Fostering Social Change

Promise Resource Network is a prime example of fostering social change.  PRN is playing an integral role in the shift toward a recovery-oriented system of care that is replacing the more traditional illness-based mental health and substance use system.  Instead of perpetuating dependency and low expectations, PRN inspires hope and serves as a catalyst for personal greatness.  Advocacy efforts in conjunction with supports, education and opportunities are connecting people to recovery supports while reducing the barriers of shame and discrimination.

You too can foster social change, by joining the Recovery Movement, starting your own initiative or supporting existing efforts.

With so much information about recovery, there are numerous opportunities to learn the facts. PRN offers training, presentations, and classes, most of which are free. The website also provides additional information in the  Advancing Recovery Education section.  There are blogs, advocacy organizations, films, and national technical assistance centers all devoted to disseminating information. Recovery knowledge is Recovery POWER- be EMPOWERED!

 

Additional information is available at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) site.  SAMHSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation

SAMHSA recently released The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.  It is the first report on this important topic and aims to shift the way our society thinks about substance misuse and substance use disorders while defining actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions.

In order to make real change, we need to get involved in solutions. Whether that is in our local community, our state or nationally, there are so many ways to get connected. Every state has recovery initiatives, programs, advocacy organizations and peer movements. You don’t see one you like? Create it! That’s how we got started at PRN- we had a gap, we worked to create a solution.

The following organizations have developed many initiatives that you may be interested.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and reduce barriers. Visit the SAMHSA website to learn about their programs and resources related to behavioral health  in connection to everything from Justice Transformation to helping people find shelter.

 

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) helps educate the Administration, Members of Congress and governmental agencies on the concepts of recovery, the benefits of community integration, and the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation to ensure federal laws, regulations, and funding support recovery-oriented practices, eliminate discrimination and stigma, and improve the delivery of mental health services.

There are many misconceptions and misinformation about mental health and substance use challenges and those living, working, and thriving with them! With all of the negative, inaccurate portrayals, our community is in need of individuals and families to inform others about recovery. The truth is, the majority of people with these experiences do recover (over 65%!) but often don’t speak about their life in recovery. Let’s share the facts.

Visit Advancing Recovery Education to expand your knowledge.

A small investment provides necessities like socks, food and tarps for our community members in need of shelter.  Large investments create additional opportunities and support initiative like:

  • Promise Health and Wellness Center of Charlotte will promote health, wellness, nutrition, education, yoga, meditation, and fitness.
  • Supported Employment Program Expansion  The most direct path to recovery is through employment and NC has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation for people with mental health diagnoses. The Supported Employment team is working to eliminate this 85% Unemployment Rate and works with people who may have criminal histories, homelessness, hospitalizations, and have been labeled with mental health or substance use disorders. The program involves preparing people for employment and then providing on-going support to the business and employee.
  • Front-End Re-Entry Program  The lives of many who cycle in and out of jail are unstable at best. Substance use, job and housing instability, mental illness, and a host of health problems are part of the day-today realities for a significant share of this population. This program supports people as they navigate the incarceration experience and determine how to use their time to begin the recovery process, as well as prepare for employment, housing and life after incarceration.

Your donation can make a real difference in supporting Recovery!  Please visit the Donate Page or send a check or money order payable to: Promise Resource Network, Inc, Attn: Invest In Recovery, 1041 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28205.

We are always in need of generous donations of supplies and in kind items and can always use the following supplies:

  • Travel Size Toiletries
  • Tents and Tarps (for our community members in need of shelter)
  • Rolling Suitcases / Book Bags
  • Phone Cards (for minutes)
  • Wal-Mart Gift Cards (for staff to purchase items for the people PRN supports)
  • Laundry Detergent Pods / Dryer Sheets
  • Bath Size Towels
  • In-Kind Food Donations for Events / Coffee (prepackaged in filters) / Sugar / Creamer
  • Toilet Paper / Napkins
  • Disposable Eating Utensils
  • General Office Supplies
  • Arts and Craft Supplies
  • Interview Clothing / Work Uniforms / Socks (New)

We are looking for volunteers! If you are a person in recovery from mental health challenges and wish to volunteer or are someone who is interested in donating your time. Volunteers and peers work together to identify the interests and abilities. Examples can include: facilitating groups, teaching computer skills, running art activities, and organizing special events. If interested, fill out the form below.

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