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Since 2015, MEG's Gift has been committed to supporting community mental health services in the Greater Rochester area. Each year our board of directors carefully chooses a local organization whose mission aligns with ours to be the primary beneficiary of funds raised during that year.
CONSORTIUM ON TRAUMA, ILLNESS, AND GRIEF IN SCHOOLS
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VILLA OF HOPE
The Villa of Hope, the primary beneficiary of MEG’s Gift support in 2022, will use funds donated by MEG’s Gift to expand its behavioral health services. “The Mission of MEG’s Gift is just that, a gift to the Rochester community in order to promote mental health awareness, prevention and treatment,” according to Christina Gullo, President & CEO of the Villa. “Working together over this past year has been an honor, and Villa of Hope will be forever grateful for our newfound partnership and friendship.”
Incorporated in 1966 as a non-profit agency, it began as a safe and supportive transitional residence for persons leaving psychiatric hospitals who were not yet ready to live on their own.
From this one house on Dartmouth Street in Rochester with three employees, East House has grown into a comprehensive rehabilitation agency with 210 employees that provides several levels of supervised and independent housing options along with a comprehensive array of programs and services for over 1500 persons annually in the Greater Rochester area who are recovering from persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
Children's Institute partners with community agencies and schools to strengthen the social and emotional health of children by assisting with the implementation of evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs. It provides assessments and trainings to support those who work with children including parents and teachers and also conducts research and evaluation to continuously improve services that enhance the growth and development of children.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.
Funds raised have been used to support many programs including Soul Shop for faith leaders, Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training, national speakers for schools such as Hakeem Rahim, SafeSide training for medical professionals, free "Talk Saves Lives" community programs, and more!
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The funds raised support NAMI’s “Ending the Silence” initiative, a program targeted to teens which is made available to all public and private schools in Monroe and surrounding counties. “Ending the Silence” is an interactive presentation that breaches the topics of mental health, mental illness, and suicide prevention, equipping young people with the knowledge to recognize the early warning signs in themselves and with others and the confidence to seek help
CONSORTIUM ON TRAUMA, ILLNESS AND GRIEF IN SCHOOLS (TIG)
TIG originated in Monroe County as a partnership between school districts and county services. It began with the goal of increasing school personnel’s ability to support students and staff at times of individual or widespread crisis.
Since its inception in 2001, the Consortium has grown steadily through its dedication to preparing school staff and districts to understand, intervene and support students when needs arise related to trauma, violence, illness and death. TIG provides centralized training to participating districts that is evidence based/best practice oriented, to increase staff’s ability to meet the holistic needs of their students and enhances a district’s ability to respond to crisis.
TIG’s Core Curriculum creates the backbone of regional, self-sustaining Back-Up Support Networks. These networks provide seamless support and evidence-based crisis response skills in times of biggest need. As TIG continues to grow, it will remain focused on its commitment to helping Districts minimize risk for crisis while preparing to respond effectively, and recover should a critical incident occur
in 2017, the board of MEG's Gift chose two primary beneficiaries both of which address the mental health needs of children and teens. In addition to TIG, the local chapter of the AFSP was also named a beneficiary. Funds donated to AFSP in 2017 were used to help the chapter find and train qualified individuals to administer suicide prevention programs to children 16-24.
VETERAN'S OUTREACH CENTER
Founded locally in 1973 by returning Vietnam Veterans, today’s Veterans Outreach Center remains anchored in our community and offers a comprehensive portfolio of supportive services designed to meet the needs of veterans and their families. Through the generosity of our community, all of these programs and services are provided free of charge.
Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. christened Priscilla’s House, a home for female veterans in March 2017. The house is the first of its kind in the Monroe County area; it provides permanent supportive housing for female veterans, including those with young children. The home has two 2-bedroom apartments.The front porch of the home is dedicated to special friends of VOC, the Garbach family, who are the founders of Meg’s Gift.
St. JOSEPH'S NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
St. Joseph's offers comprehensive health care, social work, and counseling services to families and individuals who are underinsured or who do not have access to health insurance. Mental healthcare at St. Joseph’s addresses the mental and emotional problems of a person in need by providing individual, group, marriage and family counseling.
The Center serves approximately 3,000 individuals (15,000 visits) per year. Patients and clients come primarily from the Rochester area and surrounding counties; however, there are no geographic or other limitations to service. Any uninsured or underinsured individual is welcome. Anyone who cannot access healthcare is welcome.
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