Thrive Update #10

It’s been a whirlwind few months here at Thrive – learning to work through COVID, adjusting our policies and still growing! Today is our One Year Anniversary, the perfect time to update you on where we are!

  • Our 1 Year Anniversary – This is such a big milestone! We made it to 1 year even though a pandemic struck! To celebrate this happy occasion, we are hosting a small outdoor party with Thrive members and their families. As much as we would like to invite you all, safety is our priority. But we do hope to see you at our 2 year anniversary!
     
  • TeleHealth May be a Permanent Way of Therapy – Though some therapists saw a few clients via telehealth before COVID, now all therapists are seeing a large portion of our clients virtually. Will we ever go back to 100% in person? Let’s hope not! The flexibility of virtual can help more people access therapy!
     
  • Growing Members – We have 25 members! We recently gained one member and lost one–our first member to leave. She retired from counseling and though we are thrilled for her, we’re sad to see her go! 
     
  • Dive & Thrives are Back – After a few months of adjusting to life during the pandemic, we are back to hosting monthly events on varied topics. Therapists can participate in person or via Zoom. Here’s our calendar.
     
  • Cotivation/Accountability Group – We are in the middle of a 6-week “Cotivation” (coworking + motivation) group with 8 of our members. We meet weekly for a 2-hour “work sprint” where each participant works hard on their own project. The idea is to keep each other motivated, productive, and accountable! The other benefit is creating community. It has been great to see the offers of help, swapping of phone numbers, and words of encouragement!
     
  • Thrive Summertime Special – We just ran a special encouraging therapists with an existing private practice to move their practice to Thrive. Though we got some interest, moving a practice is a big endeavor due to the difficulty of changing locations with insurance companies: it can take months! We are having more success in helping members launch their private practice (below.)
     
  • Launch Your Private Practice! – Frequently, therapists work at agencies and would love to launch a private practice on the side but they are overwhelmed by all of the steps involved in starting a business. This is where Thrive helps! By providing information, collaboration, and accountability groups, our members are fast tracking the creation of their private practice.

What we are focused on moving forward:

  • Creating a Supervision Program – Locally there is a shortage of therapists who are willing to supervise entry-level clinicians as they work the 3,000 hours required for licensure. This creates a bottle neck and prevents having more licensed clinicians available to the Erie community. Thrive wants to help! We have formed a committee charged with creating a Supervision Program. This will be a win for the community and a win for the experienced clinicians who have wanted to provide supervision but didn’t know how to get their name out into the community. 
     
  • Creating a Launch Your Private Practice Program – We launched the ‘Cotivation/Accountability’ groups (described above) to help members create their private practice in a supportive environment. We’ve learned a lot about their needs and are now creating a program that will help both Thrive members and others in the community to launch a private practice!

We cannot express enough how much your interest in Thrive (and the wonderful community of therapists we have built) means to us!

This is our tenth Thrive update email – if you have missed out on the previous emails, find them HERE!

If you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please email us at ThriveTherapySpace@gmail.com and we will be happy to get back to you.

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!

Thrive Update #9

We started drafting this email in early March and began with this: “We are thrilled to say we are getting into a good rhythm at Thrive!” Then Covid 19 struck and our ‘rhythm’ flew out the window! Wow! March was a month of change for us, as it must have been for you. . .

But it is past time to update you on Thrive Therapy Space, so here goes:

  • We’re Essential Workers – Althought initially unclear, therapists are designated essential under the Governor’s Covid 19 orders. We certainly agree! During a turbulent time, our clients and our community need the mental health services and support we provide more than ever. Though Thrive wasn’t required to close to in-person clients, we made that decision in mid March, as we wanted to do our part to ‘flatten the curve.’

  • Our Fast Switch to TeleHealth – When it was time to stop hosting clients in the space, we switched to TeleHealth. It was a big adjustment, but worthwhile. Now we get to meet our client’s pets and see into their homes (or their cars)!

  • Our Amazing Members – Our membership count is up to 24, and every member brings a different background and a wealth of experience and insights. We are fortunate that they joined Thrive and believe in the value of community, connection, and mutual support.

  • Our 7 Month Anniversary – We celebrated our 7-month anniversary on April 3rd! Time has gone by so quickly!

  • 5 Stylin’ Therapy Rooms – Our 5th therapy room recently received a makeover, (thanks to Ayrn’s dreamy interior design skills) and now is just as stylin’ and professional as the other rooms.

