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KARENAS PENS ON NAMIFoxVal l eyi spr oudt ohonorKar enAs pens onandi s i mmens el ygr at ef ul f orherei ghtr emar k abl ey ear sofs er v i c eas Ex ec ut i v eDi r ec t or .UnderKar en’ sl eader s hi p,t heagenc y ’ s pr ogr amsands er v i c esbl os s omedandgr ew,al ongwi t hi t s s t af f .Dur i nghert enur e,Kar enwor k edt i r el es s l yt oi mpr ov e ex i s t i ngpr ogr amsanddev el opedmor et hanahal f doz ennew ones ,whi l egr owi ngt heagenc yf r om t wot oni neempl oy ees andmor et han300v ol unt eer ss t r ong. NAMIFoxVal l eynowr eac hesmor et han3, 000c ommuni t y member seac hy earwhobenef i tf r om i t spr ogr amsand s er v i c es ,i nc l udi ngNewHopeConnec t i ons ;5O’ Cl oc kFr i day s ; SPARK( Suppor t i ngPar ent sasAdv oc at esandRes our c esf or Ki ds ) ;Ment al Heal t hFi r s tAi d;BeWel l ;Rec ov er yEduc at i on andAdv oc ac yPr ogr am ( REAP) ;t het eens uppor tgr oup;t he f ami l ys har i ngs uppor tgr oup;t heVet er anss uppor tgr oup;and Wi ngsofChange,as uppor tgr oupf orwomenwhohav e ex per i enc eddomes t i cabus eandal s ohav eament al i l l nes s . Kar enal s oens ur edt hatNAMI ’ sc or eeduc at i onc l as s esand out r eac hi ni t i at i v es ,i nc l udi ngI nOurOwnVoi c e, Fami l y t oFami l y ,andPeer t oPeer ,c ont i nuedt ogr owand i mpr ov eandr eac hr ec or daudi enc es . I n2004,Kar enandAppl et onpol i c eSgt .J ohnWal l s c hl aeger j oi nedf or c est obr i ngCr i s i sI nt er v ent i onT eam ( CI T)t r ai ni ngt o t hes t at eofWi s c ons i n.NAMIFoxVal l ey ,i npar t ner s hi pwi t ht he Appl et onPol i c eDepar t ment ,hav es i nc ebec omet hes t at e’ s l eaderi nCI T ,whi c ht eac hesl awenf or c ementof f i c er showt o r es pondc ompas s i onat el yandef f ec t i v el ywhent heyenc ount er s omeonei nament al heal t hc r i s i s .T odat e,mor et han350l aw enf or c ementof f i c er sf r om ar oundt hes t at ehav ebeent r ai ned, pr ev ent i ngunt ol di nj ur i esandev ens av i ngl i v es .

I n2006,t heCr i s i sI nt er v ent i onPar t ner s( CI P)Pr ogr am was added,ex pandi ngt het r ai ni ngt oc r i s i ss er v i c epr of es s i onal s . T oget her ,t heCI TandCI Ppr ogr amshav ec r eat edas y s t em of c ar et hathel pst hos es uf f er i ngf r om ment al i l l nes st os t ayout oft hec r i mi nal j us t i c es y s t em andi ns t eadr ec ei v ement al heal t hs er v i c esands uppor t . Kar en’ spas s i onf uel edt heNAMI Wal kf undr ai s er ,whi c hhas enabl edt heagenc yt or ai s emor et han$760, 000s i nc ei t s l aunc hi n2006.OneofKar en’ smos tpr ec i ousgi f t st oNFVi s t hef r i endr ai s i ng,c ommuni t ypar t ner s hi psandc ol l abor at i ons s hees t abl i s hed,whi c ht heor gani z at i onbenef i t sf r om ona dai l ybas i sandhel psust ogr owandf l our i s h.Asaf ac ul t y memberwi t hi nt heUWOs hk os hDepar t mentofSoc i al Wor k , Kar enal s owor k st oeduc at ef ut ur es oc i al wor k er sabout ment al i l l nes s . “ Somanypeopl eaf f ec t edbyment al i l l nes shav ebeen t ouc hedbyKar en’ sk i ndnes sandadv oc ac yandhav e benef i t t edf r om t hepr ogr amsands er v i c ess hebr oughtt ol i f e, ” s ai dJ oanHel bi ng,boar dpr es i dentofNAMIFoxVal l ey . “ Kar enl ov i ngl y ,andgr ac ef ul l y ,handedof fandent r us t edt o met hi si nc r edi bl yr obus t ,v i br ant ,andt hr i v i ngnonpr of i tt hat s hehadnur t ur edf r om i nf anc y , ”addedBet hCl ay ,ex ec ut i v e di r ec t orofNAMIFoxVal l ey .“ Herl egac yi st hatt heFoxCi t i es i sak i nder ,mor ec ompas s i onat e,andbet t er educ at ed c ommuni t ywheni tc omest ounder s t andi ngands uppor t i ng t hos ewhoar eaf f ec t edbyment al i l l nes s .Whi l et her ei ss t i l l muc hwor kt obedone,Kar ens etNAMIFoxVal l eyonapat h t hatwi l l ens ur eherpas s i on,v i s i onandgoal sf ort heagenc y wi l l bec ar r i edf or war d. ”


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Tammybecamei nvol vedi nt hel eader shi pof consumeract i vi t i esbypar t i ci pat i ngi nt he st at ewi deconsumerconf er ence.I n2002, Tammybecamet heagency’ sConsumer Coor di nat orandser vedi nt hi sr ol eunt i l Oct ober2011.Shepassi onat el yensur edt hat ever yonewhowant edt opar t i ci pat ei nsoci al act i vi t i escoul dbyor gani zi ngf undr ai ser ssuch asbr atf r i esandbakesal es.

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