“We recognize our success would be impossible if not for some very special people and organizations that inspire and support us, said Sheilah P. Clay, NSO president and CEO. They share our values, believe in our mission and are driven by a spirit to make a difference.”
At the ceremony, representatives on behalf of Quicken Loans and Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. (BHPI), will accept the President’s Award, which recognize individuals, companies or organizations who have had a lasting impact on NSO programs and services or the human services field. The award recipients are selected by Clay.
Quicken Loans has been a partner and constant supporter of NSO for several years. Since the relationship began, the Detroit-based mortgage lender generously donated $350,000 to the NSO Bell Building Capital Campaign and numerous company employees, including those from other companies under the Rock Ventures umbrella, have supported NSO through donations and volunteering. In addition, Quicken Loans’ Quizzle team has educated Bell Building residents and consumers at the NSO Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center on credit ratings and how to improve them.
BHPI was founded in 2002 by NSO and seven other key mental health nonprofit organizations that serve Detroit collaboratively, to focus on consumer-centered care. Under the leadership of David Schmehl, BHPI and its subsidiary entities, CareLink and ConsumerLink, have created a network of more than 200 providers who provide quality programs to individuals and families with proven outcomes, such as reducing State hospital costs to Wayne County by nearly 40 percent. A leader in mental health and integrated healthcare legislative areas that impact NSO’s consumers, BHPI also is a supporter of NSO annual activities, including consumer events and fundraisers such as NSO’s In Their Shoes 5K Run & Walk and the Inspired Life Awards.
“Quicken Loans and BHPI have provided NSO with much more than financial assistance. Their employees have become like family – working tirelessly to improve and support the lives of our consumers,” said Clay. “I cannot thank their leadership and team members enough for all they have given to NSO.”
NSO also will bestow its Champion Awards to organizations, companies and individuals who have championed the work of NSO by providing resources or creating community awareness benefiting the consumers NSO serves. The recipients are: Representative Phil Cavanagh, State Representative of Michigan’s10th House District; The Eimers Foundation; Henry Ford Health System Office of Clinical Quality and Safety; and Michigan Alliance for Families.
The recipients of NSO’s Inspired Life Awards, which honor NSO consumers who have through commitment, determination and courage, successfully changed their lives and inspired others by their example, will be awarded to the following people: Red Bull Harris, of NSO’s Youth Initiatives Project (YIP); Linda Hicks, of NSO’s Older Adult Services (OAS) program; Jason Phelps, of NSO’s Life Choices; Eddie O. Williams, of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program; and Romeros Windom, of NSO’s Homeless Recovery Services.
About Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO)
Since 1955, NSO has been reaching out to people across metropolitan Detroit by strengthening and empowering neighborhoods, supporting families and helping people in need. Over the years, the scope and variety of services offered have grown into a network of sophisticated, vertically integrated programs that have received local, statewide and national recognition. To learn more about NSO, call (313) 961-4890 or visit www.nso-mi.org.