I am strolling five kilometers for NAMIWalks-Saint Louis in Chesterfield, Missouri on the first Saturday of May. I work to bring together people with a mental illness.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a wonderful, honorable organization. NAMI-Saint Louis is the finest, most effective grassroots mental health organization dedicated to eradicate stigma and to encourage recovery from mental illness for the families adversely affected by mental illness. A large part of the work at the NAMI office is staffed with volunteer workers.
I was diagnosed with an illness of the mind named schizophrenia in 1978 by a Saint Louis area psychiatrist after graduating on time from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana with honors. I was accepted to attend the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin but was not ready to enroll as I was unable to recover from the treatment for schizophrenia in time to attend classes in the Summer of 1978 so I dropped out.
In the meantime, I worked on a shrimp boat based in the Port of Brownsville, Texas trawling for shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico for nineteen days and nights.
My dream was to visit France to study French which I accomplished in the Spring and Summer of 1979.
In the early eighties, I found employment at Burton Auto Supply in Brownsville, Texas as a warehouseman.
I now attend the Independence Center, a drop-in clubhouse for the mentally ill in the Central West End of Saint Louis for work opportunities, socialization, and meals.
Checks may be made out to "NAMI-Saint Louis" may be mailed to my home address. You may denote my name, Jimmy W Pace, III on your check's Memo Line.
Please unite with me by joining my team: "Oui oui, Monsieur!" with a substantial donation. "Oui oui, Monsieur" is a sign of goodwill in French meaning "Yes, yes Sir".