Monthly Archives: April 2012

Orland Township officials pool resources for substance abuse recovery

Today on the Tinley Park Patch is an article about officials in Orland Township pooling their substance abuse prevention resources in the wake of recent heroin-related incidents.

From the article:

In March, area law enforcement, mental health, school and government officials met to pool resources in the wake of a noted rise in heroin-related arrests and deaths. They determined that although a great deal of varied treatments, counseling and programs are available in the area, people who need help aren’t connecting with those treatments.

So on May 2, a Community Link Symposium will be held at Carl Sandburg High School to introduce people to local drug and alcohol support services.

Orland Township is inviting a wide range of educators, mental health practitioners, law enforcement officials and community groups to gather next week to help link drug addicts to the help they need.

Read the complete article on Patch here.

Rosecrance's Fink wins top annual United Way award

Frank Ware Award of Excellence named for former Janet Wattles Center President/CEO

From left: Director of Volunteer Center at United Way of Rock River Valley Anna Kaye, Courtney Oertel, Rosecrance's Sherry Fink and CEO and President of United Way of Rock River Valley Paul Logli pose after Fink received the 2012 Frank Ware Award of Excellence.

Sherry Fink, a clinical supervisor at the Rosecrance Ware Center, received the 2012 Frank Ware Award of Excellence on Tuesday, April 17, at the annual United Way of Rock River Valley Volunteer Recognition event at Giovanni’s.

Fink, who has worked with the organization for 14 years, supervises a program called Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH). The program provides outreach and therapeutic services to individuals who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless and have a serious mental illness. Fink also supervises the PATH ex-offender program. This program offers services to individuals released from the Department of Corrections.

Mary Ann Abate, Rosecrance Sr. VP and Chief Operating Officer for Mental Health Services, noted that Sherry had some tough competition from nominees who also perform important work for various organizations in the community.

“This award signifies great leadership, mentorship and contributions to making our community a better place to live,” Abate said of Fink. “ The award was presented by Frank’s daughter, Courtney Oertel, and she explained to all who were present how much Sherry demonstrated the kind of leadership Frank embodied.”

Frank Ware was the longtime President/CEO of the Janet Wattles Center who, along with Rosecrance President/CEO led the merger of the two organizations. Ware died in February 2011.

“We are extremely grateful to have such an outstanding staff as Sherry,” Abate said, “and we want to send a huge BRAVO to her and encourage her to continue the great work.”

Rosecrance Foundation Benefit sets record for funds raised to serve patients in need

Jerry Paris receives Castle Award for service; Michael Cavanaugh perform

Michael Cavanaugh performs Monday, April 16, at 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit. The annual event drew a record attendance of 830.

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ROCKFORD – The 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit raised a record $480,000 to provide services to clients who need financial assistance for treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. The annual event also drew a record attendance of 830.

Entertainer Michael Cavanaugh and his band headlined the event on Monday, April 16, at Giovanni’s. The Benefit also featured presentation of the Castle Award to Jerry Paris, a Rockford businessman who has provided distinguished service on Rosecrance boards for almost two decades. A new video titled “Hope in Recovery,” which features Rosecrance alumni, was premiered at the event.

The annual event supports The Kinley Charity Care Fund, named for the late Verna Kinley, a former Rosecrance board member who was dedicated to the principle that no youth in need of treatment should be turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for services. Since 1984, The Kinley Fund has provided more than $6 million in care to patients.

John Griffin, chair of the Rosecrance Foundation Board of Directors, expressed gratitude for the ongoing support of corporations and individuals who make the Benefit successful. It is the organization’s main fundraising vehicle for charity care, which each year assists almost 300 families.

“We are so very grateful to everyone who supports the Benefit because they believe, as we do, in the power of every human spirit to heal,” Griffin said. “There is hope in treatment, and our event is all about helping people get the services they need, even if their financial resources are limited.

“Through their generosity, Rosecrance donors change and save the lives of people they will never meet.”

President/CEO Philip W. Eaton presented the Castle Award to Rosecrance Health Network Board Member Jerry Paris, who has helped to lead the organization in various roles for almost 20 years. Paris is a past board chair and currently leads the Foundation’s Endowment Committee.

“He has been there for us as we’ve built buildings, expanded programs and struggled to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people,” Eaton said of Paris. “He asks hard questions at the right time so that we can make the best decisions to move our mission forward and offer the best quality care.”

Paris owns several area Midas Auto Repair Centers. He founded the Rosecrance/Midas Golf Shootout in 1992 and oversaw it for a decade, during which time the event earned almost a quarter of a million dollars to support programs and services.

In addition to his work with Rosecrance, Paris has been involved in leadership at several other community agencies. He received the Crusader Community Health Spirit of Caring Award in 2007 for his deep community involvement.

The event traditionally highlights Rosecrance alumni who have been successful in recovery. A video titled “Hope in Recovery” premiered at the Benefit featuring a dozen alums speaking about their lives since treatment to help them overcome addiction.

Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)
Email: Click here to email Judy

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six offices in Chicagoland. Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Hope in Recovery

“Rosecrance: Hope in Recovery,” originally created by Solidline Media for the 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit, features Rosecrance alumni discussing the positive effect Rosecrance treatment has had on their lives.

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 announced

The event is set for Thursday, May 10

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 is set from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at two Gensler Gardens locations. Event locations are at 8631 11th Street in New Milford and at 102 Orth Road in Loves Park.

Choose from Gensler Gardens’ entire greenhouse selection of annuals, perennials and gorgeous hanging baskets at Rosecrance Flower Day 2012. All proceeds benefit Rosecrance programs and services.

While you visit, be sure to enter out drawing for a chance to win a beautiful garnet ring, courtesy of Busch Jewelers.