Donna Dickman Honored with ADAPAO’s Member of the Year Award
Donna took the helm of Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF) as the first full-time director in the early 2000’s. Donna immediately set about establishing community connections for collaborating on important prevention topics. The early days of PVFF saw a diversity of programming centered around personal wellness through violence prevention. She became immersed in the ACT Raising Safe Kids initiative as well as focused on bullying prevention and spoke to countless kids about safe dating choices.
At times, with the ebb and flow of funding streams, Donna worked out of the trunk of her car to ensure community needs were being met and that every dollar was being spent for the betterment of our citizens.
In the late 2000s there was a growing awareness of the need for suicide prevention in the community. Not being one to shy away from important topics, Donna jumped at the chance to form suicide prevention coalitions in Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin counties. When Mental Health First Aid rolled out, Donna was one of the first people to be trained in both adult and youth content. She has been recognized by the National Council as one of the top trainers in the nation.
In 2019, PVFF recognized the changing landscape of prevention and shifted focus to provide programming for all ages in areas of parenting, substance use prevention, mental health, suicide prevention, and postvention services. At the same time, PVFF changed its name to Prevention Awareness Support Services (PASS).
Additionally, PASS opened an office in Union County to provide prevention services to its residents. Donna was so passionate about opening the satellite office, she drove 60 miles each way for an entire year to open and grow that office into a thriving prevention provider in Union county.
Donna’s hard work resulted in PASS growing from one full-time employee in 2005 to 23 full-time employees in 2020. Donna entered a new chapter of life by dropping back to part-time to enjoy semi-retirement in July 2020. She continues to teach Mental Health First Aid in our communities.
We cannot think of a more deserving person for this award for working upstream, at times, to promote prevention efforts not only in Lima and surrounding counties but pressing for expanded services in Union County.
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board has been honored to work with Donna for many years. We owe Donna a significant amount of gratitude for all the prevention services she has created and delivered to our residents. Congratulations Donna, your passion and work have been phenomenal.
Pandemic Hope & Resilience Virtual Workshop
The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize & Hardin Counties along with grant funding is helping Cornerstone of Hope Lima bring the Pandemic Hope & Resilience Workshop to our communities. The next few workshops are virtual! The workshops are free and for ages 13 and up.
Saturday, Nov. 21st, 9 am-10:30 am
Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 6 pm-8 pm - “Through the Holidays” edition
Monday, Dec. 21st, 9 am-10:30 am
This pandemic has touched everyone’s life in some way. The ripple effect has impacted job security, emotional and mental health, relationships, experiences, memories, celebrations, faith, and more. And the prolonged stress of the uncertainty is taking a toll. However, there is hope! We are equipped with incredible minds and tools to use to help rein in our thoughts and take action steps that positively impact our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. We are created to be resilient and to live with hope!
"Through the Holidays" Edition - In addition to the Hope & Resilience Workshop, practical tools and ideas will be given to help manage expectations, family dynamics, and shifts in holiday traditions due to the pandemic.
Learn more about the workshop and register at cornerstoneofhopelima.org/workshop.