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    April 2017 Newsletter

    Making Strides in Mental Health Counseling

    REGIONAL HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENDA PROFILE

    In 2016, 2,570 unduplicated individuals received mental health counseling as a result of grants awarded by Community Memorial Foundation. These grants were given to All Our Children’s Advocacy Center, The Community House, Community Nurse Health Center, Family Shelter Service, Metropolitan Family Services, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Nazareth Academy, Pillars, SamaraCare, and Teen Parent Connection. These organizations provide mental health services to adults, teens and children, including individuals who receive counseling for domestic violence and sexual assault.

    “As a result of our CMF grant, over three thousand clinical hours were provided to residents within the Foundation’s service area,” says Scott Mitchell, President and CEO of SamaraCare Counseling. “These services help to build the resilience of our residents, promoting stronger, healthier communities.”

    For Maria Pesqueira, Executive Director of Mujeres Latinas en Accion and incoming President of Healthy Communities Foundation, funding for Mujeres’s domestic violence and sexual assault programs is crucial. “Nearly 200 Latina women and children received services funded by the CMF grant. Eighty-two percent of children enrolled in therapy showed improvement in self-esteem, negative emotional symptoms or aggressive behavior. These results speak to the important role that our non-profit agencies, in partnership with funders, play in strengthening our community’s behavioral health.”

    Creating stigma-free communities that promote good mental and behavioral health and treat those in need is a Priority of the Regional Health and Human Services Agenda. Read more here.

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    2017 Leadership Institute & RFP Opportunity

    In 2017, Community Memorial Foundation will continue to strengthen organizations and maximize mission through a series of workshops facilitated by nationally-recognized thought leaders. All workshops will be held in May and will offer training for board members and executive directors in four key organizational development areas: fiscal management, governance, leadership development and fund development. Please click here for a complete list of offerings, including dates, locations, and registration information.

    Organizations that attend one or more workshops are eligible to submit a Nonprofit Capacity Building request for proposal (RFP) that addresses a particular issue within one of the four key organizational development areas. Community Memorial Foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 to 25 organizations. For more information on the Nonprofit Capacity Building RFP, please click here.

    Questions? Contact Tom Fuechtmann or call 630.654.4729.

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