History and Supporters

We are a group of individuals recovering our mental health who first became acquainted through the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshops in this region. Beginning around 2008 some of us became trained and certified as WRAP Facilitators ourselves and began meeting twice monthly in an on-going support group format. We referred to our group as Recovery in Motion (RIM) and used that identification as we arranged and sponsored mental health public awareness activities that became annual events. By 2010, we were conducting nine-week WRAP self-help workshops about four times annually in various venues with grant funds obtained on our behalf by Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. We were also providing a monthly newsletter to our peers with self-help tips and information on resources, trainings, employment and changes in related law. 

Starting in January 2013, nearly thirty individuals joined the campaign to incorporate and open a dedicated support service center. A governing board has been identified which incorporated as a “non-stock” entity, which is Virginia terminology for a nonprofit .

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) has agreed to partially support the cost of our Service Center space in their Community Collaboration Zone space at their Community Resource Center.  They worked with RIM leadership to design a floorplan of a suite of four rooms and are also making available other meeting spaces and a break room.

Two funds within the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region have made significant start-up grants.  The Robert Culelen O'Neill Memorial Fund granted $5,000 and the Share Our Selves Fund has granted in 2013 about $13,000. 
The Fredericksburg Area PC Users Group has donated three new laptop computers and has donated funds for required software. 
Professionals in the community in fields such as law, business and finance have publicly pledged to be available as needed.  Dozens of Peer members and their families and friends have donated over $5,000 during 2013.
RIM leadership stays in close contact with the Virginia State Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, which funds other similar Peer-run mental health centers around the state so that RIM can be eligible for such funds in the future. 

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