(R to L) Michael Williamson, President and CEO UWSELA; Gene Bellisario, UWSELA volunteer; Ken Johnston, UWSELA volunteer; Bill Brady, UWSELA Leadership Council; Sonja Newman, UWSELA Resource Development Manager; Matt Faust, UWSELA Leadership Council; Major Wharton Muller, STPSO; LaVondra Dobbs, CEO VIA LINK 211; Nick Richard, CEO NAMI St. Tammany; Jan Robert, NAMI STP Board Member; Deputy Jessica Roden, STPSO Crisis Intervention Team; Richard Kramer, UWSELA Leadership Council; Deputy David Landrum, STPSO Crisis Intervention Team.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana awarded $30,000 for suicide prevention, mental health services, and crisis response to NAMI St. Tammany and VIA LINK, Inc./2-1-1 in St. Tammany Parish to support their efforts in the community.
The funding was made possible through the 2018 Red Beans ‘N’ rice cook-offs held in west and east St. Tammany.
United Way organizes and hosts the annual cook-offs in partnership with St. Tammany Fire Districts (No. 1, No. 4 and No. 12), St. Tammany Parish Government, Covington Fire Department, Slidell Police Department and Camellia Beans.