Peggy and John Templeman, Sr.

at the National Arboretum, Washington, DC.


  "My message to the world is that mental illness can  affect anyone at any age and at any time.There is no shame in having this condition, unless you don't seek help. Help is available."



Peggy Thomas Templeman, a native Washingtonian, attended public schools in DC.  She graduated from Dunbar Senior High School as a member of the National Honor Society and continued her studies at Fisk University in Nashville, TN. Upon fulfilling the requirements, a minor in biology and a major in psychology, she was awarded a degree of bachelor of arts (B.A.). After working in various jobs, Peggy Templeman served as a public assistance social worker. In this position, she became increasingly motivated to learn more about human behavior and was desirous of more effectively serving others.

She was awarded a stipend by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and pursued courses at the Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, DC. She received a master’s in social work (M.S.W.) and later earned continuing education units (CEUs) through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The author also pursued other course work at various local institutions of higher learning.

As a result of her experiences in clinical depression and of her recovery, Mrs. Templeman founded two mental health organizations, namely New Awareness, Inc. and later the Comprehensive Center for Renewal, Inc. (CCRI). Both were established as private, not-for-profit, outpatient agencies. After experiencing a “calling” she began writing her spiritual autobiography, I Bear A Cross: Coming Into Oneness with God.  It took 9 years for her to complete this “Divine Assignment” which was first published in 2003.

Because of her service to the community and the publication of her book, Peggy Templeman was the requested presenter and/or moderator at several workshops at annual conferences of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She was the featured speaker at a workshop for the NASW, DC Chapter. She has been recognized for her achievements by the NAMI-DC chapter. In addition, Mrs. Templeman was honored by the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), headquartered in Washington, DC. This nonprofit organization was co-founded by Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint--widely known personalities. NVLP ensures the preservation of the valuable legacy of African American visionaries whose lifetime achievements have impacted national and local communities. This author has made other presentations and participated in book signings within and outside of the DC metropolitan area.

Although retired, Mrs. Templeman maintains membership in the NASW, Academy of Certified Social Workers (A.C.S.W.). She currently is implementing her expanded vision of quality services to be offered by CCRI.  She resides with her husband, John W. Templeman, Sr., in Washington, DC. They are the blessed parents of two children and grandparents of three.