Advocacy Services for Kids
414 East Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ADVOCACY SERVICES FOR KIDS NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
Kalamazoo, MI., January 7, 2013 – Joel Murr has been named Executive Director of Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK), Kalamazoo County’s family resource center for children with mental health challenges. He will replace Dianne Shaffer, who vacated the position in late November to join Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as a Program Manager
Murr, a Hope College graduate, most recently served as Practice Manager of the Family Health Center of Kalamazoo. “Joel has proven himself to be a long-time advocate for individuals and families touched by mental health challenges in Kalamazoo County, and also a strong supporter of ASK,” stated Tom King, ASK Board Chair. “He brings a great deal of experience working within healthcare systems to the table as well as a passion for improving those systems for youth and families.”
Murr and his partner, Rob, live in Kalamazoo’s Westnedge Hill Neighborhood.
“I'm thrilled to join an organization that provides such a vital service to our community. ASK's work with the families of children with mood, emotional, or behavioral challenges is more crucial than ever,” Murr recently commented. “Families need to know they have a partner in navigating the mental health, education, juvenile justice or child welfare systems, and that they will be treated with dignity and respect in a stigma-free environment. Empowering families and youth to advocate for themselves and decreasing barriers to services are critical to the success of our community.”
Murr will join the organization on January 14, 2013.
Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist families and their children who have mood, emotional, and behavioral challenges to understand and navigate services, advocate effectively, and achieve their potential. All services are free to families in Kalamazoo County. For more information about ASK’s programs or services please visit www.askforkids.org or call (269)343-5896.
We assist families and their children who have mood, emotional, and behavioral challenges to understand and navigate services, advocate effectively, and achieve their potential.
Providers and communities will partner equally with families and youth to optimize thier care and to develop programs and policies affecting all children with mental health challenges