Columbia Star

Nord Family Foundation continues contribution to MIRCI

The Nord Family Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI) to support programs that serve mentally ill, homeless individuals in the greater Columbia and Lexington areas.

The grant will help fund MIRCI’s Supportive Housing Program for Youth, which will support development of healthy living habits and independent living skills enabling youth experiencing homelessness to live and thrive independently, and create a model for housing and services that can be replicated across the community.

The grant will also allow MIRCI’s Housing and Homeless Services to continue providing Homeless Outreach, Supportive Housing and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services to individuals and families who are or have been homeless, and have a mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Last year, MIRCI served 1,286 people through its Supportive Housing Program for Youth, and Housing and Homeless Services programs.

“We are elated and thankful for the continued support of the Nord Family Foundation as we work together helping people on their journey to recovery. Both programs have made great strides, and have positively impacted the community in a great way. I’m certain they will continue to do so.” said MIRCI’s executive director, Julie Ann Avin.

MIRCI – the Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist individuals with mental illness to recover in the areas of their lives impacted by their illness through housing, behavioral healthcare, and assistance with obtaining and managing their disability income.

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