We are community members united for the purpose of promoting and supporting mental wellness and building awareness about suicide prevention, intervention and response, as well as grief support for surviving family members and friends.
Community for Hope Meetings (2014)
|Jan 9||Mar 13||May 13||July 8||Sept 9||Nov 11 (6:30-8:00pm)|
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Community for Hope holds a monthly general board meeting open to the public and our community partners, from 8:00-9:00 am, on the second Tuesday of every month, in the main-level conference room at our office: Hooper Community Center, 36 Broad Street, Oshkosh. (No daytime meeting in November. Open House, 6:30-8:00pm, is in place of the monthly meeting.)
Anyone interested in working on suicide prevention initiatives in our community is welcome to join us.
Sponsoring YELLOW RIBBON, a program that teaches students that "it's okay to ask for help" and trains teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff how to respond to children in crisis.
Supporting the state DPI's Signs of Suicide prevention and intervention ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) program for students, teachers, and staff.
Creating and providing age appropriate school folders for students in grades 1 - 12 to help them understand the warning signs of suicide and to know what to do in order to seek help.
Supporting and providing speakers for businesses, civic organizations, clubs, and churches to raise suicide awareness.
Providing community-based suicide prevention training using the nationally known method, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer).
Collaborating with school administrators, teachers, counselors and social workers to support suicide prevention, intervention and response efforts in the school system.
Sponsoring and facilitating a S.O.S. (Survivors of Suicide), which is a grief support group of and for family, friends, classmates and colleagues of those who have died by suicide. A Teen S.O.S. Group also meets when needed.
Over 35 community members, including school administrators, therapists, religious leaders and concerned parents, are currently active in Community for Hope.
President: Jenny Wesner
Vice President: Kim Lewis
Treasurer: Patti Ahrens
Secretary: Sue Szabo
Other Board Members: Don Merz, Patti Calhoun, Teresa Paulus
Community for Hope is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.