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

Rating: 5 stars  

A few years ago, the Ad Council created a breakthrough campaign to help enlighten our society and to support the cause of mental illness. The campaign featured the tagline, “What a difference a friend makes.” At New Foundation Center this is not a mere slogan; it is, and has always been, their philosophy, their way of life. Members establish meaningful and supportive friendships, both with other members and with staff. Members experience the joy of accomplishment; they are recognized for their talents, and creativity is emphasized and fostered. There is a positive and inspiring sense of community at New Foundation Center.

My son had suffered from schizophrenia for two decades, with no relief from the virulent psychosis that had altered his personality and essentially destroyed his life. He had been affiliated with a local mental health agency that finally gave up because none of their programs or interventions had worked for him. They recommended that we take him to this forward-looking, vibrant agency in Northfield. Through WilPower/New Foundation Center, my son obtained a job; through WilPower/New Foundation Center he found friendship and—yes, finally—a true and beautiful romance. Through WilPower/New Foundation Center he acquired a sense of self-esteem, a community, a productive life.

New Foundation Center understands that it is essential to the individual victims of mental illness, and it is essential to our community and our society, that illnesses that affect the human brain be given top priority—in care, in research, in education. We need to insure that agencies such as NFC not only survive, but thrive.

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

My son's recovery

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

Try to obtain more funding to maintain its programs

Role:  Volunteer & Worked on a letter-writing fo lawmakers and other public officials.