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The Director's Desk

November 2018


We are excited to share that Elevate has been named a finalist in Milwaukee BizTimes Media 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

As a finalist in the Nonprofit Collaboration Category, we will be recognized, along with other finalists, at a breakfast event on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

The award is designed to shine a light on the community impact of southeastern Wisconsin nonprofits. The program also salutes the work of for-profit organizations, executives and professionals who donate their time, talent and treasure to community causes.

More than 100 nominations were submitted for the program this year, and twenty-six finalists were named in eight different categories. An overall winner in each category will be announced on November 2nd.

Elevate was nominated as the result of its collaboration with various sectors of the Washington County community to establish the Treatment and Alternatives Diversion Program for both OWI and Opiates. Both programs emphasize the importance of engaging in a treatment process and developing a sober lifestyle in addition to taking personal accountability and committing to program requirements.

We are honored to be nominated for this award, as we have always had a strong commitment to collaboration within the communities we serve.  We know that collaboration is key to client and program success as well as to overall program sustainability.

The Dominican Center for Women and the Hunger Task Force as well as Outreach Community Health Centers have also been nominated in the Nonprofit Collaboration of the Year category.

Mary Simon
Executive Director

Seasonal Affective Disorder:

Things You Can Do Now and Throughout the Winter to Minimize Its Effect on You

Is your mood starting to take a nosedive as the temperatures plummet this fall? Do you find yourself wanting to curl up under a blanket and hibernate for the remainder of the fall and throughout winter?  If so, you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  If you have been diagnosed with SAD, there are a few things you can do to help even before you feel winter SAD coming on.

  • Try to spend some amount of time outside every day, even when it is very cloudy or try to rejuvenate your serotonin levels with a light box that features blue light-emitting diodes.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet and include sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals as recommended by the FDA. Studies have shown that the more produce you eat, the less likely you are to be anxious or depressed or to suffer from other mental disorders

  • Try exercising for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week. Exercise has been shown to be a blues beater!

  • Fight the urge to hibernate! Not only is it more fun to while away the winter with others, volunteer work, sporting activities and other social activities diminish the effects of the winter doldrums.

  • Consider consulting a mental health professional trained in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which has been demonstrated as an effective treatment for SAD. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

  • Talk to your doctor about antidepressant medication if your symptoms are severe or continue even after treatments such as bright light therapy.

If your symptoms become severe contact your primary care doctor right away or go to the nearest emergency room.

Elevate Expands Family Education and Support Group for Second Time This Year

Family members dealing with a loved one who has a drug or alcohol issue often feel ashamed, angry, afraid and overwhelmed. Many find it difficult to reach out for help—sometimes not knowing exactly what it is they need. Very often, they do not know where to turn.

Elevate Inc.’s Family Education and Support Group is expanding to be more accessible to support those in need in Washington County. 

Individuals and families may choose from one of the following weekly meeting times/locations:

NEW – Started October 25th

Divine Savior Lutheran Church
3200 Co. Rd. K, Hartford, WI. 53027
Group held in the lower level in room B-11
Enter via the main entrance under the canopy
10 a.m. to noon

Other Family Support Group Meeting Locations include:

Holy Angels Catholic Church
138 N. 8th Street, West Bend, WI. 53095
Group held in the Mission Room in the lower level of the Church.
Enter via the carport entrance off the main parking lot.
10 a.m. to noon

Elevate, Inc.
N169W21005 Meadow Lane, Jackson, WI. 53037
Group held in large conference room
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Group is free and open to the public. The program offers a “drop in” approach as you can attend as often or only as needed. You may also choose to participate at multiple locations based upon your schedule.

A trained facilitator provides education to help families understand the disease of addiction, how best to help their loved one while reclaiming their own quality of life.

The expansion of this program is due, in part, to a grant from the West Bend Community Foundation.

For more information, visit www.elevateyou.org or call 262-677-2216.


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