President’s Report

President's Report
November 1, 2017

Northwood Children’s Services recently was honored to receive the “Provider of the Year” award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This award recognizes an organization that provides mental health services that demonstrates excellence, respect and best practices. In introducing the award, Sue Abderholden, NAMI Minnesota’s Executive Director, commented, “Northwood has done incredible work around children’s mental health. The organization offers a variety of programs with a focus on resiliency but also respect and compassion. Every time I have visited I have been impressed with how caring the staff is and the variety of ways in which you work to engage the children and youth. Northwood is about changing lives.”

We are truly grateful to be chosen by NAMI to receive this prestigious award. To be recognized by an informed stakeholder and respected advocacy organization in the mental health field that our programs demonstrate excellence, respect and best practices is, indeed, an honor. It is gratifying to Northwood’s Board of Directors, affirming to our staff for the work they do, and comforting to parents of the children and youth we serve to receive this kind of recognition. We thank NAMI’s Board of Directors for selecting Northwood. We will do our best to live up to the ideals it represents.

Charlie Appelstein, a renowned author and sought after national presenter, conducted a workshop for Northwood staff last month. He reminded us about the shattered lives many of our students have experienced, and suggested that we could not watch even five minutes of a tape depicting the trauma in their lives. It would be unbearable. It is not easy, this process of building brighter futures for children, youth and their families. Recognition such as this NAMI award gives everyone in the Northwood family a huge boost of energy. It reminds us of the awesome responsibilities we have, and the fact that we are fortunate to have so many partners supporting our mission. Thank you!

Richard Wolleat
President & CEO

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