Busti Church Of God Contributes To Mental Health Association

The Busti Church of God made a donation recently to the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County. Pictured at the occasion are, from left, congregants Carna Pierce and Lana Keller, MHA CFO Jenny Rowe, Pastor Roy Ferguson, MHA Associate Director Steven Cobb and congregant Norma Jean Angelo.

Sometimes the right words can inspire positive action.

Last November, Pastor Roy Ferguson of the Busti Church of God gave a sermon about realizing the wealth and bounty in the community, despite being economically disadvantaged. That sermon evolved into a fundraising drive that asked church members to donate to a fund to support community needs during the holiday season. Church members selected local non-profit organizations to support that are making an impact.

The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County was one of the organizations chosen.

“We are so appreciative of the generosity of the good folks at the Busti Church of God,” said Steven Cobb, Mental Health Association associate director. “We are using their contribution for upgrades to our restrooms.”

Cobb explained that this was a need created by the increase in the number of MHA participants.

The MHA is a peer-run organization offering support services to people with substance use disorders and all other forms of mental health diagnosis. The MHA works in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, community-based partners, and treatment courts to empower individuals in attaining their goals. In an accepting environment, it provides recovery coaching by certified peer specialists as well as support groups and classes.

There is no charge for any of the MHA’s services or programs. Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in. Hours are Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the MHA, call 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.