyan 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 says. “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, speaks 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 says. “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.

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