Split the Plate is one of UUCW's programs of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community. Our Split the Plate recipient for February is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Greater Milwaukee.NAMI was founded in 1979 by a small group of families in response to their shared problem of trying and failing to get help for their children with severe and persistent mental illnesses. The organization revised its mission in 1991 to include the offering of direct services to people who live with mental illness.
NAMI is a non-profit community-based, self-help, support, education, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with mental illness, their families, and those touched by mental illness. NAMI offers a wide range of programs including its "Family-to-Family Education Program," a 10 week "Peer to Peer" program offering persons with mental illness an opportunity to learn more about wellness, recovery, and illness management as well as support groups for families, loved ones, and individuals with mental illnesses.
Other programs include "In Our Own Voice" in which speakers with a diagnosis of mental illness are trained to tell their own stories and "ASK" (Access, Support and Knowledge) which provides education, outreach, and support services for Milwaukee's African American and Latino communities. One participant in the "Family-to- Family" program stated, "This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers...It has help me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother."
For more information about NAMI Greater Milwaukee, see www.namigrm.org. For more information about Split the Plate contact Phil Kroner via the church office.