  • Dive & Thrive Events – We’ve been offering about 2 Dive & Thrives per month, and recently transitioned to offering them via Zoom. Our goal is to offer topics that most help our members as therapists, business owners, and humans. We especially love when our members present in their area of expertise to other members and Erie’s therapy community!

Here’s what we’re working on now:

  • Wearing Masks – Yes, we’re required to wear masks but it will take some time to get used to this new way of being!

  • Resuming Limited In-person Sessions – Starting Monday (4/27) some of our therapists will resume seeing a few clients in person, depending on client need.

  • Dive & Thrive Events – We’re always looking for new topics or speakers for these events. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, please let us know by emailing Penny at ThriveTherapySpace@gmail.com.

  • Life Coaching – We welcomed a member who does Life Coaching rather than psychotherapy and we feel this will provide additional options for those who look to Thrive for professional help.

  • Therapist List – We have created a list of therapists (and life coaches) practicing at Thrive. You can view it here. If you are looking for a therapist or coach, please think of us! All therapists/coaches can be contacted directly with any questions or to book an appointment.

We cannot express enough how much your interest in Thrive (and the wonderful community of therapists we are building) means to us!

This is our ninth Thrive update email – if you have missed out on the previous emails, find them HEREIf you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please email us at ThriveTherapySpace@gmail.com.

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!

Thrive Update #8

Good Morning!

We are thrilled to be able to say that we are getting into a good rhythm at Thrive!

  • We’re Up to 21 Members! – Thank you to each and every one of you! We have so many great members who are continuing to get to know each other, collaborate, learn and transform Thrive into a welcoming community. 
     
  • Now With 5 Therapy Rooms! – All of our therapy rooms are now furnished and hosting therapists. It was fun to get the 4th and 5th rooms ready (thanks in large part to our recent members who brought along their office furniture).  A super exciting new development: at times on Tuesdays, all 5 rooms are in use at once!! Woo hoo!!
     
  • Calendar of Events – Some of our events like the Share, Support, Consult have been a great addition to our community. The Bagel Breakfast (Members Monthly Hangout Time) was a lot of fun this month too! See the picture below! 
  • Penny’s Blog – Penny has put into words why she started Thrive. Read “Why Did I Start a CoWorking Space for Therapists?” and learn a little more about who we are and what we do!
     
  • Online Application – Our website now has an online application where therapists interested in joining Thrive can apply. We have had two applications come in and one new member because of it! We have also finalized an official application and on-boarding process for New Members. 

Here’s what we are working on now:

  • Dive & Thrive Events – We are continuing to work on a calendar of Dive & Thrive events (like Lunch & Learns) for our members and the whole Erie therapist community. If you have any suggestions or would like to be one of our Dive & Thrive speakers, please get in touch with Penny. 
     
  • CEU Events – Although we selected and offered several CEUs in November & December, we did not gain much interest. We are now working on a new line up of these great training events and will hopefully gain more interest in the new year. As with the Dive & Thrive events, if you have any suggestions or interest about a particular topic of CEU please let Penny know!
     
  • Setting a Routine – As we continue to grow and learn we are trying to create procedures and routines to help streamline everything we do. From creating an application for new members to setting goals for ourselves and for Thrive!

We cannot express enough how much your interest in Thrive (and the wonderful community of therapists we are building) means to us! This is our eighth Thrive update – if you have missed out on the previous updates, find them HERE!

If you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please get in touch!

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!

Why Did I Start a CoWorking Space for Therapists?

Being a therapist has some intrinsic difficulties–helping clients with life’s hardship and pain, trying to balance clients’ needs against our own, and often feeling isolated and unsupported professionally. My biggest goal in launching Thrive Therapy Space is to help these helpers by providing a rich and nurturing environment. And what are the two biggest ingredients in a healthy environment? I am convinced the ingredients are connection and community. Indeed, research supports that loneliness and disconnection have severe negative impacts on an individual’s mental and physical health. 

My journey to this belief in the power of community and connection began after college, when I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. I saw that the volunteers who were the happiest were the ones who had made friends with Malians and had become an accepted part of the community where they lived and worked. I also observed that the volunteers who felt isolated also felt depressed. But I noticed more than just the volunteers–the Malians themselves seemed happier than most of the Americans I knew back home, despite having far less in terms of material goods, access to medical care, and basic nutritional needs. Looking back, I understand that what the Malian villagers did have were deep connections to each other and a social structure that prioritized those connections. Illustrating this is each country’s approach to greeting others: in the US, we greet each other with a passing ‘hi,’ in Mali the basic greetings take five minutes and involve inquiries as to the well being of each member of a person’s extended family!  

