Health in Dubuque
We would like to take this opportunity to explain how the Envision Mental Health Endowment Fund came into being.
In the summer of 2005, Envision Dubuque organized small neighborhood groups who got together to brainstorm ideas that would make the Dubuque area an ideal place to live and work. There were over 2000 ideas submitted by the community. A selection committee narrowed down the list to 100 ideas and the general public voted on their favorites choosing the final top ten. These were announced at a press conference on January 3, 2006.
One of the top 10 priorities was improved Mental Health Services. Advocates for this cause formed the Envision Mental Health Task Force. The needs assessment identified three general areas to focus on:
1. Access to a full array of services so that those who need mental health services can get them.
2. More diversified housing services that better guarantees rehabilitation and prevention of relapse. A safe, stable, therapeutic environment with needed support services reduces the inpatient revolving door cycle that increases costs.
3. Better transportation for individuals who have difficulty finding transportation and/or do not have the financial means to get to and from their counseling, medication, and health appointments and as a result do not go. Attending appointments is essential for successful treatment.
The above targeted areas come with a price tag. Our goal is to establish a $500,000 endowment fund that awards grants to local non-profit mental health providers who meet the identified priorities. An endowment fund provides support beyond our lifespan meeting future needs. Over time, priorities may change and community needs can be reassessed.
The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful,
to be honorable,
to be compassionate,
to have it make some difference
that you have lived and lived well.