There's always room for everyone "at the table." Everyone invovled with re:TH!NK in some way, shape or form is considered a partner. Below are the involvement levels. If you'd like to get involved, let us know!
Organizational Partners: Organizations, agencies or groups that commit to the coalition through a signed agreement that specifies their commitment to the coalition's goals. Organizational partners designate at least one Member to actively participate in re:TH!NK's initiatives. Organizational partners are listed below.
Committee Members: Partners who regularly attend committee meetings and actively participate in the progress of committee goals.
Workgroup Members: Partners involved in a specific action item or project of a committee or community initiative.
Community Project Members: Partners invovled with an intiative not soley organized by re:TH!NK staff/leaders.
Affiliates: Partners who support coalition initiatives, but are not always actively invovled.
Sponsors: Supporters of re:TH!NK's efforts either financially or through an in-kind match.
Partner Organization Spotlight: Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley has been a key contributor and partner in extending mental health services and support to Winnebago County. In fall 2014, Samaritan extended its successful Connected Community Wellness Screen program to southern Winnebago County to include Oshkosh West and North high schools. This was a huge step in the right direction for mental health care for teens in our community.
The Wellness Screen program aims to identify mental health issues in teens at early stages, connect them to resources, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. After completion of its first year in Oshkosh public high schools, Wellness Screen screened over 200 high school students and provided education on stress and healthy coping skills in freshmen health classes. We are thrilled to support Samaritan as it will continue screening this fall. We are also proud to be a part of Samaritan Counseling’s partnership with the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection’s implementation of the Zero Suicide Initiative in our tri-county (Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago) area. Samaritan has put an incredible amount of time and energy into getting the Zero Suicide Initiative to the Fox Valley/tri-county area, and their work has been paying off as our area has been receiving recognition from Mental Health America for the progress that has been made in addressing mental health and suicide.
We thank Samaritan Counseling for all of its work and for being a strong partner in ensuring that mental health is treated as equally important as physical health in our communities!
Member Spotlight: Dave Tovar
We would like to highlight an outstanding member of re:TH!NK and the Winnebago County Heroin Task Force. David Tovar is a dedicated volunteer who introduced the use of GIS (geographic information system) to our organization as an essential tool in the fight against drug addiction. He is also a retired railroad engineer with the Canadian National (CN) Railroad. As a retired employee, he applied for and received a $500 award to donate to a community-based non-profit organization where he has volunteered at least 40 hours a year. Dave chose re:TH!NK. The goal of CN Railroaders in the Community is to help make CN communities better places to live and work by encouraging and supporting the involvement of their employees, their families and their retired employees. CN believes that by recognizing and supporting community volunteerism through donations to charitable organizations, CN can help to strengthen and improve the fabric of our communities.
re:TH!NK works with the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to build our Acorn fund as part of re:TH!NK’s sustainability plan. With this donation, we can help grow our Acorn fund or use the gift in a way that the Harm Reduction Pillar of the Heroin Task Force would see best.
Dave brings a kind heart, wisdom and a unique perspective to the harm reduction pillar. We are so grateful to have Dave a member of re:TH!NK. Thank you Dave and CN for your dedication to local communities!