The Gift of Voice "story" begins with a woman who experienced hopelessness, homelessness, hallucinations, hospitalizations and more because of mental health challenges she did choose, nor did she want. After numerous suicide attempts, she felt like a person living in a concentration camp - - alive on the outside, but dead on the inside. Miraculously, she was able to participate in a training where she met people who had recovered from the most debilitating of life circumstances. She got her hope back and began to fight for life - her life and the lives of others - to the same extent she once fought for death with suicide attempts. Her name is AJ French and she is ready to change the world!
Today, French is considered a subject matter expert on mental health recovery and has conducted numerous trainings and keynote engagements across the country. She has a relentless desire to cultivate cultures conducive to mental health and wellness, using her personal experiences with Recovery Education, Advocacy Support and Christian Responsibility as a professional template for Gift of Voice. She has sought out and secured highly qualified Board Members to develop a training center that will positively influence the health of individuals, communities and congregations across the globe.
Each Gift of Voice Board Member has their own "story" about why this work is so very important. In the days ahead, we will update our donors with their compelling motivations for making mental health recovery and social justice a reality for the masses. For now, we have a goal of raising or exceeding $50,000 by the end of 2016. Will you help us reach our goal?Will you help us make the world a healthy place to live? Thank you for your consideration, encouragement and support!
Gift of Voiceis an emerging mental health education and advocacy organization that already has local, state and national activities planned for 2017. Below is a list of some of the needs and activities that the organization will take on in the upcoming year. The Board of Directors are powerfully motivated to cultivate the health of individuals, communities and church congregations. Photos are of our Board Members during our Inaugural Annual Meeting in Springfield, Illinois.
Become a "Founding Funder" and help us launch Gift of Voice!
Please note that your donations are not tax deductible as we are trying to raise funds to apply for 501(c)3 status and other startup expenses.
$300 – QuickBooks Pro
Your gift of Any Amount for Accountant Fees.
$850 – 501(c)3 Application
Your Gift of Any Amount toward Attorney Fees.
$15.00 – Box of Envelopes
$49 – Roll of Stamps
$48 – Case of Ten Reams of Paper
$80 – Monthly Phone Service
$120 – Annual Fax Service
$849 - Desktop and Laptop Computers
$1,500 – Website Design
$100 – Monthly Website Maintenance
Your gift of Any Amount toward Staff Salary.
Chief Executive Officer - Administrative Assistant - Director of Training
Staff salaries make it possible to provide the following.
National Mental Health & Dignity Dayis a national event which Gift of Voice will be participating in at various locations across the country.
Advocacy Day at Illinois State Capitol is estimated to have 500 attendees consisting of individuals who participate in public healthcare and human service programs.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan®is a recovery education curriculum that will be facilitated at Gift of Voice headquarters.
Whole Health Action Managementis a health and wellness curriculum that will be facilitated at Gift of Voice headquarters.
These items are frequently used and needed in multiple quantities.
Please give what you can afford.
$2.00 – Three Ring Binders
$8.00 – Packaged Folders
$35.00 – Flip Chart Paper
$100 – Travel Expenses
$200 – Lodging Expenses