"Raptors For Vets"

Fundraiser to announce “Homefront” 

a program to support veterans' services.

     On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 the Chocolay Raptor Center will host a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness Alger/Marquette. NAMI-A/M will introduce “Homefront”, their newest class for families,

partners, and friends of service members and veterans experiencing a mental health challenge.

     This fundraiser coincides with the arrival of the Traveling Vietnam Wall, and is a rare opportunity for the public to meet the Chocolay Raptor Center’s 3 ambassador raptors (great horned owl, red-tailed hawk, and peregrine falcon). The event begins at 5:30pm at Frazier’s Lake Superior Yacht Yard (adjacent to the Lake Superior Theatre and Mattson Park in Marquette).

     Suggested donation is $15 per person and children are free.

     For more information call 906-249-3598 or 906-360-7107.​​

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NAMI members complete “Homefront” training, a program for families and friends  
of military service members and veterans 

Judith Krause and Lorna Hanks, members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness/Alger-Marquette affiliate, have completed the NAMI “Homefront” training in Lansing, MI and will be offering a program in Marquette later this year. 

NAMI “Homefront” is a FREE, six-week education program for families, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge. Each weekly session lasts 2 ½ hours. The class will provide instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises. 

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it’s like to have a loved one with symptoms of a mental health condition. 

NAMI “Homefront” is an adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI “Family-to-Family” Program, which has been taught in VA facilities since the late 1990s. 

The goals of NAMI “Homefront” are to: 

  • provide the fundamental information necessary for the family to understand what the service member or veteran is experiencing including topics related to trauma, combat stress, substance use disorders, PTSD and other mental health conditions. 

  • help participants cope with the impact that mental health conditions have on the individual and the family. 

  • provide tools for the family to use even after completing the program that will assist them in responding as effectively as possible to challenging situations and crises. 

  • help the family learn to take care of their own needs in addition to those of their service member or veteran. 

The “Homefront” course will be offered Fall, 2016. For further information please contact Judith Krause at 906-362-6679. 

For more information about NAMI “Homefront” please visit: www.nami.org/homefront 

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What is NAMI?

  NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation's voice on mental illness, a nationwide organization with affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

 The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette offers confidential support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness. We are glad you are here!

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Monday, June 13 - Support Group, 7-9PM 

Wednesday, June 22 - Homefront Fundraiser through the Raptor Center

​   *Info: Susan (312)339-4874 (local #) or Cindy (906)360-7107


Monday, July 11 - Support Group, 7-9PM

Thursday, July 21 - Support Group, 7-9PM


Monday, August 8 - Support Group, 7-9PM

Thursday, August 18 - Support Group, 7-9PM


*NEW* 12 week Family2Family class will be starting!

Tuesdays, September 20 - December 6, 2016​, 6-8:30PM  

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