Our next discussion will be with Ed Herzog, a NAMI East Bay board member and one of the founders of the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network (BAHVN), part of the international HVN-USA. His organization offers weekly, online hearing voices groups for family members and adult voice hearers, as well as support and education.
Values of the group include challenging society’s norms on what is normal and what constitutes an illness, respecting/honoring our and our loved ones’ experiences, undoing stigma by using non-stigmatizing and owning our feelings.
. These specific-topic discussion groups are offered to alternate with the bimonthly speaker meetings and the format will be more casual and interactive and less didactic. Zoom link will be posted here week of April 28.
Recently introduced into Alameda County to impact housing stock, the ILA works to develop and support privately owned or operated homes that provide shared housing for adults with disabilities. Tenants in independent living situations are able to live independently, are often on a fixed income, and do not need supervision or care from their landlord. Tenants may have external case management or other kinds of outside support.
Our guest speaker, Program Manager Francesca Barua, will provide a program overview, what the membership process looks like, and how the program can benefit those who use our member directory and work with our member homes (both individuals as well as service providers). She will also describe the oversight and support services that are offered to home operators.
If this is a concept that interests you, either as a potential tenant or operator, please join us. There will be opportunity for questions and answers.
The November presentation will be Zoom/online, and we are asking attendees to preregister.
Our bimonthly newsletters contain much of the information located in the What’s New section. More detail may be found on the website, along with other writings. Of greatest value is the comprehensive recording of the previous month’s general meeting presentation. Fortunately, these summaries are available for the last 22 years – !! – as recorded by Tom Thomas and listed on his website at www.thomastthomas.com -under NAMI EastBay In the box on his home page. Enjoy.