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Over the last 71 years, the Bert Nash Center has had to adapt and adjust to the changing needs of our community. That’s never been truer than over the past two years.
Last year at this time, we were learning how to navigate the pandemic. And I was so inspired by our Bert Nash Center team and how we came together as a staff and overcame countless obstacles in order to continue to deliver mental health services to our community.
As you know, we have continued to deal with the physical and mental impacts of the pandemic. But I couldn’t be more impressed by our BNC team and their continued dedication to provide vital mental health services to those who need it the most, especially during these extraordinary times we have been living in.
I also want to share how incredibly fortunate and grateful we are to have a community that rallies behind mental health. And each of you are part of this celebration. This pandemic has truly caused a mental health crisis in our country, and here in Douglas County we are seeing an unprecedented amount of folks needing help. The financial support of our contributors has truly impacted the way we can continue and expand our ability to respond to this increasing demand for care. Here are some examples from the past year:
We expanded our hours of operation.
We opened the Transitions supportive housing facility.
We trained a record number of people in Mental Health First Aid.
Our team taught 72 classes and trained 838 first aiders. Kudos to Julia Gaughan who leads those life-saving efforts!
We hosted 31 Discover Bert Nash tours and had 280 community members attend and learn more about the Center.
We committed to working with an equity consultant and doing the important work of inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging.
We received an almost $2 million grant that will be used to expand our services.
We moved all of our community support services to the Medical Arts Building down the street to make room for our expanding staff, additional services, and improve our team members working experiences.
And work continues on construction of the Treatment and Recovery Center.
That’s just a short list of all the accomplishments in 2021.
Our theme for 2021 for the Bert Nash Center was Live With Gratitude. I am grateful for our team members at the Bert Nash Center, who despite the pressures and numerous challenges we continue to face during an ongoing pandemic, their resolve and commitment remain steadfast. And I am grateful for our wonderful supporters and donors. Because of you, we can fulfill our mission to respond to needs, restore lives, and build a healthy community.
- Patrick Schmitz, CEO