This spring, Lutherwood and two partner agencies invited former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk and his wife Joanie (above photo) to speak before a crowd of 350 people about living with a mental illness. By speaking out, celebrities like Clint and Joanie reduce the stigma of having a mental illness, encourage others to seek support and inspire people like former Lutherwood client Alex to help others.
Understanding the impact of reduced stigma is one of several factors that Lutherwood considered when it built its new strategic plan. The Road to 2020 - highlights three strategic directions that are already leading us to some fundamental organizational changes, such as building a more diverse and inclusive workplace that better supports the needs of our community.
Strategic planning is also an opportunity to reflect on how we have strengthened people’s lives. People like Mary Beth, who despite a solid educational background and international work experience, struggled to find a job. And Rick, who turned his life around with the support of Safe Haven staff. And generous corporate citizens like MTD, that make these changes possible through their unwavering support.
We could not have been this successful if not for the incredible support we receive every year from our staff and friends. Thank you for helping us strengthen the lives of people living in our community and beyond.
- Mr. Bill Allen, Chair, Board of Governors
- Dr. John Colangeli, Chief Executive Officer