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Marie Revere

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Review for Nami North Coastal San Diego County, Carlsbad, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In June of 1997, my husband and I got the news that our only son while away at college was sick with an incurable chronic desease-schizophrenia. We were devastated grief stricken and felt helpless. His whole life was ahead of him,,,why? We knew little about the illness and our hearts ached as we argued about how to help. Our son's psychiatrist suggested a group called NAMI. National Alliance on Mental Illness. He got us in touch our local affiliate, NAMI North Coastal San Diego County. They saved our lives. Cue the angels singing! We met families like ours, shared our stories, cried on each others shoulders and learned about the illness and about all the resources available for us and for our son as well as how we could help others. We feel we have been truly blessed to have NAMI North Coastal San Diego County in our lives. We have benefitted from joining NAMI and helping others. One of the first things we did was to participate in a free 12 week NAMI Family to Family class. We felt empowered after learning all about brain disorders, medications and how they work, diagnostic criteria, what to do in a crisis, how to effectively communicate with an ill person, and so much more. Resources and books were made available to us. We all helped each other. Both my husband and I became NAMI Family Support Group facilitators and Family to Family teachers and served on the NAMI North Coastal board.
NAMI North Coastal San Diego County has contributed so much to our community with education, advocacy and support. In addition to the 12 week Family to Family classes and support groups , NAMI North Coastal offers a 10 week Peer to Peer classes and support groups for those living with mental illnesses. They offer amazing "In Our Own Voice" presentations (structured presentation with video by folks recovering from brain deseases telling their stories) throughout the community. They have assisted with implementing solutions for emergency care with emergency walk-in assessment centers, for housing with the Fairweather Lodge supported housing, for advocacy with an annual NAMI walk and with presentations at local community groups and churches.

I am both thankful and proud to be part of NAMI North Coastal San Diego County,

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for North County Interfaith Council, Inc. (dba Interfaith Community Services), Escondido, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Interfaith Community Services is the only non-profit willing to take on serving those with brain disorders with a supported housing and employment model-Fairweather Lodge. They returned self-worth to our son who had lost just about everything to schizophrenia. He enjoys a nice beautiful place to live and a job. They truly care about him and have been there when he falls. We will be forever in their debt!

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

Our son has a nice clean home with a job because of Interfaith.

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

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Role:  General Member of the Public & Helped introduce the Fairweather model & prepare a home.