Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, announced today that it is partnering with Middle Tennessee Girl Scout troops to provide holiday ornaments to individuals and families impacted by floods that devastated the Middle Tennessee region in May 2010. Created and donated by more than 100 Middle Tennessee Girl Scout troops, nearly 2,500 ornaments are being delivered to flood victims by Centerstone’s Tennessee Recovery Project staff members.
“This holiday season may be especially difficult for people who experienced overwhelming emotional trauma during the May floods,” said Becky Stoll, Director of Crisis Services for Centerstone. “Because of the creativity and generosity of local Girl Scout troops, Centerstone staff members are reaching out to those in need, offering a small gesture of holiday cheer to thousands of flood victims who may still be suffering this holiday season. This partnership is so important, because often it’s the smallest acts of kindness that mean the most to the people we serve.”
“Community service is at the core of our Girl Scout programming,” says Jenny Myhr, Senior Program Manager at Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. “From an early age, girls are taught the importance of giving back to their communities in many different ways. We are so proud of the girls who eagerly volunteered to participate in this project.”
In addition to the donations from local Girl Scout troops, Centerstone also received a large donation of ornaments from North Crest Medical Center in Robertson County.
(L to R, front row) Girl Scouts from troop 674, Ilah Waals, Claire Rohledler and Grace Sullivan present handmade ornaments to Tennessee Recovery Project staff members (L to R, back row) Barbara Polidura and Mary Spurlin.
The Tennessee Recovery Project is a grant awarded to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Disabilities (TDMHDD) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in conjunction with theFederal Emergency Management Agency. The grant provides free crisis counseling and educational information to individuals impacted by the severe storms, historic flooding and tornados that devastated much of Middle Tennessee in May 2010. Centerstone is one of five behavioral healthcare providers that received grant funding from TDMHDD to implement the Tennessee Recovery Project.
If someone you love needs help, call Centerstone’s 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Hotline at 800-681-7444.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.