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People Matter 2018

Mental Illness

Mental illness is a nationwide issue that remains in the shadows. It’s hard to identify and even harder to explain. And it comes with a cost to our community, our families and our neighbors. 200,000 people in Wake County alone struggle with mental illness, and nonprofits are doing everything they can to make sure this problem is brought to light through research, education and treatment. Hear from two women on the front lines in the Triangle making sure mental health is in our future.

Annie Schmidt
NAMI Wake County

Addiction Recovery

The impact of addiction on people’s lives, families and communities is enormous. It’s a huge problem in the Triangle – for all ages and genders. The good news? Treatment is available, and recovery is possible. There are nonprofits in our community who are coming alongside those struggling with addiction – casting a vision for the future, restoring hope and empowering people to reclaim their lives. Hear from them directly as they share with you what’s happening right here in our backyard.

Chris Budnick
Healing Transitions

Wayne Edwards
Converting Hearts

Tracy Freeman
Healing Transitions

Tad Clodfelter
SouthLight Healthcare

Poverty Alleviation

Nearly 90,000 people in Wake County are living in poverty. They are our neighbors, but behind the scenes they may be coming out of crisis situations, earning minimum wage, struggling to provide childcare for their families or barely keeping a roof over their head. Thankfully, nonprofits in Wake County are stepping up to fight for poverty alleviation and create opportunities for our community to succeed and thrive.

Angela Coleman
Step Up Ministry

Lindsey Blankenhorn
Carroll’s Kitchen

Youth Development and Empowerment

Youth homelessness is one of the most invisible issues in our community. And kids aren’t being equipped for success. Hear stories of mentorship, education, development and empowerment from the people investing in the future generation of our city.

Christal Carmichael
Communities In Schools of NC

Patricia Cardoso
Haven House Services

Emmanuel Holder & Denzell Henry
Neighbor to Neighbor

Raleigh is thriving.
But not everything is great.

Many of our neighbors are struggling, invisible in our thriving city. Underdeveloped youth, poverty, unemployment and mental illness are just a few of the issues crippling our otherwise flourishing home.

But there are heroes in our community who dedicate their lives through their nonprofit work to loving our neighbors and championing our causes.

Join us as we highlight these heroes through a 2018 video series. Because they believe people matter. And so do we.

Blogs from the Series

Finding Healing in Community

Mental illness was always a reality in my family, but frequently relegated to back-room conversations. Even when close relatives were in treatment, it was never discussed in the open or brought up in gatherings like other medical problems. The stigma was strong enough to where it felt like a social ill—something that defined the character…

From Hurting to Helping

When my dad was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in 2001, I was a freshman in college. He was only 54, and the idea that anyone so young could have this foreign-sounding disease seemed unfathomable. It was isolating for our family, for my dad and for me. Over the course of almost ten years, we…

Horses Providing Healing

“What are you doing here, midget?” The class bully questioned me in 5th grade. “Still haven’t grown?” he asks in 6th grade. “Can you even reach the top shelf?” he continues in 7th grade. Now, I’m in 8th grade. My self-confidence is smaller than my height, and my anxiety is so tall I can’t contain…

Mental Illness at Home and in our Community

Words can’t begin to describe the pain of a mother burying her son due to suicide. Unfortunately, some of us witness it firsthand—I did nine years ago. I watched my mother-in-law grieve deeply for a son who took his life after years of suffering from a brain disease—bipolar disorder. Kenny “seemed to be getting better.”…

A Story of Redemption

When I started using drugs at the age of 11, I had no idea where it would lead. I’d heard the warnings, but I thought I could outsmart the people that end up overdosing, homeless or without family. When I became addicted to hard drugs at age 20 though, all those problems started appearing in…

Welcoming a Stranger to a Home

Addiction is a disease. It’s an epidemic in our communities. So how do we best serve those who are seeking treatment for their disease? Many addicts go to short-term residential centers where they learn about their disease and gain the tools they need for treatment. But what happens to them when they’re released from the…

An Overdue Acknowledgment of Unsung Heroes

WRAL’s 2017 documentary, Searching for a Fix, features the story of Trinlie Yeaman, a mother doing what any parent would do to save their child from opioid addiction. In a space of just over five minutes (6:57 to 12:07) we hear Trinlie’s efforts to help her daughter Zoe, who at age 17 revealed that she was…

People Matter: Addiction Recovery

The impact of addiction on people’s lives, families and communities is enormous. It’s a huge problem in the Triangle – for all ages and genders. The good news? Treatment is available, and recovery is possible. There are nonprofits in our community who are coming alongside those struggling with addiction – casting a vision for the…

A Story of Healing and Transitions

I was 34 years old when I entered the doors of Healing Transitions. I was broken and desperate for a dramatic and much needed change in my life. My childhood dreams of becoming a nurse like my mother and grandmother had vanished due to my addiction. I was incapable of being a mother to my…

Finding Hope in Community

Like many of us, Anissa and her two daughters once lived without fear of where they were going to lay their head each evening. Then a bad break up with her boyfriend caused him to move out, and Anissa, now solely in charge of rent and utilities, found herself unable to pay the bills. Despite…

Collaborating to Fight Unemployment

“I haven’t been able to find a stable job in years and have no idea what else to do. I’m losing hope.” As Deborah* sits across from me, wiping tears from her eyes, she shares how she’s been unable to find stable, full-time employment since being laid off more than three years ago. “I have…

Standing on the Edge of Poverty

Have you ever had to live paycheck to paycheck? Do you know what it’s like to experience what appears to be “small problems of everyday life” but are actually devastating circumstances? Have you had “simple” car problems or medical issues that led you to the edge of a financial crisis? Sadly, and surprisingly, many people…

A Picture into Homelessness

The picture in Kiona’s hand was hard to look at: in the foreground, a pink and green rug and a white dresser with a lamp and pile of toys on top; in the background, a toddler-sized bed with a rumpled pink blanket and stuffed bear. Small sticks and branches littered the floor and the bed.…

Are You Really Too Busy?

Are you a busy person? Let me guess, you are. We’re all SO busy these days, and we wear our busyness like a badge of honor. Our standard response to, “Hey, how are you?” is, “Ugh, I’m SO busy. Let me tell you all the things that are keeping me so busy.” Blah, blah, blah.…

Transforming a Generation

I literally got mad at my microwave this morning. “How long should it take to reheat a cup of coffee?” I grumbled as I hit another 20 seconds on the key pad. Then I stopped, had a moment of clarity, and began to laugh. How absurd was it to get mad at losing 20 seconds…