First Steps at NAMI of Erie County

First Steps at NAMI of Erie County

One of a parent’s greatest joys is when a child takes their first steps.
That moment symbolizes so manythings – the next stage of growth, the satisfaction of reaching a goal, the promise of new opportunities. First steps are truly the wonder of life and that’s why we embrace them at NAMI of Erie County, both for our clients as well as for our organization.

Every day at NAMI, we are privileged to work with individuals and families who are struggling with the challenges of mental illness. Our mission is to help them take those first steps toward understanding their illness and defining a new path for their journey. That path is different for everyone, but when you walk with resources and inspiration from those who care, you can pass through a gateway to all of life’s possibilities.

For NAMI of Erie County, several “first steps” in 2017 evoked a sense of both accomplishment and expectation:

  • With the help of Erie Insurance, we initiated our new NAMI Basic s program for families taking their first steps in managing and advocating for adolescents with mental health challenges.
  • We expanded our Exploring the Arts with NAMI program at the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum to offer more children and families their first steps into art and music.
  • We planned our first fundraiser for the new year, an entire evening of first steps at the NAMI in the 90s Dance Party, set for April 14, 2018 at Rainbow Gardens.
  • We held our first-ever, golf-less golf tournament when rainstorms kept us off the greens at Venango Valley Inn and Golf Course, but the community “stepped up” to help us meet our fundraising goal.
  • And most visibly, we took the first steps to move the NAMI offices to the second floor of 1611 Peach Street, a new space three times larger than our former suite and able to accommodate our expanding programs and client base.
At NAMI, we believe that you cannot see the path that lies ahead until you take those first steps. And when you take the first steps, you direct the energy of your mind, heart, and body in that direction. That’s what we do for our clients, free of charge, every day. And that is why your awareness of our programs and your support – whether financial or in-kind – is so critical.
During this time of giving, please consider a donation to NAMI of Erie County to support our free programs and services. As always, 100 percent of your contribution will remain in Erie County to help individuals and families facing mental health challenges in our community. Donations can be made payable to NAMI of Erie County and mailed to 1611 Peach Street, Suite 218, Erie, PA 16501. Additionally, you can donate online by visiting www.NAMIerie.org/donate.