We support individuals on their journey to mental wellness by providing a safe and welcoming community. Members are treated with dignity and respect. Those who work at TMWC have a deep understanding of what members are going through and are here to provide emotional support, education, and advocacy.
TMWC offers opportunities to socialize, receive support, obtain mental health and wellness education, engage in meaningful activities, and have fun. Through education and advocacy, TMWC seeks to provide opportunities for members to improve their quality of life, give back to the community, and change the perceptions of mental health. TMWC exists to offer hope and encouragement through the power of peer support to those who live with mental illness.
Do you or someone you know want to become a member of the Thomas M. Wernert Center? We would welcome you to our campus where you can participate in the many programs, services, and activities we have to offer.
Criteria for membership include:
18 years of age or older
Must live in Lucas County, Ohio
Have a diagnosed mental illness and are receiving mental health services
Be ready to begin or expand your mental health recovery
The Thomas M. Wernert Center is proud to offer a warm and inviting community for adults living with mental illness and other life challenges.
As a member, you’ll receive peer-to-peer emotional support, opportunities to socialize and make friends, and a variety of education, wellness, and enrichment activities. We offer a unique perspective to our members that you won’t find in a clinical setting. Members engage in peer relationships based on mutual sharing of lived experience as well as success stories that foster hope, build confidence, and enhance their daily lives. You can choose the individualized activities and resources that work best for you and your situation
Our staff help members on their journey toward mental health recovery and wellness through peer-to-peer programs. Who knows better what you’re feeling than those of us who have lived experience with mental illness and recovery. Our certified peer supporters provide members with hope, encouragement, and support.
Members can choose from a wide array of educational, support, and recreational options based on their interests and needs, including:
Please check the current calendar for days and times. All meetings are one hour. Attendance can be in-person or virtual, online or by telephone.
The Thomas M. Wernert Center offers van or mini bus transportation to its members who attend classes and activities. Members who use TMWC transportation are limited to no more than three rides each week so that others may have the opportunity to attend.
Members must contact the transportation office 24-hours in advance of each ride, both coming to TMWC and returning. (Subject to change due to special circumstancces.)
To schedule transportation, contact 419-242-3000, ext. 101.
Requests may be left on voicemail.
If you do not follow these Guidelines while riding in a TMWC vehicle, your vehicle privileges may stop and TMWC Member Restriction & Suspension Policy will be implemented.
Other Forms of Transportation
We are a type of community center that provides support and recovery services for people living with mental illness. We are certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services as a Consumer/Peer Operated Service. This certification means that as your peers, we have been where you are and know first-hand the challenges of living with mental health recovery and wellness.
The TMWC does not provide clinical services. We do not have physicians, counselors, or clinicians available at TMWC.
You must be in the Lucas County mental health system and have a mental health diagnoses in order to attend TMWC.
No. There are other agencies with the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services area that provide substance abuse help. Please ask a Peer Supporter for the names of those agencies or refer elsewhere in this handbook.
There is a nominal $5 membership fee; however, we do not turn away anyone who qualifies to be a member.
No. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Yes, if it would help you to feel more at ease.
We do not allow children. You must be 18 or older to attend.
The Thomas M. Wernert Center is the only program and facility of its kind located in Lucas County
Although we have many seniors who attend our programs, we are not a senior’s only community center. Our members range in age.
We are not currently open on weekends. Our hours change due to many factors, including weather, holidays, or a pandemic. Please always check the calendar or call ahead before arriving at the TMWC.
Yes. We provide transportation at no cost for those in need. Please discuss with a peer supporter the available options.
No. We do have vending machines, but we do not serve a daily lunch. We sometimes serve lunch as part of a special program. Please check the calendar or newsletter for any type of program where we will be serving lunch
Developmental Disabilities are chronic conditions that appear at birth or in childhood, usually before age 22.
Mental illness affects mood, thought processes or behavior and can happen to anyone at any time in their life. Mental illnesses are treatable.
No. TMWC has a ‘no pets’ policy. TMWC follows the guidelines set forth by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) to accommodate any member’s service animal. Emotional support, comfort, companionship, or in-training service animals are not considered to be “service animals.” (attach policy)
Yes. There are a number of reasons you may be asked to leave the TMWC. Many are outlined in this handbook. Some reasons include bullying someone, smoking, using profanity, stealing, disrespecting, or harassing others. It is also not acceptable to hit, grab, or touch someone. Be sure to review this entire handbook so that you are aware of what is expected of you as a member of the TMWC.