When Rhode Islanders without insurance or money need mental health services, they can turn to the Interfaith Counseling Center, a small nonprofit agency that has been helping the uninsured and underinsured for more than 30 years.
When the Interfaith Counseling Center needed fundraising help recently, they were able to turn to a small group of volunteers in East Greenwich. The result is Seeds of Hope, a fundraiser at 1149 Restaurant on Division Street on Thursday, March 26.
The help came – as help often does these days – by way of a Facebook post from ICC’s Christine King, herself an EG resident.
“We needed to hold a fundraiser but I knew I was going to need help,” said King. “I put it on Facebook that I was looking for people and people responded. The mission of the work we do spoke to them and they have put together a really great event. I’m blown away.”
For King, the commitment of the event volunteers – Susan Daley, Maureen Devine, Tracy Barron, Jennifer Martirano, and Sara Clarke – is just another sign that ICC is doing important work.
King sees the impact of the organization daily. She’s the one who does the initial intake with clients.
“They tell me their story and how many places have turned them down before they’ve reached us,” said King, noting that as of July 1, 2014, the state cut out all emergency mental health team funding and all funding for the uninsured and underinsured. “I realize we’re really filling a need.”
Many places will tell people to come back after they get health insurance, she said. “If people need help, somebody should be there regardless of their financial circumstances.”
Tickets for the Seeds of Hope event are $30 – online here or at the door. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction (featuring several pairs of Red Sox tickets among other items).