Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sewickley Family Connections Uses NAMI Walk $$$

NAMI Southwestern PA is located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh and serves a 10-county region in western Pennsylvania. Within those 10 counties, we have affiliates and support groups, which are volunteer-driven entities that provide support, information and education on a local level.

Many of our affiliates and groups participate in the annual NAMI Walk. A significant portion of the funds they raise goes directly back to them -- back into their own communities.

Last fall, the Sewickley Family Connections Group participated in the walk and found a great way to use the funds they received.

They purchased computers and donated them to local personal care boarding homes. Kathy Monohan, our support group contact and walk team captain, is coordinating college student interns to train residents on the computers. The computers have games and other rehabilitative activities and give residents a chance to work on writing skills.

Here are some photos of residents who are already enjoying the new computers!

With the remainder of its funds from the 2008 walk, the Sewickley Family Connections Group is beautifying a local drop-in center with flats of flowers, paint and possibly chairs and tables.

Thanks to Kathy and the gang at Sewickley Family Connections and Staunton Clinic for using their NAMI Walk funds in a positive way!