LOSS TEAM HELPS SUICIDE SURVIVORS
The LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team is a highly trained group of individuals, with the optimal makeup of 50% suicide survivors, who will go to the scenes of suicides and disseminate information about local resources and be the instillation of hope for the newly bereaved. The aproach was designed to complement the services provied at the scene of a suicide by adding a new team of first responders. There are three types of responses LOSS Teams make:
1) Traditional at the scene - immediate response
2) Death notification - immediate or out of county response
3) Delayed response - at the homes of survivors, at funeral visitation, or funeral service
The goals of the LOSS Team approach are to:
1) Allow survivors opportunity to start healing immediately
2) Give permission for families and loved ones to talk about their experience
3) Link new survivors in their community so they do not feel so alone
4) Share needed information and resources with survivors immediately
5) Provide mental health services "fast-tracked" through Coleman Behavioral Health
The LOSS Team is truly a valuable asset to our community, especially those struggling with the loss of a loved one due to suicide.
UMADAOP OPENS HOME FOR WOMEN + CHILDREN
The Georgia Allen Newsome Home for Women and Children is designed for women who have children and are seeking AoD treatment services. Our goal is to offer women who have young children under the age of 12 with a desire to become sober a range of services to help obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle without disrupting the family unit. Services are designed to promote the empowerment of women to seek social change and redress the imbalance with healthy, drug-free lifestyle and environment. Participants who reside in the home will be involved with AoD treatment with the Lima UMADAOP agency and will also receive case management, transportation, clothing referrals, and support for family reunification, career development, educational goals, and essential life skills services. The home can support up to seven females with up to two children each.
MEET JOHN BINDAS - FRC
John J. Bindas Sr. will began his role as President/CEO of The Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio on June 27, 2016.
John has an extensive record of service in non-profit social service organizations and association work. His prior social service experience includes 16 years with Volunteers of America, Michigan, a $15 million, 300 + employee, non-profit agency serving in many roles including his last role as Chief Operating Officer. As a result, John developed expertise in leadership of all operations including: Social Services Programming, Program Development, Thrift Systems, Training and Accreditation, Community Engagement, Fund Development, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Information Technology.
In his most recent role he served as CEO of the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan working with MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) and 118 school based health centers across Michigan. In this capacity, John was also the registered lobbyist agent for the organization and advocated on behalf of the organization's members. John had great success in his advocacy efforts, orchestrating a grassroots movement to re-establish $2 million in funding with a $4 million Medicaid match back into the 2016 Michigan state budget for school based health centers.
John looks forward to working with staff members and the community to fulfill the mission of The Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio. He states "The Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio has a long-standing tradition of serving the community and clients throughout Northwest Ohio with passion and distinction. It is truly an honor to join this FRC team of professionals who are so dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives and reach their full potential."