Exotic Animals in Rhode Island

If you are wondering what type of fun trips Common Ground might take for after hours activities, look no further than last Friday’s trip to Pure Paradise Pets in Johnston, RI. On the trip, we also ate at a great Chinese Restaurant and stopped in Old Saybrook on the way home to get a glimpse from the road of a scary house. This was not just any house, however. The house was the setting for a famous “B Movie,” called “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death. The following Thursday, for after hours activity, Mike and the gang watched the movie, along with the newer movie, “Pixels.”

The reason for the trip to the exotic pet store in Rhode Island, besides just being fun, was to give the leaders of our science unit a chance to learn about different animals and gather some new ideas to bring back to the group that they teach once a week, Wednesdays at 11 AM. Be sure to stop in and learn from the group, as their classes are always well received by participants.



Two Members Accepted into Recovery University

We are very proud to announce that two of our bright Young Adults are doing extremely well in Advocacy Unlimited’s Recovery University. This round, despite being all the way in Torrington, more people were denied than were accepted. Being a part of this class is truly an honor. It is the only way to become an official Recovery Support Specialist, a designation needed to be hired in peer support positions funded by DMHAS.

Both young men are extremely happy for the opportunity and the other Common Ground members are very happy for them.

New Common Ground Schedule


There have been some exciting changes to the Common Ground Schedule.

Rosetta Stone has been replaced by Multicultural Education, which will still be run by Tammie. This class will aim to educate participants in cultures from around the world.

Art Expression has moved to Mondays.

The new Health Action Plan (HAP) Group will be on Tuesdays AND Thursdays. This group is peer led, by Alan and Deb, who are both trained in WRAP facilitation. The group will have two parts, the first being WRAP. Once the complete WRAP Training is complete, Advance Directives will be offered to those interested. Neither is mandatory, and they will alternate as far as when they are offered during the HAP timeslot.

Art Therapy and Mindfulness is a new group that will be facilitated by Diane.

Wellness has moved to Thursdays at 10 AM.

Working Thru Recovery has moved to Thursdays at 11 AM.

OT Task Group will have two morning classes on Friday, and only one on Mondays and Wednesdays.

*Please let staff know if you have any questions.

YASBIZ Event at Dave & Busters

Since 2010, InterCommunity Young Adults has been hosting at least one event per year, sometimes more, that promote networking and professional development in young people from around the state. This past Tuesday, January 26, people from around the state came out in droves to meet like-minded, entrepreneurial people and to have fun with their new colleagues. More than 100 people were in attendance.


The event started with a scavenger hunt, which was created by the staff and members of Common Ground and InterCommunity’s new Young Adult Services Program. Both first and second prize in this event were won by teams made up of young adults from our friends at Capital Region in Hartford. Lunch was a big hit and during the meal, Carlos and Joe, the two organizers of the event, passed out game cards to everyone in attendance. These cards were good for unlimited game play until midnight! Carlos was the only person who stayed past 4:30 PM, since the excitement of the day undoubtedly had the other 100+ participants ready for an early bed time.


We would like to thank everyone for their support by attending the event. We would also like to thank the others who were instrumental in helping to organize the festivities, judge the scavenger hunt, and with ensuring everyone was having a good time. Lastly, and most importantly, thank you to Carlos and Joe for their hard work to create a truly special experience for so many. An experience that is sure to be remembered fondly for years to come.


After Hours Activities for February

Join us in February for one of these exciting after hours activities. There is a cut-off of ten people for each activity, as there will likely be 2 staff in the 12 passenger van. Remember that all activities are first come, first served, and attendees must be active members of Common Ground. Each activity leaves from 991 Main Street (Common Ground) at the time listed for each activity. See staff for details/questions.


Friday 2/5 at 2:30 PM  |  Trip to Golden Corral in Springfield with Anthony (Bring $20)

Tuesday 2/9 at 1:30 PM  |  Trip to Chinese Buffet and Movie with Tammie (Bring $20)

Friday 2/19 at 3:00 PM  |   Trip to Meriden Mall and All Pets Club with Anthony (Free, but will need money for food court)

Tuesday 2/23 at 3:30 PM  |  In House Movie or Mall (your choice) with Mike (Free)

Welcome to the Common Pulse Blog

Hello everyone! I think it is long overdue for a group as successful and persistent as Common Ground to finally make their own blog. Our vision is to have a convenient place to share exciting developments, upcoming events, and opinion-based work completed by any interested Common Ground Learning Center participants. We hope that this site will keep people informed, especially those members who may not be able to be with us on a regular basis for whatever reason. We also hope that our upcoming events and blog posts might be the gentle push they need to get them involved in something productive or at least brighten their day, respectively.

Over time, we hope that this blog will grow to embody the voice of a larger population. Common Ground itself has grown to have a statewide, even multi-state presence, and it is our hope that this might continue to flourish through our blog.

We look forward to continuing the conversation.


Anthony Pierlioni

Social Rehabilitation and Young Adult Services Manager

Common Ground