Years after my Peace Corps experience, the value of community and connection became deeply personal when my husband and I moved to Switzerland with our three young children.  As someone who doesn’t tend towards depression, I found myself feeling isolated and depressed after several months of living there. Though I’m normally good at making friends, the Swiss are very reserved so building friendships was s-l-o-w. My sense of isolation was precisely a lack of both connection and community–but once those things developed, the depressive feelings lifted.

Even as a child I connected easily with people–I was instinctively good at listening, not judging, and sharing deeply with the people I trusted. I didn’t realize I had hit on the formula for deep connection, but I had. At age 40 I recognized I wanted to connect with people professionally (I had been working in the computer field) so I started on a Master’s in Counseling. 

In my subsequent years as a therapist, I’ve loved connecting with my clients individually and it seems helpful to them to feel connected to me–but it wasn’t until I worked in the Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease that I saw the incredible healing power of deep connection within a group. As part of my training, I read extensive research (conducted both in the US and abroad) and was surprised to learn that isolation “can increase the risk of death by at least 50%… That’s similar to the risk caused by smoking, and higher than [the risk] from obesity or lack of exercise.” (WebMD, Forbes.com) As the ‘Group Support Facilitator’ in the Ornish program, my role was to help the participants learn to listen more intently and to share more deeply, helping them to heal emotionally, to connect more profoundly and to reverse their heart disease. 

I’ve since worked with many other therapy groups and witnessed how people feel better about LIFE when they feel connected and supported. And I lived that truth in the group of therapists I shared space with for the past 10 years–we met weekly for lunch and to support each other personally and professionally. And we invited the broader community of therapists in weekly for peer supervision. It’s an awesome feeling–to be known and accepted and supported both personally and professionally. It created a sense of calm in me and a feeling of self confidence that hadn’t been present before. 

I began to wonder: How can I help more people understand and experience the healing nature of community and connection? And what about my fellow therapists? They give so much but often feel unsupported and isolated. As I began exploring the concept of creating a supportive community for psychotherapists, it became clear to me that this could be a powerful way to support individual therapists and ultimately improve the delivery of mental health services in the entire region. And because I was already familiar with Radius CoWork (an established coworking space here in Erie, PA), I realized the coworking model could be perfect: shared space, shared community and shared learning. Though applying the coworking model to a group of psychotherapists is very new, it has great promise and I believe that soon other communities will want to copy Thrive’s unique model. 

Thrive opened just 3 months ago, so there’s still lots to do! But we’ve gotten a solid start on the most fundamental part of our mission–to “create a supportive and nurturing environment in which local therapists can heal, grow and thrive.”

So, send your therapist friends our way and we will welcome them into our community. And send clients our way because our therapists are the healthiest therapists around!

Here’s Thrive’s entire mission, to help you understand what we’re really about.

Our mission is to:
– Create a supportive and nurturing environment in which local therapists can heal, grow, and thrive
– Enrich the mental health of the Erie community
– Have fun together
– Facilitate therapists’ entry into private practice
– Promote and support professional growth
– Promote and support self care and healthy boundaries
– Collaborate in solving local problems
– Be respected by the individuals, companies and organizations in our region

Thrive Update #7

Welcome to our 7th Update!

SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED!

  • Founding Members – We have a GREAT group of 18 Founding Members!! See their photos and info here: https://thrivetherapyspace.com/members/ 
     
  • Founding Member Prices end October 31st. Reach out to Penny (814-746-4307) if you want to learn more!
     
  • Grand Opening Celebration – Our Grand Opening was a success! We had members, friends, family, strangers and some media in attendance to check out the space, meet each other, and share some food & drink. The Chamber of Commerce (Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership) helped us to have an official Ribbon Cutting! All in all, it was a GREAT evening and we were THRILLED to have 80+ people in the space. 

Here is a glimpse of the big event! You can see more here!

  • Thank You to our Sponsors – A big THANK YOU to Radius CoWork and PostNet Erie for sponsoring our Grand Opening! We are fortunate to have supporters like you!
     
  • Thank You to our Members – Thanks go to our fantastic members who helped provide desserts, set up and clean up for the Grand Opening. 
     
  • LORD Wellness Fair – Thrive attended LORD Corporation’s Wellness Fair on October 15th. We were invited by LORD’s wellness committee, as they want to emphasize mental health in addition to physical health.
     
