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Help Rachel Attend GA and Present About Disabilities!

I am a person with multiple invisible disabilities pursuing ministry to help all religious spaces become more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. My proposal was chosen which is amazing and wonderful but I need help getting there. I would love to experience all of GA. Help me reach my goal!  My program info is below:

PROGRAM TITLE :

Dis-Abilities: A Discussion on Inclusion, Accessibility and Identity

SCHEDULED DATE & TIME:

Saturday 6/22/2019, 1:30:00 PM – 2:30:00 PM

FACILITY AND ROOM:           

Convention Center — 300A

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

People with disabilities often struggle with accessibility and inclusion within religious spaces. How do we have meaningful discussions within our congregations on how to be truly welcoming to people with disabilities? Join Rachel Carter, an advocate and person with multiple disabilities as we discuss this topic, share ideas, and stories.

The breakdown of funds are:

$1009 Flight and Car

$425 Registration

$375 Home Hospitality

Help John get...

My name is John Bloom-Ramirez, and I am a recent graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School.  I am scheduled to see the Ministerial Fellowship Committee on September 28, 2018 and really could use assistance in funding my trip to Boston.  I am currently underemployed – working for now 7 hours a week for a local church as their office administrator, so we are living off my husband’s income as an hourly supervisor at Disneyland.  Making ends meet otherwise has been rough, and this assistance will help me complete this extensive journey toward fellowship!

Mental Health First Aid

I am a UU who has a passion for improving the lives of those impacted by mental illness. As the mother of 2 sons with bipolar disorder, I have returned to school so I can help affect change. This month I finished my first semester at Boston University’s School of Theology. I plan to become a UU Chaplain and educate and advocate through a mental health ministry.

The intersection I am standing at in the picture is where one of my sons was in 2010 when he was having a mental health crisis. He stood in the middle of the street throwing CD cases at cars and yelling. Most motorists swerved around him and some screamed in anger. There was just one woman who stopped. She unrolled her car window and asked if he needed help. He replied, “Yes,” and she got out of her car and led him to the curb. This stranger sat and talked with him until the police came. We never found out who she was, yet she made all the difference that day.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that teaches how to assist someone who is facing a mental health or substance use challenge. I want to teach MHFA because 1 in 5 people has a mental health condition, and anyone can encounter someone in crisis like my son was that day. I have a strong foundation for teaching the course. My background is working as an RN, and I recently completed a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

A great place to start in providing mental health education is within our churches. Your contribution will allow me to attend an MHFA 5-day training in June, covering the cost of the course, travel, and lodging. Completing this training will certify me to teach the class which I will then be able to offer UU ministers and congregants in the greater Boston area. You can find out more information regarding MHFA at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/. Thank you for your support.