Two parishioners from Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart in Ankeny collaborated with others to move bureaucratic mountains to create a plan that helps children suffering mental health crises.
Jan Brown and Sue Murphy said their faith plus a passion for helping people in pain fueled their drive to fill a gap in health care in the Des Moines area....
“It wasn’t charity, it was justice,” Brown said.
Brown and Murphy along with representatives of AMOS... did research, talked to families, visited with hospital officials and legislators and built the political will to figure out a new system...
Now they’re trying to ensure that it has long-term funding and that there are counselors who can meet the need of the community including refugees and immigrants who call central Iowa home.
Brown said: “That’s our goal is to listen to concerns of families and improve the communities we live in.”
Fueled by Faith, Advocacy for Children Pays Off, Catholic Mirror [pdf]