NAMI Southwestern Illinois

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From the President's Corner

Hello, NAMI SWI Members & Friends of NAMI SWI!

About Me Bio

My name is Sonja Vauters and I am so honored to serve as president of NAMI-SWI Affiliate.

I currently work as the Division Director and One-Stop Operator at St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) in St. Louis, MO. I serve as the Church Secretary, President of the Gospel Chorus, Class Leader and a Deaconess. My activities include continuing my education and mentoring youth in the community. I have a loving family of one daughter and two granddaughters who keep my heart smiling! I also serve as an officer on the Madison, IL School Board (CUSD #12) for over 10 years. I am currently on the Call For Help, Inc., Executive Board and an Officer on the Madison County Special Education Board, Region I.

As you can see my task of helping and supporting in the community is extensive but nothing … nothing has been more rewarding than NAMI SWI. This organization heals my heart. It saved my life.

Thank You

Thank You - For this awesome opportunity to share my thoughts of hope and encouragement with you.

Thank You - To NAMI SWI Warm Winter Wishes committee and to everyone who so generously donated hats, gloves, socks and more to our Annual Warm Winter Wishes Campaign this past holiday season. The response was just outstanding. Actually we continued to receive more items after the event was over. I really enjoyed the wrapping party in preparation of delivering the gifts. These donations were delivered to the residents at Centerstone, Call For Help, and Chestnut Health Systems.

Thank You - To Furry Friends for their participation in Warm Winter Wishes. Their donation of the wonderful stuffed animals was awesome. Furry Friends provide therapy dogs ON SITE and ON CALL to local hospitals and other agencies to support those with mental health challenges.

Thank You - To all of the hard working Officers, Facilitators, Teacher, Mem-bers, and Volunteers who sacrifice their time and donations in our awesome NAMI SWI affiliate. You share your own lived experience with mental illness in order to inspire hope for recovery, provide support for families, and change perceptions about mental illness. You rock!

Race for Recovery • Walk for Awareness

Don’t forget to sign up early for our Race for Recovery • Walk for Awareness on Saturday, May 11th 2019. It’s always a blast! Register Online or Download the Registration Form and get the early bird special.

Learn More and LIVE STRONG!

Lastly, I want to encourage anyone who may be interested in joining NAMI SWI and/or becoming a meeting facilitator or a teacher for one of our signature programs. Please call the NAMI SWI Office for more information. Leave a message with your name and number if you get the recording. Someone will get back to you. There’s nothing more rewarding than learning more about cultivating compassion, helping others and transforming suffering.

President’s Report
January 16, 2019  NAMI SWI President, Sonja Vauters , MBA