We are going to ask you for a donation, but first let me explain why.

FACES has not been able to hold a fundraiser since October of 2019.  That means we “lost” the revenue from three fundraisers. While we are still working hard to fulfill our mission of supporting, educating and advocating for the families we serve, we are struggling.  Because 

FACES is funded solely by private donations and our yearly fundraisers, we are unable to cover the costs of doing the work we love.  So we are asking you, our loyal friend and supporter, for a much appreciated donation.  Your generosity will allow us to move forward with the positive and impactful programs described below.  

FACES teaches a part of the training for the Chesterfield County Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program, and we also participate in the training for new police recruits. CIT is a 40 hour training with the goal of positive outcomes for the person in crisis, their families, and law enforcement.

FACES is a co-founding member of the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition, which is composed of both local and nationwide organizations that are dedicated to educating the public about the risk factors and preventative measures that can be taken to help a loved one in crisis and prevent a suicide.  FACES has been instrumental in creating a well received presentation called Raise Your Voice About Suicide Prevention, drafting a Resolution to have September recognized as Suicide Prevention Month in Chesterfield County, and getting this Resolution passed by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.  In September 2020, FACES and the Coalition focused on a state-wide program called Lock and Talk Virginia, a program that encourages the responsible storage of medications, guns and other lethal means, and we successfully spoke with gun shop owners and pharmacies, asking them to post flyers about these safety measures. 

FACES is involved in many other meaningful projects, and now that there is some relief from COVID-19, we are participating again in person-to-person resource fairs and other 

community in-person events.  But the heart of our mission is the families who are caring for a loved one struggling with a mental illness.  Your donations allow us to facilitate a twice monthly family support group and to present informative and inspiring speakers at our 10 annual Community Education meetings, all free of charge and open to the public.  

We are so proud to serve our community and are so honored and grateful that we have you on our side to make a difference in people’s lives.  Your support means the world to us, and we wish you continued good health and fortune.  

Please considering making a generous donation to FACES.  Thank you. 

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