NAMI DuPage Receives Funding from Leaders Bank for Workforce Development Program


Pictured from left to right at the NAMI DuPage RISE & Shine Café: Angela Adkins, NAMI DuPage Exec. Director, Bill Gleason, Leaders Bank President & COO, Edward Coronel, Café Coordinator, Steven, Café Program Participant, Tom Dolson, Leaders Bank VP, and Bill Peterson, NAMI DuPage Development Director

May 11, 2017

Wheaton, IL: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) DuPage announced that it received a charitable gift of $2,500 from Leaders Bank based in Oak Brook, IL for its Workforce Development program. The overall objective of the program is to help people with serious mental illness reach their full employment potential and build a bridge to economic self-sufficiency. Bill Gleason, President & COO and Tom Dolson, VP, presented NAMI DuPage with a check while touring NAMI DuPage’s two social enterprises, the RISE & Shine Café and the RISE & Shine Print Shop, at the DuPage Community Center. Funding from the bank will help to underwrite the cost of coaching, instructing, training and mentoring individuals living with mental illness in the Workforce Development program for calendar year 2017.

“We are deeply grateful to The Leaders Bank for recognizing the importance of our Workforce Development program for individuals living with mental illness.” said Angela Adkins, Executive Director. “For people living with serious mental illness, employment is one of the greatest challenges they face even though most of these people have the desire and the capacity to work. Currently, there is no other program operating in DuPage County that addresses the needs of this population.”

The workforce development program, known as “RISE & Shine”, provides the necessary tools, skills, confidence building and support that individuals living with mental illness need to obtain employment to aid in their recovery. The program encompasses job preparedness and life skills training as well as job skills training directly related to employment in general office administration, commercial printing and food/beverage service.