Archive for December 2017

BEP: Help Build the Dream

 Brookings Empowerment Project has had a dream since it was created. That dream is the creation of housing for individuals coming out of in-patient care back into community in Brookings. We have a plan, we have identified a property with potential, now we need funding. We are asking for your support to raise the $25000…

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BEP Requests Funding from County

The Brookings Empowerment Project continues with it battle against Mental illness Stigma by meeting with the Brookings County Commissioners recently. The meeting took place during the regular County Commission meeting and was broadcast locally. The purpose of the meeting was twofold: first, to inform the Commission about BEP and what it is doing in the…

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Starting a Crisis Intervention Team

In the interest of improving Brookings community’s response to mental health crises, representatives from law enforcement, the hospital emergency room, East Central Behavioral Health (ECBH), local and state National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI), and Brookings Empowerment Project (BEP) met to view the NAMI webinar, “Starting a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program: Steps for Success.”…

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The Person I Started Out to Be

“I KNOW TODAY, I’M NOT THE PERSON I STARTED OUT TO BE” – Craig Tschetter Author of FIFTEEN MINUTES AGO Grace Jones once said, “Everyone has to make their own decisions.  I still believe in that.  You just have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining.” At no time in my life have…

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January BEP Events

January 6th BEP Board Member and Committee Chair Training on media tools and our business processes as a non-profit. January 8th BEP Board Meeting 7 PM, second floor MetaBank. January 21 Family Support Group, 1330 So. Main, Faith Reformed Church 6:00 to 7:30 PM. January 22 Annual Networking Social for BEP Volunteers and Friends, 6-9PM Wooden Legs Brewery, side room. Find out…

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BEP Presents to Brookings City Councel

Last Tuesday evening,  members of the Brookings Empowerment Project presented an overview of BEP and our proposed transitional housing project. We were using this opportunity to educate the council about BEP, to outline the business plan we have developed for 2018, and to request funding from the city in support of our efforts. Here is a…

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Find a Way

“Mental trauma will never end, so one needs to find a way to face the pain every day in order to survive.” Craig Tschetter, USMC Author of FIFTEEN MINUTES AGO My very first psychiatrist, Dr. Ching, told me in 1981, “Your memories are never ever going to leave you. The sooner you accept what I’ve…

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