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Review for New Foundation Center, Inc, Northfield, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first joined the board when it was known as WilPower Inc. primarily to fulfil my obligation to support the community that I lived and worked in, but also to learn more about mental health issues and services. As you may know, there are no shortages of stigmas and biases related to people with disabilities, both visible and invisible.

The organization focuses first on providing exceptional service to its members and this means employing the best talent available. I'm proud to say that New Foundation Center's employees are not only equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to serve our members, but that they do so with pride and compassion. Sue Shimon, Executive Director continues to impress me with her professionalism. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership in her role time and time again. For example, managing through the recent economic downturn has required some hard decisions related to expense management and postponing growth plans. She has worked collaboratively with her staff, the board and her members to ensure that all have a voice and I'm happy to say that NFC remains a viable, and healthy organization, due in large part to Sue's leadership and management.

We know intuitively that living with mental illness must be difficult, but what we don't know is how, when, or who in our own lives may be impacted by it. I am certain though that it must be a frightening and daunting experience and that it takes personal courage and very special people to help those on this journey.

In a nation where the fastest growing disability in the workplace is depression, we all should be paying a lot more attention to mental health issues and providing the funding and support that organizations like NFC need in order to meet the growing demands for its services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming more self aware and sensitive to the issues of mental health. Giving my time and treasure to support NFC is not only doing the right thing for people with mental illness, but it is the right thing for our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see it grow faster - possibly acquire or merge with another organization that would serve to expand the depth and breadth of services available to those with mental health.

Role:  Board Member & I am on the board and am working on the design and development of diversity and inclusion training for the staff.