An Umbrella Organization
In today’s world, there are families who are hurting and are searching for help. Thankfully, there also are people and organizations who are willing to assist those in need.
But how do the families in need find help and how do organizations find those who need their help?
They turn to Grand Nation Inc.
A nonprofit grassroots coalition serving the Grand Lake area, Grand Nation joins families seeking a better life with the resources and community organizations that can help them achieve their goal.
Since incorporating in 2012, Grand Nation has become a one-stop source for people in need. The coalition serves as an umbrella organization for a number of different programs, all of which are designed to help people of all ages receive the assistance they need while providing them with the skills necessary to make the change they seek.
The programs under Grand Nation’s umbrella address issues ranging from poverty, drug abuse recovery and suicide prevention to financial literacy, feeding the hungry, and youth leadership.
These programs include TurnChange, Wellbriety, ExamiNation Testing Center, Worth the Fight, Ga Du Gi, The Table Food Resource, Community Gardens, Banking the Unbankable, The Gathering of Champions and Responsible Recreation.
How It All Started
Grand Nation started with a strategic prevention framework grant from Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health. The coalition’s original focus was on substance abuse prevention.
As the volunteer members began working with addicts and those in recovery, they realized there were a lot of other issues that also needed to be addressed to fully help all those in need.
They also recognized that it was hard for people in the Grand Lake area to access community service.
“We started identifying needs in the community and looking for strengths and assets, asking what does our community have that we can enhance or support,” said Grand Nation Executive Director Jennifer Hinson, “and, what do we not have that we can offer or find someone to offer.”
The decision was made to use the coalition’s knowledge, training and community resources to create a community prevention system that would positively impact the mental and physical health of Grand Lake area residents of all ages.
By offering a hand up, not a hand-out, Grand Nation’s overall focus is on restoring the community to whole wellness and self-sufficiency one person or family at a time.
Grand Nation serves the communities of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, including Vinita, Grove, Jay, Afton, Ketchum, Langley, Miami, Bluejacket and Spavinaw.
Grand Nation is located on the top floor of the U.S. Post Office building at 120 E. Illinois, Suite 306, in Vinita.
The Grand Nation Partnership for Success-Strategic Prevention Framework (PFS-SPF) is funded by Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health, which received funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The Grand Nation PFS-SPF is designed to prevent on onset and progression of substance abuse in Craig County.
This disclaimer was developed in part by grant number SP020403-3 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS, and should not be construed as such.
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