Hearts of Hope Campaign

The Gilead Congregational Church is helping to spread hope in our area! Join us in the spirit of community to keep spreading hope by placing a Heart of Hope in a window.

Red cling hearts are available to pick up in tubs in Hebron at AHM Youth and Family Services, Ted’s Supermarket, Ace Hardware, the Douglas Library, Gilead Congregational Church, UCC, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Church of the Holy Family, St. Columba’s, and at Richmond Memorial Library in Marlborough, and the Andover Library.

Our goal is not only to keep spreading hope, but also to support the mental health of our communities by raising funds for AHM’s Community Mental Health Fund. During this pandemic, there have been many challenges, and one of them has been the strain on our mental health. The AHM Community Mental Health Fund was started to support the mental health of children, youth, and families in our communities by making financial assistance available for those in need. Today the fund also supports young adults as well, through AHM’s commitment to now serving.

As Mr. Rogers said, “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” There are times in all of our lives when we can benefit from mental health support and we hope you will access resources for support, when needed, like those available at AHM Youth & Family Services.

We’re asking, in exchange for a heart and as a sign of hope, that you will go on-line and make at least a $10 donation to AHM Youth & Family Services to support the Community Mental Health Fund. You can do this by going to ahmyouth.org and click on “Make a Donation” in the upper right corner and designate the “Community Mental Health/Hearts of Hope” as the recipient. If you can consider donating more than $10, please do.

Through the leadership efforts of Gilead Congregational Church and the AHM Board of Directors in 2014, The Community Mental Health Fund (CMHF) was established through the generous support of the regional faith community in Andover, Columbia, Hebron, and Marlborough. Since then residents, businesses, and local civic groups have contributed to the fund annually. This special community fund helps residents seeking mental health support. The CMHF coincides with AHM’s ongoing commitment to providing mental health, juvenile justice, youth, and family development services for residents. The fund helps local children, teens, young adults, and families most in need of financial support and are experiencing struggles with a mental health issue. Local families or young adults seeking counseling services can contact AHM’s Counseling Department by calling, (860-228-9488). Please note that this phone number is not an emergency hotline. If you are experiencing a health or mental health crisis, call 911.

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