  • On the Radio – Penny was recently interviewed by WQLN’s Tom Pysz for an upcoming episode for “We Question And Learn.” We’ll include a link to the interview in our next Update!

Here’s what we are working on now:

  • GoFundMe – We have created a GoFundMe campaign for Thrive, though we haven’t yet made a big splashy Launch. We are hoping to work with one of the local universities (so students get experience and we get help). Funds will help us make some improvements to the space including furnishing our last office, installing outlets in the Gathering Space and improving our Kitchenette. If you want to learn more or want to share with your friends & family, please do!
     
  • Practicing Therapists Lookup – To make referrals easier, we have created a spreadsheet showing (for each therapist) their preferred client ages, practice areas and insurances accepted. Please use it for referrals, or share it with other therapists you know! The easiest way to find the spreadsheet is from the Our Therapists page: https://thrivetherapyspace.com/our-therapists/ .
     
  • Growing and Shifting – We are still very new and learning so much each day. As we continue to figure out what works best and what makes sense we will be making changes to the website, the space and the way Thrive is run. 
     
  • New Members – Our community is still growing! Though we have been approached by speech therapists and others inquiring about joining Thrive, we have decided to keep our focus on mental health therapists. It’s what we know and it’s the focus of our Thrive & Dives, CEUs, etc. 

We cannot express enough how much your interest in Thrive (and the wonderful community of therapists we are building) means to us! This is our seventh Thrive update – if you have missed out on the previous updates, find them HERE!

If you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please get in touch!

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!

Erie Wellness Night

We are excited to have participated in the Erie Wellness Network’s Wellness Night! It was a great evening of wellness practitioners, good friends, and most importantly – new faces at Thrive!

Although we registered to host at Thrive just days before the deadline, there were still several practitioners looking for a location! We were fortunate to be able to partner with them and use Thrive as a gathering place. We were happy to welcome Purrista Cat Cafe, Mindfulness with a Purpose, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Single Mom Life and Wellness 360. Thank you all for a great night and sharing your knowledge with us!

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Thrive was created as a facilitator to enhance Erie’s mental health practitioner community – to give us all a support system, a learning network and room to grow professionally – in addition to providing a location to see clients and host events. While this is still our main focus, we also want to be contributing to the whole of the Erie Community – other wellness practitioners, our referral network, our client network AND every other person in the community. As our founder once said, “Thriving therapist help their clients to thrive, and thriving individuals help their community to thrive.”

Thrive Update #6

Good Afternoon!

IT’S FINALLY HERE: We LAUNCH on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019!
WOW, we’re thrilled! SO MANY people and organizations have helped us and we appreciate every bit of help we’ve received.

And, we’re planning a PARTY!!! Our GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION will be Friday, October 11th, 2019 from 4:30-6:30pm. Please join us for this happy event!

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • Founding Members – Thank you to our 13 Founding Members for believing in our vision! Everyone is listed on our website! It’s not too late to be a Founding Member and to receive our discounted membership
     
  • $$$ – We’re using STRIPE to collect the monthly membership dues and it’s working!! It was THRILLING last week to have money coming in to Thrive’s bank account! Wooo hooo!
     
  • Website – Our website is up and running! Thank you, Eliza Porter, for going in with little experience and producing a beautiful and functional site. Please check it out HERE!
     
  • Behind the scenes – We finalized the member agreement (contract), purchased business insurance, and started using TEAMUP to book therapy rooms at Thrive.
     
  • Saving $$ – We’re launching Thrive on a budget. Our founder and her husband kicked in some startup funds and decided against taking out a loan. Though the furniture is gently used, we don’t have a large monthly loan payment to burden the cash flow. Plus, members have donated time, furniture and other supplies to help us get ready!
     
  • Furnishing, Decorating and Work Parties – The offices have been cleaned, furnished, decorated and beautified for our members! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO OUR WORK PARTIES!!! 

Here’s what we’re working on now:

  • More Founding Members – There’s still space for more Founding Members. Tell your therapist friends about Thrive!
  • Crowdfunding Effort – We’ve initiated work with the Idea Fund of Erie & QuickStarters through Mercyhurst University to plan and implement a crowdfunding strategy! Stay tuned for our launch (expected to be in the next month or so) and be a part of the ‘coworking for therapists’ movement in Erie!
  • Grand Opening Celebration – Mark your calendar for Friday, October 11, 2019 from 4:30-6:30pm. Although we are officially opening our doors next week, we’re taking our time to spread the word and plan a celebratory event! We hope you (and your friends & family) will join us to celebrate the beginning of a great asset to the Erie community!
  • Sponsorship Opportunity – We’ll be looking for a few businesses to sponsor our Grand Opening Celebration. Contact Penny at (814) 746-4307 if you’d like to sponsor. 
  • Clients – On our first day of business (next Tuesday!) we will be seeing clients at Thrive! If you are looking for a Therapist to see, check out our practicing therapists HERE!

