achieving. Whether it is gaining self-worth, securing a home or job, reuniting a family, or assisting someone to live free of substances — clients and families we serve are regaining something lost every day.
We certainly can’t do it alone, and we rely on a solid system of care in our communities. Our partners, agencies from hospital and health systems to grass roots community organizations, all play a significant role in assisting people to regain an improved quality of life. In addition, we work with local, state and federal agencies to obtain grant funding to address community needs and enhance programs. In fiscal year 2018, 24 grants were secured totaling close to $3.0 million. This included two federal, eight state and 14 local grants. One of the many grants that made a significant impact in the quality of life of consumers and families was the State Parent Café grant in Vigo and Clay counties. This evidence-based model utilizes structured small group conversations called cafés to facilitate transformation and healing within families. This peer-to-peer learning process, supported by Hamilton Center staff, provides a way to grow stronger families. In addition, this grant provided financial support; $240,000 in assistance went to 947 people. The grant provided assistance for everything from utilities and rent to food, safety items and activities that helped enhance lives. Evidence of people regaining something lost was clearly apparent.
I want to thank our 550 staff and our hundreds of community partners who work each day to enhance lives and strengthen communities.
Melvin L. Burks, CEO