Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Gives $100,000 to Mental Health Association of Nassau County


A $100,000 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock will be used by the Mental Health Association of Nassau County to develop outreach campaigns aimed at seniors and veterans.

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HEMPSTEAD, NY (Oct. 20 2011) -- The Unitarian Universalist Congregation tat Shelter Rock has given the Mental Health Association of Nassau County a $100,000 grant to develop outreach programs aimed at veterans and seniors.

"The MHANC has identified a significant problem: a lack of public awareness and understanding of mental health issues and available resources for two important populations, seniors and veterans," said Barbara Grosmark, president of the Manhasset-based congregation. "The Mental Health Association of Nassau County carries out a mission that affirms Unitarian Universalist principles, including the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. We are particularly pleased to fund a cause that provides resources for underserved members of our community."

The MHANC, based in Hempstead, plans to use the funds to develop two distinct public outreach programs that will be launched this fall.

"This grant will be extraordinarily helpful in assisting us to reach out to two extremely vulnerable populations at a time when public funding for our efforts has diminished," John Javis, MHANC director of special projects, said. "We are grateful to the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock for its recognition of our mission and for its support."

Founded in 1940, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock is affiliated with more than 1,000 UU congregations across the continent. The congregation honors the diversity of beliefs and shared values of its members in serving its religious missions of worship, education for all ages, fellowship and social justice. The congregation is located at 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset. Religious services are held Sundays at 11 a.m. All are welcome. For more information go to www.uucsr.org

Founded in 1953, the Mental Health Association of Nassau County is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to improving mental health in the community through advocacy, education, program development and the delivery of direct services. To serve this often-neglected population, it focuses on educating the community-at-large and assisting people to get the services they need. Based in Hempstead, the MHA NC sponsors 31 services and programs to benefit adults, children and the community-at-large. For more information call (516) 489-2322 or go to www.mhanc.org