CONNECT Summit County is one of 23 nonprofits and behavioral health agencies to share $3.3 million in funding from Rob Katz and Elana Amsterdam.  

Vail Resorts’ Chief Executive Officer, Rob Katz, and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Elana’s Pantry, today (Dec. 11th) announced more than $3.3 million in COVID-19 emergency relief and behavioral health grants. In nine communities where Vail Resorts operates, these separate donations will support local nonprofits’ ongoing efforts to (1) provide critical need services throughout the pandemic and (2) improve access to and affordability of mental and behavioral health services. (See full article here).

“We are so grateful to Rob and Elana for supporting CONNECT Summit County in 2021. Their contribution has been and will continue to be critical in our ability to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and better meet the pressing behavioral and mental health needs of all the residents of Summit County,” says Executive Director Deanna Rhodes. “In 2021, we are excited to grow our peer programming in the community, including piloting the Peer CONNECTions program which empowers volunteers to help those who are struggling.”

This is a crucial time for CONNECT Summit County to be available in our community. 

“Our Peer Programming provides those struggling with mental health challenges a compassionate person to talk to who understands the confusion, frustration, and overwhelm that goes with seeking help for mental health challenges. Our Peer Navigators and Peer CONNECTors understand because of their own experience or their experience trying to help a loved one. Peers are trained to provide information, resources, and guidance on navigating the many options available. They do this in a confidential and non-judgmental manner that empowers the person seeking help to make their own decisions about care,” says Wendy O’Leary, Impact Director. “At CONNECT Summit County we are committed to making Summit County a mental-health safe space – a place where everyone – residents, workers, and visitors of all ages and walks of life – feel safe enough to reach out for help and receive the support they need.”

Peer CONNECTors are local community members who have experience dealing with one or more mental health challenges – either their own or family members’. Peer CONNECTors are not clinical professionals nor are they crisis workers.

CONNECT Summit County is extremely grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this behavioral health grant. Support from generous donors like Rob and Elana is critical to providing mental health resources to the people of Summit County, UT. If you would like to help CONNECT Summit County be the catalyst for change in our community, donate here. 

Photo: Park City Mountain

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