We cannot express enough how much your interest in Thrive (and the wonderful community of therapists we are building) means to us! This is our sixth Thrive update – if you have missed out on the previous updates, find them HERE!

If you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please get in touch with Penny at ThriveTherapySpace@gmail.com.

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!

Thrive Update #5

THANKS for your interest in Thrive Therapy Space! GREAT NEWS! We’re planning to open for business on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019!!

We’ve accomplished so much since our last update:

  • Location – WE HAVE A LOCATION! We are pleased to announce that we signed a lease and will be located in the beautiful Forest Hills Commons at 3910 Caughey Rd, Suite 120, near McDowell High School. We’re thrilled to have a landlord who is startup-friendly and very supportive.
  • Founding Members – We have a great group of founding members established and are so thankful for their support at the beginning of this venture. We still have room for additional Founding Members!
  • Logo – Gannon’s SBDC created our amazing logo! We’re so pleased! (Have a look at the top of this email!)
Happening Now and Happening Soon:
  • Friday June 19th–Founding Members Gathering – Founding Members will meet at our new location on Friday, July 19th from 4:00pm to 6:30pm to meet other founding members, tour the space, and brainstorm our mission statement! (3910 Caughey Rd, Suite 120) 
  • Also Friday June 19th–Meet the Founding Members – Calling all therapists who are considering joining Thrive. Come take a look! And meet the Founding Members who have already made their decision. Join us on Friday, July 19th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Thrive. (3910 Caughey Rd, Suite 120)
  • Founding Members – There’s still space for more Founding Members. Tell your therapist friends about Thrive!
  • Crowdfunding Effort – Still in the planning stages, we hope to raise money to help us furnish Thrive without creating debt!! And you are on our list! We hope you’ll help us purchase a chair or a shelf or a soothing decoration.
  • Furnishing Thrive – We’re trying to keep our startup costs low! Therapists and Friends are donating furniture, and we’ll head to Ikea soon. Plus, some of us are having FUN decorating!!
  • Behind the Scenes – Researching and writing a member contract, code of conduct, anti harassment policy. Researching coworking space software and much more! (not quite as fun as the decorating. . .)
  • Construction – Thankfully, the space just needs minor construction and the work has begun.
  • Website – The Gannon SBDC is designing a new website! We hope to have it completed and ready to launch soon!
  • Work Sprint – Therapists please join us on August 9th – National Coworking Day! – from 3:00pm to 5:00pm for a work sprint at Thrive! (3910 Caughey Rd, Suite 120)
  • Members Party – August 16th: We’ll gather Thrive’s founding members again, share food and drink, and continue building Thrive’s community. Of course we will welcome other interested therapists. More information to follow.
  • Opening Day – Thrive will open its doors for our first day of business after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 3rd! Until then, we are working hard to get the offices painted, furnished and decorated to be a welcoming space for all!

Are you moved to help? If so, please:

  • forward this update to any therapist you know
  • tell everyone about how cool Thrive Therapy Space is!

Thank you for taking an interest in Thrive Therapy Space and the wonderful community of therapists we are building.

This is our fifth Thrive update – if you have missed out on the previous updates, find them HERE!

If you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please get in touch with Penny at ThriveTherapySpace@gmail.com.

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!

Thrive Update #4

Welcome to our 4th Update! We’ve been very busy! Here’s what we’ve done in the past few weeks:

  • Survey Results – Over 40 responses to the survey we sent out! Responses were from psychologists, as well as LMFTs, LPCs, LCSWs, and LSWs. 100% feel Erie would benefit by having a more developed community of therapists. The responses are helping us with Pricing, the Downtown vs Millcreek decision, and the favorite Lunch & Learn topics!
  • Founding Members – Several therapists have verbally committed to being founding members of Thrive! We are so pleased to have their support and to be working with them, plus they get a lower rate! We have room for more Founding Members – if you are interested, please get in touch with Penny Mechley-Porter asap!
  • Location – We love the suite we found at Modern Tool! We’re pursuing quotes from architects and contractors to rebuild a portion of the space, (BUT we still have our eyes open for other suites), in case the rebuild at Modern Tool is ultimately too expensive.  

