Special Needs Trust Seminar (Free)- May 21, 2015

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When: Thursday, May 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Interim’s Parajo Wellness Center, 339 Pajaro Street, Salinas, Ca
Speaker: Helen B. Hempel, Certified Elder Law Attorney
Cost: FREE
Registration: Online (below) or 831-649-4522

Register Now!

About the Special Needs Trust Seminar

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Interim staff and friends raise funds for The Food Bank

food bank montereyWe’re happy to announce that as of today, Interim staff and friends collectively raised $1,018 in the past week to support The Food Bank for Monterey County in wake of their recent fire. We’ll be sending the donations this coming week.

Thanks to those who were able to help out, and to our wonderful community for stepping up to help support the Food Bank.

If you want to help support the Food Bank recover from their fire, you can do so at their website: Donate Now

Help support The Food Bank for Monterey County after recent fire

food bank montereyThe Food Bank for Monterey County recently had a devastating fire, losing several trucks and a refrigeration unit, among other resources. Much of Monterey County, including those in Interim programs and other nonprofits, depend on the Food Bank as a partner agency.

Staff members here at Interim are currently doing a fund drive and we’d like to ask you to consider joining us by donating directly to The Food Bank.

We’re all one community, working together for good.

Donate to The Food Bank for Monterey County

More information about the fire and how you can help

 

Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Our Spring 2015 Newsletter is out! If you have requested, you’ll be getting one in the mail over the next few days. Below is a PDF version to read and share, and each story is also available on our website! Enjoy!

Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Celebrating Interim’s 40th Anniversary!

A Note from the Executive Director, Barbara Mitchell

This year marks Interim’s 40th anniversary. Interim was founded in 1975 by a group of concerned citizens who believed that adults with serious mental illness could make the transition from hospitals to independent living if they had a safe place to live, support services, and assistance in developing basic living skills. During this year, I’ll be looking at some of the agency history and writing about some of the people who helped to make the agency what it is today.

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Barbara Mitchell (L) and Corey Miller (R) in 1993.

One of the first employees at Interim and one of my mentors was Corey Miller. Corey was frequently referred to as “the mother of Interim.” She was hired in 1976 and retired in 2001.

Interim first started by operating “halfway houses” which were designed to provide treatment and living skills to people exiting from institutions. But Interim had recognized quickly that having a treatment program wasn’t useful if the clients had no place to live once they graduated. After serving as a volunteer at Interim, Corey was hired to work with Dick Crispo for the new Community Housing Program.

She later became the Program Coordinator, hiring, training, and mentoring a staff that helped to operate a system of satellite houses for people who had completed the halfway house treatment programs.

They also worked with people in the community who they located who had mental illness and who were homeless or who lived in poor conditions. According to Corey, “We got the clients off the streets. We hung around coffee houses and parks and just starting talking to people. Dick and I kept everything in the trunk of our car.”

There were no resources or funding for the program. “We found housing by trying to find sympathetic owners. St. Mary’s Church in Pacific Grove helped to pay for motels and first month’s rent. We rented a lot of houses that were in poor condition.”

Corey didn’t have any formal training in mental health work, but she became an important resource to the agency. She used her knowledge of the community and her good connections to find housing. “I got involved with Interim because of my commitment to social justice. Social justice is a good entry into mental health work. I remember how happy it made me feel to do something that changed someone’s life.”

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