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AWARE Ink Newsletter

End-of-Summer Picnic Fun

To mark the end of another Summer, our PACT Team in Helena hosted its annual BBQ celebration for clients, staff, and community partners at Memorial Park. Fried chicken, potatoes, and homemade salads were met with cornhole, ring toss, and colorful drawings as about 50 people gathered at the park on a beautiful blue-sky day.

For those who don’t know, AWARE’s PACT program is designed to help people with chronic mental illness. It reduces admissions to the state hospital by focusing on three areas including client housing, service engagement, and community involvement.

A majority of the people that walk into the PACT program show remarkable progress in a relatively short timeframe. They might walk through the door homeless with mental health needs and substance use issues, but they walk out the other side in a much better place. We go to work finding a home that can provide stability while connecting each person with a team of health care providers and options for work and community involvement.

The annual BBQ is a celebration and reminder of all the great work that has happened in the previous year. It allows people to connect with one another and it’s a chance to unwind and regroup before the long winter months arrive. And - it’s also when the crew comes together for their annual egg toss challenge! Though, if you ask me, some of the eggs look to be hard boiled the way they bounce off the ground and trees.

For more information about PACT please contact Kennar Ward at

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