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December 20, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013

Working to continue helping those in need

United Way of Cass County Indiana has made a decision to remove Mental Health America in Cass County as a member agency after over 60 years of service ... We have been informed by their Executive Committee and Board of Directors that we no longer are an effective and efficient agency to serve the unmet needs of people in our community with mental illness.

For those donors in our community that expressed discontent with the funds they have given UWCC for our agency: We are very sorry that our job performance has disappointed you. When we walk in to do our job each day, we enter with the intention to do the best job possible. Many times the people we work for are disgruntled by our decisions. The job is trying at best. We do have many situations where we are thanked by our clients and community people. This makes the rough times worth all of it.

This decision by the United Way decreases our income by over 40 percent. This is a huge loss for our organization. Our Board of Directors will be meeting and discussing possible ways to generate income and continue the advocacy for people with mental illness we so strongly believe in.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, we will be on our own as an agency. We sill still be a 501(c)3 able to accept all items needed for the people we serve and any financial donations gifted to us by people in the community. Mid-December we received a generous contribution from an anonymous donor through Security Federal Bank believing we do a great service for people with mental illness. Caring people like this will assist us in giving valuable services to people otherwise lost in our community.

For all of those people who have supported us by way of any means, we thank you and continue to ask for your ongoing support. Your contribution may be made out to: Mental Health America of Cass County, 421 12th St., Logansport, IN, 46947.

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