ONE Health Ohio and The Butterflies & Hope Memorial Foundation team up to donate $10,000 to Alta’s Linkages Program

ONE Health Ohio and the Butterflies & Hope Memorial Foundation presented a $10,000 donation to Alta Care in support of their Linkages Program and its commitment to educate children on depression and suicide.

The suicide rate in the U.S. rose 24% from 2007 to 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among people ages 10 to 24 years old, it jumped 56%. Suicide not only has a direct effect on society and loved ones due to the loss but it leaves survivors with devastating traumatic grief.

Butterflies and Hope Memorial Foundation and ONE Health Ohio recognize the importance of early detection, identification and intervention with suicide related issues as a way to combat these dreadful events. Both groups want to support and help expand Alta’s work with suicide screening programs through local schools with a gift of $10,000.

Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s Linkages Program provides an educational and interactive program teaching Mahoning County Middle and High School students the signs and symptoms of depression. The program utilizes Signs of Suicide, which is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, to instruct the students about what they should do if a friend, a family member, or they themselves, feel depressed or suicidal.

Dr. Ronald Dwinnells, CEO of ONE Health Ohio and Founder/President of Butterflies and Hope states, “I would love to be able to completely stamp out all suicides and thus avoid the incredible devastation suffered by those left behind, but, if we can simply help identify just one more child and one more family to avoid devastating loss and grief through this gift then every penny was worth it! The Valley is fortunate to have Alta to lead the charge to combat this ruinous human condition afflicting so many of us.”

“The generous award of $10,000 from The Butterflies & Hope Foundation and ONE Health Ohio will allow us to serve up to 4 additional schools in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties”, says Joe Shorokey, CEO of Alta. “In doing so, the Linkages Program will potentially extend its reach for Depression and Suicide Education to potentially 700 more students and suicide screenings for up to 100 more students”.

$10,000 donation to help local provider educate children about depression, suicide

One Health Donates $10K to Alta for Linkages Program


Butterflies & Hope and ONE Health Ohio donate $25,000 for trauma training program

ONE Health Ohio and the Butterflies & Hope Memorial Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to the Trumbull County Family & Children First Council to support a new Trauma Informed Care training program that the group will be starting in the community.

“Butterflies & Hope Memorial Foundation and ONE Health Ohio are committed to supporting our communities with the best possible health and wellness programs that can be offered,” says Ronald Dwinnells, MD, CEO of ONE Health Ohio and Founder of Butterflies & Hope. “We are privileged and pleased to support the Trumbull County Family and Children First Council with a one-year gift of $25,000.00 to develop and provide Trauma Informed Care training in the community.”

The goal of this training program is to contribute to the vision, development and coordination of Trumbull County’s “Growing a Resilient Community” by engaging a Community Manager to provide training, education and support to a cross section of the community including schools, businesses, agencies, clubs and organizations, as well as providing “Train the Trainer” programs in order to build capacity and expand the program.

Dwinnells says, “The training will create awareness and understanding of adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect and dysfunctional home life suffered by some children and its devastating consequences as they grow up.  The training will improve earlier awareness and identification of children who are at social and health risks and will go a long way to help these kids become successful and productive citizens. We applaud the work of the Family and Children First Council and are very proud sponsors of their efforts.”

Bonnie Wilson, Family & Children First Council of Trumbull County Coordinator, says, “Dr. Dwinnells’ support will make it possible for so many people to learn about ACEs and the importance of understanding the long-lasting effects childhood trauma can have on a person.  We believe our training will make a difference in the lives of those who hear the message”.

Trumbull County Family & Children First Council is a coalition of organizations striving to expand and improve services for families.  Council members meet every other month to share information about programs, services and resources that are available to families, youth and children in our community

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Butterflies and Hope donates to children who lost a loved one

The Butterflies & Hope Memorial Foundation  and ONE Health Ohio presented donations to the Good Grief Camp program with a combined gift of $2,000 and free counseling services for children attending the upcoming grief camp.

Good Grief is a program developed for children 8-15 who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The program is offered free of charge for all youth attending and is staffed with volunteers and Camp Frederick’s summer counselors. Grief camp integrates therapeutic activities with the fun and adventures of camp. It provides the youth a chance to be a kid while learning that grief is normal and they are not alone in their feelings or experiences. It provides a chance for the youth to share their loss while providing them the opportunity to just be a kid and have fun.

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Butterflies and Hope Sponsored Trauma Training Event

The Butterflies and Hope Memorial Foundation donated $4,000 to the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board for the Trumbull County Family & Children First Council to host a trauma training on March 30, 2018.

Butterflies and Hope worked with the Trumbull County Family and Children First Council to host the trauma training for community educators, social and behavioral counselors and healthcare providers to address emotional and behavioral trauma. The full-day training sponsored by Butterflies and Hope Memorial Foundation provided answers to the question, “How do we create a trauma-responsive community?” Over 120 attended the event.

“It is the desire of the Butterflies and Hope Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting behavioral and mental health issues in children and adults, that this gift will support valuable training sessions on the topic of childhood emotional trauma. The primary goal is to increase awareness and improve expertise in professionals including educators, counselors and medical providers to help support children who have suffered adverse childhood experiences so that they may grow up to become productive and happy adults,” says Dr. Dwinnells.

The event was a HUGE success in bringing awareness to the community on the effects of trauma on our children.

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Butterflies and Hope Donates $500 to Eustis Elementary School

The Butterflies and Hope Memorial Foundation donated $500 to Eustis Elementary School in Eustis Florida on February 6, 2018. The money donated went to support children who suffer from emotional needs and those who suffered traumatic experiences.