Happy Thanksgiving!

Written on by Mindy Haas

At Voice and Vision, it is our passion to be the Voice for those living with mental illness, addictions, and disabilities and to give flight to their vision.   As we reflect on the past year, we are proud of what we’ve accomplished.

College Plus.  A peer-led initiative, College Plus has been a stepping stone for the last 10 years into the college experience for 159  individuals with mental illness or co-occurring disorders.  The peer support they receive provides the encouragement and confidence that they too can succeed in college. In turn, we are encouraged by our students who provide positive feedback each semester.  Take Sarah, for instance, who said: “[College Plus] opened up a job opportunity for me at a paralegal office.” Or, Lisa, who said, “I was nervous going back to school, but College Plus gives all the support to go when you doubt whether or not you can do it.”

Compeer matches caring, trained volunteers with adults in one-on-one, same-gender, co-equal friendships. We’ve seen how the strong bonds of friendship have helped people in mental health recovery lead happy, productive lives. We currently have 55 peer matches and 2 veteran matches  – with more in the pipeline!

Help and Hope Guide. Aptly named, our guide is fast becoming a must-have resource for families and professionals throughout Bucks County. We have distributed over 3000 copies in a little over a year. The guide provides families with information and support, helping navigate challenging situations and complicated systems to find the help they need. Accounts from other families with similar experiences offer insight into what others have experienced and found helpful.

You are receiving this letter because you have been a part of our story – whether it be through donations or referrals or other support- and we want to give THANKS for YOU and all that you have done to help us be successful in our endeavors.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Voice and Vision Team

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About Kathryn

Kathryn Lerro

Hi, I’m Kathryn Lerro, mother of two lovely daughters, wife of one fine man.

After 24 years of wandering (thanks to my husband’s Air Force career), we are back home on the East Coast. We currently live in Philadelphia where I enjoy writing, taking long walks, decorating my front window in South Philly tradition, talking to interesting people and eating great food.

As I’ve met people on my travels I’ve become keenly aware that most of us could use a healthy dose of encouragement. It is for this reason that I try to weave a message of hope into everything I write.

About Mindy

Mindy Haas

Hi, I am Melinda Haas, but you can call me Mindy.   A true introvert, I delight in solitude with a good book or a movie.  I like dabbling in nature photography while taking rigorous hikes.  I adore my husband who is a ton of fun.  He shares my wanderlust as well as my appetite for Indian and Thai food.  Very often, you’ll find us dancing to Cumbia in the kitchen while we make dinner.   We also love road tripping and exploring new places. (New England is our new favorite!)

Through my writing, I want to encourage and embolden others to push past the limits they place on themselves.  I want to help people see that they can accomplish more than they think they were capable of.


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