October finds Stepping Stones of Rockford bursting with activity! Preparing for our upcoming CARF survey, taking part in Mental Illness Awareness Week, opening a new outpatient counseling center, and celebrating recent grants have us hopping. We are proud to share part of our October journey with you.
CARF Survey Scheduled for October 20-22, 2021. It's time for our three-year CARF survey! This time around, the Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) will employ a "distance survey" approach, using live stream video technology to complete interviews, take tours, review programs and check documentation. Can you say policies and procedures??!! One administrative surveyor and two program surveyors will complete their tasks as if they were here in person. Clients, staff and stakeholders are part of the effort. We look forward to celebrating our successes with CARF. To learn more about CARF, check out http://www.carf.org/home/
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW): October 3-9, 2021. Each year, the first full week of October is dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness. Think of it as a national stigma-busting event! Despite ongoing efforts, stigma about mental illness remains pervasive. By sharing your story via social media, educating someone about mental illness or attending a special event, you are helping bust stigma. Awareness, compassion, advocacy, and education go a long, long way when it comes to building community for those with mental illness.
Stepping Stones of Rockford gives a big shout out to NAMI Northern Illinois for busting stigma, day in and day out… for scheduling free events… and, for inviting all of us to "be kind to your mind" for MIAW 2021. Thanks to NAMI Northern IL, MIAW activities include:
Don't miss the free community events dedicated to raising awareness during this stigma-busting week. Stop by City Hall of Rockford to enjoy the Stars of Light art show. In addition to City Hall, community partners for this year's MIAW include Wired Café, Katie's Cup, Velvet Robot, One Love Candle and Bath.
Thank You, Rockford Cosmopolitan Club. Stepping Stones of Rockford expresses gratitude to the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club for their generous grant toward client safety at the agency. Funds provided will be used to purchase and install new smoke detectors and carbon monoxide units in client residences. We appreciate their assistance with this vital project and thank them for the chance to keep our clients safe! Did you know the Rockford Cosmos' is the largest chapter, internationally, with 200 members? Pretty impressive! Rockford Cosmos work tirelessly in fighting diabetes and bettering our community by providing service and support to worthwhile projects. Cosmopolitan Clubs around the world strive toward Unity of purpose, Service to the community and Action on the part of all members. Thank you for your service to our community and for helping us keeping clients as safe as possible.