Fall is Here

Fall is here! Already this month we have gone to:
the Free Store at Miami Shores Baptist Church,
Windmill Farm Market to go on a hayride and to
get a pumpkin, took an educational tour of Walton
House Museum and went to Sam’s Club
(ob shadowing) for an idea ofjobs available for
persons with disabilities that can be hired at Sam’s
or Wal-Mart.

I would like to thank everyone at The Castle for
electing me as President. I feel it is a honor and a
privilege. I will try to fulfill all my duties and
obligations and help anyone in anyway I can. I will
enjoy being president and I will try to work with
everyone. Any ideas for future outings or if you
have any concerns please share it with me.
I would also like to thank the stafffor all their hard
work and kindness (especially the cooks, who
prepare all the great food each day)

Thank you again for my election as president and here’s to a great and fun 2014.

Rick C.
Castle Member President

Prayer Corner

Pray for Julie’s Mom
Pray for Beth’s grandma
Pray for Pete Brenner’s heart
Pray for Debbie’s children
Pray for Craig Westery for gainful employment And family pet Zuess
Pray for all our members, physical health & well-being
Pray for Our friends and churches that support the Castle
Castle Staff, members and volunteers,
America, our nation and it’s leaders, and our U.S. military Forces.

Greetings from San Antonio, Tx.

I attended the National Alliance on Mental Illness Conference from June 27 to June 30. There were literally dozens of workshops offered to the over 2000 attendees on everything from schizophrenia to bi-polar disorder to manic depression to eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa. There were workshops held concerning the growing population of Hispanics in the US, the high rate of depression and unemployment among college students and seminars on Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders. A gallery of photographs done by people with mental illnesses was presented. I made it a point to network with as many people from across the United States as I could. I met many people, professionals and consumers from all walks of life who have direct experience with mental illness and I listened intently to the devastating stories they had to tell. It was an overwhelming experience and I hope to attend and possibly present a consumer workshop next year in Washington DC. Thanks so much to all folks who allowed me to attend. It was an experience I will never forget. Remember as the theme of the conference said: Together we can make a difference. Believe me we really can one day at a time one student a day.

Thanks again until next month your friend, Ronald A Valerin – President