Free Mental Health First Aid Programs

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Mark Your Calendar…

We hope you will attend “Behind the Mask:  A Night in Venice” on Saturday evening, September 9th, at the Town & Country Inn & Suites.  This gala event will feature great food, fashion, and a party atmosphere.  All proceeds will benefit an important cause – the suicide prevention efforts of the Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at Ally’s Boutique (in the Maine Center – downtown Quincy) and Kristopher’s Hair Studio (511 Maine Street – downtown Quincy).




Thank You!

Transitions appreciates the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships for their enduring support of Transitions’ programs for children.  For 18 years, Little People’s golfers and the Little People’s Board of Directors have supported our agency’s services for young children.  We appreciate Nan Ryan’s vision that the Little People’s should be about more than golf – it should also be about “kids helping kids”.  Thank you, Nan, and all of the golfers through the years who have helped thousands of young children in our area! 



New Executive Director Named

The Board of Directors of Transitions of Western Illinois has announced the selection of a new Executive Director.  Effective September 1, Mark Schmitz will assume the duties of Executive Director Michael Rein, who will be retiring after 24 years of service.  Schmitz is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked as the Associate Executive Director at Transitions for 16 years.  Prior to coming to Transitions, Schmitz was the Executive Director of Cornerstone: Foundation for Families.  In making the announcement of this leadership change, Steve Schmitt, Board Chair stated: 

“The Board is very pleased to have someone with Mark’s experience in management and his knowledge of the Illinois social service system assume this leadership position.  It is a challenging time for not-for-profit agencies in lllinois.  With his knowledge of Illinois mental health and developmental disabilities services, his knowledge of the community, and his knowledge of Transitions’ programs and services, we anticipate a very smooth transition.

We have appreciated Mike’s 24 years of service to Transitions.  During his tenure the agency has grown, new programs and services have been provided to residents of the area, and Transitions has flourished.  We wish him well in his retirement.”



Thank You, Quincy Service League!

Transitions was recently awarded a $500 grant from the Quincy Service League.  This grant will purchase an IPAD Pro for the students at the Transitions School.  This large screen IPAD will assist our students who have visual impairments.  Thank you, Quincy Service League! 



Transitions Named The Winner!

Transitions is delighted to be named the winner of the KHQA Vervocity Interactive Give Away.  Staff from Vervocity Interactive came to Transitions on February 14th to make this announcement.  Vervocity Interactive will work with Transitions on development of a new website and in enhancing the agency’s presence on social media.  Thank you to Eric Thomas, CEO of Vervocity Interactive … KHQA … and to everyone who voted for Transitions!



Diaper Funds Donated By Local Church For Nine Years Running

The Quincy Unitarian Church (1479 Hampshire) has, once again, recognized the ongoing need in our community to provide diapers to struggling families with infants and toddlers. Since 2007, the congregation has held a special collection during their Christmas Eve candlelight service. Over nine years, they have generously donated a total of $3,516. The donations have been used to provide diapers to dozens of families each year. Over the span of the nine years, the program estimates that nearly 9,000 diapers have been distributed to over 220 families. WOW!

Our Infant and Toddler staff and families wholeheartedly thank the Quincy Unitarian Church for continuing to support the families in our community.

For more information, or if you know a family in need, contact Jennifer Harvey at 217) 223-0413.



Adams County Mental Health Court

Transitions is pleased to be a part of the development of a Mental Health Court in Adams County. As announced recently by Adams County State’s Attorney, Gary Farha, planning for a mental health court in Adams County is underway. When operational, this problem-solving court will work with persons who have a mental illness and who have committed a non-violent crime. The mental health court will bring the judicial system and mental health system together to assist the individual and address the root cause of their offending behaviors. Such a problem-solving court should reduce the likelihood of re-offending, reduce the burden on the judicial system, and improve the quality of life for those served by the court and their families.



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