Our focus in the coming weeks:

  • Logo & Website – Coming soon: the official Thrive Therapy Space logo, a new website, and expanded social media! Thank you Gannon SBDC for your amazing work. 
  • Growing Community – PLEASE JOIN US!!!Calling all interested psychotherapists for our FINAL general information sessions at Radius Co.Work (1001 State Street, 9th floor):
    • Friday June 7th – 5pm to 7pm
    • Saturday June 8th – 10am to 12pm
  • Location Decisions – Will the Modern Tool Suite ultimately be within our budget (it requires a build-out)? Or will we end up at a different, ready-to-go suite? Stay Tuned!
  • Seeking Founding Members – We’ve had a great deal of interest from local therapists, now it’s time to change the interest into commitments! 
    • Will you become a Founding Community Member? With access to the Therapist Community Room, a GREAT community, case consultations, Lunch & Learns, discounted CEUs and more.
    • Or, possibly, a Founding Therapy Office Member?  Includes Founding Community Member benefits plus access to the Therapy Offices so you can practice at Thrive.
  • Signing LOIs – Thrive’s official “Letter of Intent” is ready to be signed by the Founding Members! These Letters of Intent are key to our planning and to any loan we apply for. 
  • Founders Day Event –Coming soon: We’ll gather a group to sign the Letters of Intent, and inaugurate each signer as a Founding Member!
  • Pursuing a Grant – We are working to finalize the Thrive Business Plan to be able to apply for the Erie Flagship Grant of $5,000 that opens on June 1st!

How you can help!

  • Potential Location – Let us know if there’s a suite we should look at: 3 to 5 offices, a waiting room, and a larger space for the Therapist Community Room (hopefully with it’s own entrance). Max of 2,000 sq ft.  
  • Share – Please forward this email to any therapists you know!
  • Discuss Thrive  – Talk about Thrive Therapy Space!!

Thank you for taking an interest in Thrive Therapy Space and the wonderful community of therapists we are building.

This is our fourth Thrive update – if you have missed out on the previous updates, find them HERE!

If you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please get in touch with Penny at ThriveTherapySpace@gmail.com.

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!

Thrive Update #3

Thank you for your interest in Thrive! Here are some highlights from the past few weeks:

  • Strengthening Community – We’ve hosted several “get-to-know Thrive” events and they’ve been a great tool in the development of Thrive! The conversations and feedback are key in our planning, and have prompted great discussions already. Sean Fedorko, tour guide extraordinaire, provided a tour of Radius Co.Work, Erie’s first coworking space. We have more of these events coming up in May (see below).

Check out our first event!

  • Business Planning – Penny continues to meet with Gannon’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). They have been instrumental in looking at the fine details and guiding us through this journey. 
  • Picking a Location – We have signed an Option to Lease for a suite in the Modern Tool building in Downtown Erie. We now have 3 months to work out details and potentially sign a lease. During this time it is key to solidify the core community for Thrive!

What we are working on now:

  • Founding Members – We’re gathering a list of local therapists who want to be Founding Members of Thrive. They’ll get immediate and long term membership discounts, and they’ll have a big voice in Thrive’s development. Let me know if you want to be a Founding Member! 
  • Website Development – Gannon’s SBDC is helping us to create a more professional website (www.ThriveTherapySpace.com) and to develop a logo for Thrive! Stay tuned for those changes!
  • Growing Community – PLEASE JOIN US!!!
    • We have more get-to-know Thrive events scheduled at Radius Co.Work (1001 State Street, 9th floor):
      • Friday May 17th – 5pm to 7pm
      • Saturday May 18th – 10am to 12pm
    • We are also building community for Thrive by hosting Work Sprints every Friday from 1pm to 4pm at Ember+Forge in Downton Erie

For more information about upcoming events, click HERE.

  • Researching Potential Funding Sources – We are still researching two possibilities:
    • Erie’s  $5,000 Flagship Fund grant
    • A low interest loan from the city to help with build out costs
  • Working with a Contractor & Architect – The office space we have tentatively leased has 5 great offices but walls must be moved to create “The Commons” (the therapist community room) and a client waiting room.

Thank you for taking an interest in Thrive Therapy Space and the wonderful community of therapists we are building.

This is our third Thrive update email – if you have missed out on the previous emails, find them HERE!

If you have any questions, or would like to get more information about Thrive, please reply to this email and I will be happy to get back to you.

Remember to Heal, Grow, and Thrive!