MAY 2019

As we move towards hurricane season,  I am reminded and inspired by the accomplishments of  NAMI Collier after Hurricane Irma. In 2017, FEMA funded Project HOPE (Helping Our People in Emergencies) and as a result we were able to provide individual and group counseling services to over 12,000 in Lee and Collier Counties. Our “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” program particularly enabled us to reach out and support the community at large.

The example of Copeland Florida illustrates how we help in crises. Copeland, north of Everglades City on the east end of Collier County, was totally cut off from contact after the hurricane.  The community of several hundred people quickly banded together to recover and rebuild itself. NAMI Collier contributed counseling support through the Baptist Church which had become the central hub of the town. We were also able to help bring in supplies and raise money for Copeland from across the country.  It was a community in need and NAMI Collier was able to help.