“I don’t have to travel this road alone.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014


NAMI Fox Valley staff and volunteers support and empower those affected by mental illness.

Contributors: Wendy Magas, Communications Director at NAMI Fox Valley and Sonia Barham, Executive Director at SOAR Fox Cities

Join us for our next United Way Experience tour…there are only two spots left! Learn about how United Way partners with NAMI Fox Valley and SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. (formerly The Arc Fox Cities) to improve lives of individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. The tour is on Wednesday, August 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at 211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton. Sign-up to attend the tour. To get a sneak peek of the topics covered on the tour, keep reading...

NAMI Fox Valley, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is an energetic and innovative nonprofit that is dedicated to providing help, hope and support to those affected by mental illness. For more than 30 years, NAMI Fox Valley, which serves Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, and northern Winnebago counties, has had a powerful and positive impact on the lives of people living with mental illness and their families. The agency and its dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to provide essential education, advocacy, outreach, and support programs for people living with mental illness, their loved ones and our community. One recent participant describes her involvement with NAMI Fox Valley as life-changing: "NAMI Fox Valley gave me tools to cope with my illness on a daily basis and helped me blossom into a productive member of society. And I learned that I don't have to travel this road alone."

SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. formerly known as The Arc Fox Cities, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides services to promote the general welfare of individuals with developmental disabilities. Since their beginning in the mid 1950's, SOAR has been instrumental in the creation of other Fox Cities agencies such as Lakeside Packaging Plus. They provide a safe environment to promote the general welfare of individuals with developmental disabilities. They empower and support families in problem solving and decision making, collaborate with all community agencies and professional groups, and advocate with families and guardians for persons with developmental disabilities. Their goal is to be a source of information and referral to promote better understanding of developmental disabilities. Presently, SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. has a membership of over 1,000 individuals in the Fox Valley area and has touched over 4,500 lives.