40 For 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Interim, Inc.

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Interim, Inc. is excited to launch our new monthly giving program, 40 For 40!

We’re asking our donors to make a $40 monthly gift to Interim in honor of Interim’s 40th Anniversary.

United Way grant funding has been used for many years to help cover costs of the MCHOME homeless services program. MCHOME’s projected shortfall this year is $100,000. Unfortunately, we will no longer have help of United Way grants to help with this need, which is why we want to launch this new monthly giving program.

You can donate monthly in a variety of ways:

  1. Online through our website.
  2. Mail a check in monthly.
  3. Set it up with your bank to send a check or auto deposit each month.

Of course, you can donate any amount you choose, but we’re challenging our donors to stretch their giving to a $40 monthly gift.

Sign up or get more info! www.interiminc.org or 831-649-4522 ext 301.

Become a Hoedown for Housing Sponsor!

boots no backgroundThis is your chance to join an elite group of Interim supporters! We are actively seeking sponsors for the Hoedown for Housing. Our last Hoedown in 2013 attracted more than 260 of Monterey County’s most influential community leaders, who dug out their boots and cowboy hats for this country-western themed dinner, auction, and dance. This is a high-energy, high-visibility event that local “movers and shakers” look forward to attending. Publicity for the event will include multiple ways to promote your business to fit any budget.

Get more information now!

Saddle up and join the herd!

Gold Community Builder
Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects

Sustainable Silver
The Nunes Company

Green Leader
Barbara Mitchell and Bill Pardue
Fenton & Keller
Hayashi & Wayland
John Stafsnes and Iathan Annand
Union Bank

Cornerstone Sponsor
Mid-Pen Housing

Music Sponsor: The Muddy River Band
Wine Sponsors: John Stafsnes and Iathan Annand
Print Sponsor: Gavilan Printers

Changes Happening in Relationship with United Way County of Monterey

In July 2015, United Way is changing its focus and will begin operating as a Community Impact Model United Way, placing “issues and strategies” at the center of their funding model rather than Certified Partner Agencies. Thus, after 30 years as a Certified United Way Agency, Interim and other local agencies, will no longer be receiving annual grant funding through United Way.

United Way has been conducting a community impact survey to determine its future direction.

United Way operates several local programs, including 211 and the Volunteer Center, and will continue to use donated funds to operate those programs this year. They have announced that designations from the current campaign directed to a specific community organization, like Interim, will still be honored through FY 15/16.

We appreciate the support that United Way and the many United Way donors have given to Interim.

Forty Years of Interim: The Beginning, The Vision, The Board, and The Staff

by Barbara Mitchell

As part of the forty-year anniversary, I have been talking to some of the founders of Interim. The formation of Interim took considerable effort, a leap of faith, and many committed people.

Two of those committed people were Maureen and Wayne Lavengood, founding board members. Maureen said, “I was the Director of Day Treatment and Wayne was working as Manager of Garden Pavilion (CHOMP). We both knew that more was needed in our community, even though we had only vague notations of what this could be.”

Maureen and Wayne Lavengood.
Maureen and Wayne Lavengood (L).

Maureen recalls that a group of community members recognized a need for an alternative to Board and Care homes. It was envisioned that this new form of housing and support would be a stepping-stone between hospitalization (State or Locked facility) and the community.

The name Interim was selected because, “It was supposed to indicate that housing at Interim was an ‘interim step’ between a supported placement and independence in the community,” according to Maureen.

The first Executive Director, Larry Telles, was hired because he had vision and knowledge of similar programs in the state.

Larry had a doctorate and had been teaching philosophy in New York City when the bottom dropped out of that market. Larry moved to the Bay Area, found a job as a counselor, and became a Program Director at what was then called a ‘halfway house’. He later had a job as an Executive Director of a residential program for the homeless before joining Interim.

Both Larry and Maureen noted that the start -up of the agency faced considerable community opposition. [Read more…]

Interim Staff Members Win Awards at Fiesta of Hope

Fiesta of Hope
Barbara (L) with Jody (R) at the Fiesta of Hope.

Interim, Inc. is proud to recognize two employees who received recognition at Monterey County’s Fiesta of Hope on May 7th. Jody Gulley, Outreach Coordinator at MCHOME, received the Jay Foss Mental Health Clinical Service Award. The Jay Foss award is given to practitioners who have provided outstanding service to consumers of mental health services in our community. Antonio Garibaldi, who was featured in our Spring Newsletter, is the Wellness Activity Specialist at Bridge House. He received the Consumer of the Year Award. The Consumer of the Year Award is given to a consumer of mental health services in our community who has utilized the services to a significant degree and made real progress in their ability to function in the community.

For over ten years, Jody has been a member of Interim’s MCHOME program, serving homeless individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. MCHOME provides intensive case management and integrated services for adults who have serious mental illness and are homeless. Jody works on the frontlines, seeking out and identifying mentally ill adults who are homeless, and providing them with the support needed to transition into supportive housing. [Read more…]

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Kontrena McPheter is the SOS Coordinator.
Kontrena McPheter is the SOS Coordinator.

Caroline and the other Success Over Stigma (SOS) presenters have a unique goal in presenting to Professor Yoshiko Matsushita-Arao’s Psychology 101 course at Hartnell College. Caroline stands in front of forty-five students and explains some of the most miserable and bleak moments of her life. Caroline’s story is unique in her own combination of challenges. However, the common theme in her story, and so many others living with a psychiatric disability, is the social stigma experienced in society when others learn of their mental health diagnosis. Her courage to be vulnerable in front of a crowd of strangers reflects the level of personal growth the SOS community has fostered and developed in her.

Success Over Stigma is an Interim, Inc. community advocacy and educational outreach program dedicated to ending the stigma associated with mental illness. Its unique anti-stigma approach creates a forum where individuals with mental illness can share their personal experiences with the community.

This group of individuals seeks to combat the media’s portrayal of the mentally ill as being violent, unproductive, uneducated, dangerous, and an economic drain on society.

Clients use their personal experience to help build awareness on the stigma surrounding mental illness. When speakers tell their own stories, they share the difficulty of having a mental health diagnosis and the internal stigma that can stop them from succeeding.

Caroline started hearing voices at 5 years old. It was not until age 13 that she learned hearing voices was not normal for most people. As a teenager, Caroline was placed on prescription medication. At age 17, she decided that she did not like the side effects of the medications, so she self-medicated with alcohol and marijuana. In 2011, she received housing at Interim’s Lupine Gardens. While there, she learned coping skills and balancing a healthy lifestyle. [Read more…]

Tribute to Interim

Tribute to Interim

by Sue DeGraw

It always seemed I lived my life on a raging sea.
I was swept about by waves of life’s harsh reality
Then your love came shining, like a beacon in the night.
You drove away the darkness, with your hope burning bright.
You led me back, brought me back, towards safety from the storm.
You took me in your program and kept me safe and warm.
The storm raged on, but you weren’t gone.
You were all still there, saying “We care.”
“We believe in you. Someday you will too.”
That day is now, but I won’t take a bow,
because the credit belongs to you,
and Behavioral Health too.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
for giving me a fresh new start.