- Stacey Walden, Women's Crisis Center
I'm Dr. Chris Curran, Director of the Neuroscience Program at NKU and course coordinator for Neuroscience 101, Neuroscience for Life. This is non-majors course that explains how neuroscience can be applied in a variety of societal contexts. Our students will explain why they selected two outstanding non-profits for Mayerson awards.
The funder was interested in services specific to Northern Kentucky, and the course content allows students to consider the applications of neuroscience in a variety of contexts. Each student team selected and researched a non-profit that provided key services in the community and prepared presentations highlighting the value of the client's services and the connection to improved mental health.
Remarks from Aaron Broomall, Faith Community Pharmacy:
With COVID, the need for our services have grow 30% over the last year. The support from Mayerson is not only a great financial benefit that will help us purchase much needed mental health medications, but also help us share our story with others through the video that the students will make. We will use the video on our website and via social media to build brand awareness to potential clients and supports. For an organization our size, work like this is nearly impossible to afford and manage, making this contribution huge for us.
We will use these funds exclusively for the purchase of mental health medications. These medications are necessary for our 1,000 clients who otherwise would not be able to afford them, leading to rationing or not taking them at all, which can have dire consequences for individuals and families.
The NKU students have been great to work with. They ask the right questions and were genuinely interested in the work we are doing. We are extremely grateful.
Remarks from Stacey Walden, Women's Crisis Center:
Thank you so much again for selecting Women’s Crisis Center to be a recipient of your Mayerson project! All of Women’s Crisis Center’s services are offered at no charge and it’s because of funds like these that make that possible!
Women’s Crisis Center serves 13 counties in the Northern Kentucky and Buffalo Trace area, a blend of both urban and rural communities. As we’re working more closely with the rural communities, we’re learning more about the unique needs and barriers our rural counties face. The reality is rural counties have less resources than urban counties. One of the major barriers for our victims include transportation. With this award, WCC will be able to purchase gas cards and other transportation (bus tickets etc.) needs to support victims who need additional support.
We were so impressed working with the students on the Mayerson award -- you could tell how much research they had done about the agency and asked incredibly insightful questions to learn more about the work WCC does! They asked a range of questions from about prevention, emergency shelter, and our intervention services!
To see more about what Women’s Crisis Center is doing, please check us out on our website or social media! We’re on Facebook at Women’s Crisis Center Northern Kentucky; Women’s Crisis Center Rural Counties; Women's Crisis Center Buffalo Trace.