August 31, 2017
It’s that time of year.. And as many of you know, today is the 7th anniversary of Josh’s passing. Over the past few weeks, we have been considering the 2017 event (even though 2016 seems like yesterday). We’ve discussed and considered the time and effort our family, friends, and other supporters are required to gear up for, and conduct the event annually. Our thoughts of people having to travel long distances, musicians and others volunteering their time, and the burden of donating to WAMO yet again were not positive. As a result, we have decided to give it a break this year, with the plan to resume next. Thanks to you all for your support over the years and we hope to see you next year!
All our love and gratitude,
John, Darla, & Maggie
We held our 5th benefit event on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at the Narragansett Cafe in Jamestown, and it was one of our most successful to date!
For those of you that weren’t able to attend, we have some important updates for you.
It had been two years since our last benefit, and we have been able to make significant contributions to two very worthy causes at The Providence Center, all thanks to your generous donations over the years.
First, we are proud to say that in October of 2015, WAMO fully funded an all day suicide assessment training at the Providence Center. The training was provided by internationally acclaimed workshop leader and educational innovator in the field of suicide prevention and clinical interviewing, Dr. Shawn Christopher Shea. Through our gift, over 50 mental health clinicians from The Providence Center, Continuum Behavioral Health, and Butler Hospital were trained in a new and innovative way of assessing individuals for suicidal risk. And since then, a Providence Center clinician and trainer has implemented a series of several mini-workshops with additional Providence Center employees, creating a true ripple effect, increasing the impact exponentially. We are so proud of this contribution, and without your donations, it wouldn’t have been possible.
That was in 2015. This year, we were able to make another large contribution to a groundbreaking program at The Providence Center. It’s a partnership with the Providence and Warwick Police Departments, where a mental health clinician is able to ride alongside police officers when responding to calls where mental illness may be a factor. The program is designed to divert individuals from the criminal justice system and instead direct them to appropriate mental healthcare services.
We cannot thank you all enough, for your continued support – YOU are making positive changes in mental healthcare with your generosity every year. Special thanks to John Recca and Cathy Squires at The Narragansett Cafe, Kerry Sheehan at Rum Runner Silk Screen & Embroidery, Neal and the Vipers with Dave Howard, Mike Law, Greg Sherrod, and the original members of Smokestack (Chad Souza, Dick Souza, and Mark Taber).
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