Our program last Wednesday was presented by Okpara Rice, Chief Executive Officer of Tanager Place. Tanager Place has been a fixture in our community and serves 5,000 youth a year. In 2012 three pillars were identified and continue to be developed as supporting structures of this organization. One pillar is Research with a practical application. One example of this research is looking at eating disorders which has a high rate in young girls and can lead to death. The second pillar is Treatment programs. Tanager offers outpatient services to 1,100 children. They also have community based services that work directly with families in their homes as well as school based interventions, and art therapy. The third pillar is Prevention, which comes in the form of Camp Tanager. The camp allows 700 low income, at risk children a camp experience each summer. Camp offers new experiences and a respite for getting away from stressful situations these children may be living in.
Tanager Place is also filling a need with a new clinic to give families coping skills and therapy. One in five children will experience diagnosable mental illness, with 4-6 month wait lists to see psychiatrists, this clinic is providing valuable help. Tanager Place is offering training programs in Mental Health First Aid and Trauma and Loss. The training programs are open to the public to attend, check www.tanagerplace.org or contact the organization directly to get on their notification list.
This weeks program:
Dennis Green will share highlights of his trip to Cuba, where they have really tiny coffee cups!
See you at Rotary,
President - Cedar Rapids West Rotary
Rotary - It's a SMART thing to do!