September news & updates


Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

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National Recovery Month

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Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 5th

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep. 15th through Oct. 15th

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Talk Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training


Wednesday, Sep. 21st

418 Hillside Drive

KWRCC Board Meeting

6pm, Tuesday, Sep 27th

Guests invited and welcome!

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Talk Saves Lives

Suicide Prevention Training


Wednesday, September 21st

418 Hillside Drive

No Cost

Open to the Public

Questions or to register:

Ellamy Tiller

KWRCC Outreach Coordinator

907-486-6171 |  Email

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Suicide is a major public health concern. In 2020, suicide was the 12th leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 45,900 people. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

What is Suicide?

Suicide is when people harm themselves with the goal of ending their life, and they die as a result.

A suicide attempt is when people harm themselves with the goal of ending their life, but they do not die.

Avoid using terms such as “committing suicide,” “successful suicide,” or “failed suicide” when referring to suicide and suicide attempts, as these terms often carry negative meanings.

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Recovery Month 2022

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.

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Recovery Stories

Courtesy of Faces & Voices of Recovery

Across the country, people in recovery are celebrating their successes and sharing them with others. However, these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population. Sharing and celebrating recovery stories connects community members with one another and empowers those who are still struggling to know they are not alone. It also helps us to eliminate the stigma people in recovery often face and educate the public that recovery is possible.

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What Is Hispanic Heritage Month—

and Who Celebrates It?

Mark your calendars for September 15 through October 15.


AUG 11, 2022 | Courtesy of

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 begins on Thursday, September 15, and ends on Saturday, October 15. While you never have to wait for an annual event to take pride in your ethnic background, for Hispanic Americans, the purpose of those four weeks is to honor their respective cultures and the histories behind them. And by “Hispanic Americans,” we mean those who self-identify as Hispanic. (The terms Hispanic and Latino are not quite interchangeable, though many people identify as both.) It’s a period meant for recognition, education, and celebration, similar to Black History Month in February, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, or LGBTQ Pride Month in June.

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KWRCC Board of Directors
President: Heidi Barret-McNerney
Vice President: Debbie Olson
Treasurer: Karissa Stoecker
Secretary: Cassie Keplinger
Board Member: Kim Sibrel
Board Member: Selida Guitron-Padilla

Executive Director: Rebecca Shields

SART & Shelter Coordinator: Penny Lampl

Case Management: Melissa Austin

Outreach Advocate: Ellamy Tiller

Outreach Technology: Ann Kirven

Advocate: Pinky Cruz

Advocate: Kimberly Dolph

Advocate: Debbie Eggemeyer

Advocate: Skylar Gertz

Advocate: Marie Hellek

Advocate: Lisa Johnson

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