A safe haven

Recovery Zone support group unveils new location

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FRONT PAGE: Recovery Zone members Richard Boner, left, and Pamela Parthemore, right, watch a card trick performed by Dr. David Higgins, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol of Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties executive director, during an open house Friday at the renovated 440 S. St. Paris St. facility. ABOVE: Pete Floyd, left, of National Alliance on Mental Illness of Champaign and Logan Counties, gives Recovery Zone Director Diana Korte a hug. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

A former church has been transformed over the past year into a new activity space and safe haven that will benefit members of a support group for adults with mental illness.

The Recovery Zone’s 440 S. St. Paris St. facility was unveiled to the community Friday during an open house. In upcoming weeks and months, it will continue to be a hub of activity for members through an array of daily activities, including home-cooked lunches, mood and anxiety support groups, art classes, sewing groups, yoga sessions and nutrition classes.

“We do a lot of activities in groups because it’s a good environment for our members,” Director Diana Korte said. “When people are dealing with a mental illness and are at home isolating themselves, it’s only going to get worse. They need to be in a loving and supportive environment to adapt and recover more quickly.”


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