Mental Health Honors Outstanding Volunteers
September 24, 2008
Columbia, SC - On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH), held a ceremony honoring its outstanding volunteers at Morris Village Treatment Center in Columbia.
State Director John H. Magill presented outstanding volunteers from across the state with certificates of appreciation and thanked them for so generously giving their time and talents to assist DMH clients. The agency's volunteers provide services ranging from the donation of clothing, books and hygiene packs to providing discounted dental care.
Last year, 6,631 DMH volunteers provided 112,893 hours of service and donated $13,129,955 in goods and services to DMH centers and facilities across South Carolina. In addition, the department's Community Resource Development program provided opportunities for 158 clients to volunteer in various programs across the state, and, through this process, take their first steps to full time employment.
“We are grateful to the individuals, organizations and businesses who are so dedicated to our clients,” said Sue Perry, director of Community Resource Development, "though the numbers and dollar amounts associated with the volunteer program are exceptional, there is no way to estimate the true value of what these people contribute."
Honored at the ceremony were: Lowethel Bloome, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cook, Mariscia Cooper, Angel Dawson, Beverly DiThomas, Verliese Fair, Reverend Bill Green, Connie Gray, Carol Huie, Jamee Miller, Audrey Pelkey, NeKeysa Pinckney, Willette Pressley, Robert Price, Jameka Rembert, Loren Robinson, Verna Robinson, Marty Sennema, Kathy Seymour, Jo Shealy, Sean Siberio, Rosa Simmons, Jeanette Lynn Smith, Vickie Starr, Dillard Thompson, Mildred Turpin, Annie Williams, Rovenia Williams, Bethlehem Church of Columbia, First Baptist Church of Columbia, From Richland with Love, H. Rubin vision Centers of Columbia, Lilac Garden Club, Park Street Baptist Church of Columbia, and Piedmont Dental Center.
The Department of Mental Health serves approximately 103,000 citizens including 33,000 children and adolescents with mental illnesses. The Department provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics. It also operates four psychiatric hospitals as well as three nursing centers, including two for veterans.
###Contact: DMH Office of Public Affairs Phone: (803) 898-8581