2018-04-11 / Opinion

In My Opinion

Kudos to community
BY WIL MORRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sanilac Community Mental Health

Happy Spring Everyone! Today I would like to discuss the fact that we live in a community full of citizens who believe in giving back to the community either by volunteering or opening their hearts, minds, and time to assist our fellow citizens. Throughout my life I have resided in several counties in Michigan and continue to be amazed at the community focus and giving personalities of our citizens here in Sanilac County.

I figured I would take a few minutes to highlight a few of our citizens that have had an impact on the lives of the individuals who receive services thru Sanilac CMH. First of all, every year we recognize a Partner in Recovery who is a citizen nominated by staff for what they have done to assist the individuals we serve with reaching their potential.

This year I am pleased to announce that Pastor David Engle (of the Fellowship Bible Church in Brown City) is our Partner in Recovery. He is a fine example of a citizen in Sanilac County that gives freely of his time and treats everyone with dignity and respect. He has been volunteering here at Sanilac CMH on a weekly basis for a while now. He has been socializing with our individuals, serving hot chocolate and just overall being a positive influence/ example for our individuals. Congrats Pastor Engle! In addition to Pastor Engle we have had numerous community groups come to our Journey Skill Center to do things like crafts, activities, and generally socializing with the individuals we serve. Countryside Church members, Stonegate Assisted Living, Don and Sheryl Potter, Katie Meyers, and Theresa Kohler are just a few examples that come to mind.

Two more examples are D’s Coffee Shop in Croswell and the Lexington Coffee Company. D’s recently hosted a coffee-making seminar for a group of our individuals here who have an interest in making coffee. Both showing them the pro’s and con’s of their business but also making the experience one that the individuals continue to talk about to this day. Regarding the Lexington Coffee Company who recently opened in Lexington, they have graciously offered to showcase some of our art in their store. As you can tell, I really love my coffee and also appreciate both of these businesses.

Fortunately, and unfortunately, the list of individuals and businesses is too great to give them all justice but here are a couple more examples. Advance Auto Tech in Snover who recently opened their factory to be a training program for our individuals; Numatics who continues to work with us; Thumb Elite Athletics who has supported our In-Shape Program; Sanilac Humane Society which has allowed us to come in to volunteer and assisted our individuals with community inclusion; and Liberty Lanes who has worked with us for years to assist us with community inclusion activities, including sports like bowling. In addition to these wonderful establishments, there are numerous others that continue to show what a great community we live in and how the community continues to go about supporting the citizens of our county.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to assist your fellow citizens in their time of need or are interested in gaining some skills to help you assist others, Sanilac CMH offers Mental Health First Aid classes for the community throughout the county. If you are interested in attending a Mental Health First Aid Class, or better yet would like to sponsor one for your civic group/ friends, don’t hesitate to call us at 810-648- 0330 and ask for either Laura Johnson or Kellie Phelps.

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