Carl knows what it means to deal with a mental illness. He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in his early 20’s. He has
been able to control and live with his diagnosis through mental health support. Carl now uses his personal experience to help others as
a peer supporter at Wings Support and Recovery.
“I think when I talk to people and I share my experience with them, they seem to have more hope,” Carl explained, “because they know this person is their peer and they are
dealing with the same issues whether it’s substance abuse recovery or a mental health condition.”
Carl said United Way funding for the peer support program allows him and his co-workers to get out in the field and let people know they are not alone.
“It touches my heart knowing that I am really making a difference,” Carl said.
Because of his understanding, Carl offers his clients truly viable opportunities to change their lives. In 2018, more than 4,600 individuals were able to access health care,
often critically needed, through United Way of Union County funded partner agencies like Wings Support and Recovery.