Life Exchange Center (LEC) is a peer-run, consumer-driven support program that offers peer support, advocacy, and education to empower mental health consumers to take part in their recovery process. Its primary purpose is to provide opportunities for members to interact in a supported environment where the principles of self-determination, advocacy and empowerment are encouraged within the program day. lec programs originate and are facilitated by the peer support staff, who share common issues and needs with the consumers. lec programs include Ged classes and educational activities, life skills training, computer classes, art, social and recreational activities, and an advocacy service. The programs are designed to promote socialization, wellness, self-confidence, self-advocacy, expansion of support systems, and assimilation back into the community. The goal is to empower mental health consumers to live as independently as possible.