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Sharing Hope has been adapted for the Latino community! Click here to learn more about Compartiendo Esperanza, a fully bilingual adaptation of this initiative.
Click here for a complete list of all NAMI sites who piloted or have taken part in grant implementation and evaluation of Sharing Hope.
Sites selected to receive grants this year were tasked to pilot and help develop a newly created coordination and networking portal via Microsoft SharePoint. All former grantees were also welcomed into this pilot group and a total of 11 sites have been given access to participate and test out the Sharing Hope Coordinators’ Portal to determine whether it will be more broadly used in the future. Of the participating sites, three were chosen to receive grant funding for the first time this year:
For the first time, Sharing Hope grants were made available to sites previously funded in interest of helping sustain successful efforts. On April 1, 2011 we welcomed nine new grantees considered ‘start-up sites’ and five ‘sustainability sites,’ returning grantees from previous funding years:
* denotes sustainability grantees
2010 Implementation Grantees Selected
The 2010 grant sites were selected in March to work with the Multicultural Action Center to expand and continue to evaluate the Sharing Hope initiative:
• NAMI Central Virginia
We congratulate these sites and enjoyed working with them as well as all NAMI state organizations and affiliates working with the Sharing Hope initiative. All NAMI sites working with Sharing Hope are supported by the Multicultural Action Center and receive technical assistance upon request.
NAMI selected eight NAMI state organizations and affiliates to expand and evaluate its Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health. Each of the selected sites received a small Sharing Hope implementation grant to cover the costs associated with implementing and providing program evaluative data back to NAMI.
An article entitled, "New NAMI Toolkit Reaches Out to African american Congregations," by Sally Osmer, Executive Director of NAMI Mercer was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of the Advocate. Click here to read the article (note, you must sign in to your NAMI account to do so).
The Sharing Hope presentation was piloted in Atlanta at the True Light Baptist Church (NAMI Georgia), the Galilee Baptist Church in Trenton (NAMI Mercer, N.J.) and the United Church of God in Christ in St. Paul (NAMI Minnesota). Revisions to the toolkit and the presentation were made based on feedback from these pilot sites and evaluation results.
African-American Faith-Based Initiative Advisory Group Formed
A 15-person advisory group has formed consisting of pastors, NAMI leaders and other experts from around the country. The group first convened at the NAMI office on February 25, 2008 to go over plans for the project and offer feedback and recommendations. The Multicultural Action Center continued to work with the advisory group through the completion of the outreach and education toolkit program.
NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and other individuals with experience working with African Americans in faith-based contexts also provided input to the Multicultural Action Center, identifying successful program models and key issues to consider during the development and implementation of this program.
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