our unique journeys

Hope and Recovery

Stompers Holding Hands

Born: December 18, 2015

Purpose: Hope and Recovery remind us that mental illness does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any age.

Current Location: The Meadows Psychiatric Center, 132 The Meadows Lane, Centre Hall, PA 16828

Created by:  The Meadows staff and participants in collaboration with Marisa Vicere and Nancy Vicere

Sponsored by: The Meadows

“Recovery and Hope”

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” – Brene Brown

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate

Meet our first parent/child Stomper duo! They remind us that mental illness does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any age. According to NAMI, each year one in five adults and one in five children in the United States have mental health issues that affect the way they live, laugh, love and play.

Exploring gratitude, bravery, and recovery

Through a series of discussions, educational videos, and activities, participants in the Meadows Stomper Project explored inspiration, gratitude, bravery, and recovery resulting in the creation of their two Stompers.

Recovery and Hope

The Meadows staff and participants named the Stompers “Recovery” and “Hope.” The adult Stomper, “Recovery” reminds us that life is a journey. We are forever growing, learning, and overcoming challenges. The child, “Hope,” reminds us that we need to always hold on to the belief that something good will happen.

—“Recovery” and “Hope” were created and made possible by The Meadows.


Our Discussions:


​“You think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift.” From: Nature, Beauty and Gratitude

Life is short and each day is a gift. Sometimes we get caught up in focusing on the negatives, rather than taking a few moments to appreciate what surrounds us.

To help you appreciate the little things in life, take 5 minutes before bed each night to write down three things you are thankful for. Soon, you will teach your brain to look for the positives at the end of the day, rather than focusing on what could have gone differently.


You matter! Take a few minutes each day to do something to celebrate you.

  • Keep a Journal
  • Do Something You Love
  • Exercise
  • Get Outdoors​
  • Learn Relaxation Techniques
  • Find Balance
  • Be Resilient

Recovery and Hope were made possible through the generous support of The Meadows. These stompers now travel throughout Pennsylvania to help raise awareness.

Our Artists: Chris Bittner, Mark Pilato, Mel Forkner Lesher, Marisa Vicere, Nancy Vicere

Curriculum Development: Marisa Vicere

Our Partners: Brenda Fry, Jessica Davis, Roberta Ream, Ann Wayne


We are Recovery and Hope, a stomper pair created by participants and staff at The Meadows. Recovery reminds us to be forgiving with ourselves, and Hope spreads the message to hold on for things to get better.

Love, Hope and recovery

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Suicide Prevention

There is help. There is hope.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health concern or crisis, please reach out for help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741741

Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Trans Life Line: 1-877-565-8860