It is incredibly heart-warming to have had so many families come out to support the 2018 holiday memorial. Our team spends many nights up late working to personalize the ornaments and prepare the photo garland. By the end of the week, three of our team members have memorized all the names and images of all … Continue reading Gratitude & 2018 Holiday Memorial
FAQ How do I submit my loved ones name? You can submit the name of your loved one via the request form found on our website. How much does it cost? FREE! Having an ornament personalized and hung on the memorial is free. However, we ofcourse appreciate donations and put them to good use. How … Continue reading Holiday Memorial FAQ
A Letter From Our Executive Director This has got to be one of my favorite projects Wake the Nation puts together … Continue reading Remembering our loved ones together
Innovation. In the most basic terms, innovation can be defined as something that meets a need. It is the intellectual curiosity and creative inspiration that results in new strategies, processes, techniques and solutions. Wake the Nation acknowledges the weakness that exist in society's perceptions of substance use disorder and mental health and vows to create … Continue reading Innovation: The value that drives.
Where does one begin to describe the loss of a man responsible for saving thousands? The passing of our friend, mentor, and hero, Dan Bigg of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, this past August, was and is a devastating loss for harm reductionist around the world. Dan who pioneered harm reduction, safe syringe needle exchanges, and … Continue reading Remembering the Patron Saint of Harm Reduction
It might only be fall but the Wake the Nation team is preparing for winter. Each year, the Wake the Nation team looks forward to hosting our annual Holiday Memorial. Though we dread the ever-increasing amount of ornament requests, not because of the work, but because it represents such loss, we feel sincerely privileged to … Continue reading Reasons for the Holiday Memorial…
Wake the Nation recognizes that privilege and access have heavily influenced and advantaged voices that drive advocacy and policy change in relation to drugs, substance use disorder, and mental health, as well as the US society in general. For us, culturally inclusivity embodies diversity and builds opportunity for greater collaboration. It is imperative for any … Continue reading Cultural inclusivity: The value that flows within