NAMI re­lo­cates to Ch­ester Town­ship

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News - By Chad Fel­ton cfel­[email protected]­ald.com @be­lievethatcfnh on Twit­ter

NAMI Geauga County is start­ing the new year in a new lo­ca­tion.

For­merly lo­cated on the square in Chardon, at 107 South St., the or­ga­ni­za­tion is now at May­wood Cen­tre, 8389 May­field Road, Suite A-2.

The new 2,400-square­foot lo­ca­tion, pre­vi­ously home to an in­sur­ance busi­ness and a sep­a­rate bou­tique, is two times larger than NAMI Geauga County’s for­mer space.

Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Jenn Bar­tone said the most ex­cit­ing as­pect of the re­lo­ca­tion is be­ing able to reach more fam­i­lies in Ch­ester Town­ship.

“We were sup­ported in such an amaz­ing way in Chardon, but this al­lows us to reach so many more peo­ple within Geauga County. I’m really look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the Ch­ester­land com­mu­nity and the gov­ern­ment bod­ies of the town­ship.”

One of the big­gest ben­e­fits of the re­lo­ca­tion, Bar­tone added, other than be­ing more cen­trally lo­cated in the county, is be­ing in a ground floor unit.

“No more stairs. This space is much more con­ducive for those with dis­abil­i­ties. And our goal this year is to start our an­nual Walk (for Men­tal Health fundraiser) from here in­stead of go­ing some­where else and rent­ing a fa­cil­ity.

“And our staff and our sup­port groups have both dou­bled, so the space we have is amaz­ing,” Bar­tone said. “That’s im­por­tant; be­ing some­one to turn to in the com­mu­nity is a bless­ing. The aware­ness con­tin­ues to grow.”

The new space now al­lows the Na­tional Al­liance on Men­tal Ill­ness Geauga County to hold mul­ti­ple sup­port groups in one night with all of the staff to­gether.

Ad­di­tional park­ing is also a big ben­e­fit, Bar­tone noted.

“Trans­porta­tion op­tions are also huge here, be­ing at (state Route) 306 and (U.S. Route) 322.”

Hav­ing been in Ch­ester Town­ship just un­der two months, Bar­tone en­vi­sions the or­ga­ni­za­tion grow­ing even more.

“When I started three years ago, I think it was more about word of mouth, fam­i­lies telling other fam­i­lies that we’re a re­source, but now other agen­cies and fa­cil­i­ties are rec­og­niz­ing us. Peo­ple are more aware and with this move, we’re able to help so many more peo­ple.

“To fi­nally get the recog­ni­tion of NAMI’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and how far we can reach and how much we can help change the lives of those af­fected by men­tal health is so im­pact­ing and re­ward­ing,” she said.

“We were sup­ported in such an amaz­ing way in Chardon, but this al­lows us to reach so many more peo­ple within Geauga County. I’m really look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the Ch­ester­land com­mu­nity and the gov­ern­ment bod­ies of the town­ship.” — Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Jenn Bar­tone

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