Rolling Ridge Snowmobile Club was started with the goal of keeping Pennsylvania State Game Land trails open for snowmobiling, as they were slated to close due to budget cuts.Along with the maintenance of trails, our efforts eventually led to our involvement in the saving of the snowmobile bridge that spans the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Faith Groups, Faith-based Community Organizations, church congregations, synagogues, temples, mosques are repeatedly asked to respond to a variety of community needs, including local, regional, county, and state (e.g., Department of Mental Health).
In instances where people have a disability and/or mental illness, the pastor/clergy or congregations, synagogues, mosques and/or temples may be hesitant to become involved.
However, people/communities with disability and mental illness, their families, guardians, caregivers and their problems remain.
Most recently, due to the present economic crisis, they have undoubtedly been knocking at the congregation’s, synagogue’s, mosque’s and temple’s doors.
How can the Faith Groups and Faith-based Community Organizations respond?
The values of World Faith Groups living/lifestyles create the potential for creating caring church’s, synagogue’s, mosque’s and temple’s.
A Faith Group, church, synagogue, mosque and temple can be the place where people with a disability and mental illness can find a place of welcome and hospitality.
The Faith Group, church congregation, synagogue, mosque and temple can be a place which supports both the person who is ill and the family as they struggle with the realities of living with a disability and/or mental illness.
This “Faith Group Symposium: Implementation & Self-Sustaining Topics on Mental Illness Outreach Ministries and Spiritual Awareness” is an innovative collaboration to help & assist All Faith’s have a better understanding of disabilities &/or mental illness & what we can do to be understanding & supportive of those who have disabilities and/or mental illness.
Beginning in the nineteen sixties, care and treatment of persons with disabilities and mental illness has improved dramatically with the introduction of new medications.
However, medical practice has out-paced practicality. In too many instances, people who are struck with a disability and/or mental illness – even those who approach society’s definition of normal – daily face an unsympathetic, unfair, and hostile society.