A Word from CEO Carla Rizzo – September 2022

September 19, 2022
Carla Rizzo

September is a special month for me. As some of you know, Suicide Prevention and Advocacy are areas of passion for me and my family. After losing a beloved cousin to teen suicide, I was on the founding Board for the Nebraska Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. As you can imagine, when the opportunity to bring Mental Health services to Completely KIDS was proposed more than 10 years ago, I was all in! Our ability to reach KIDS early and help them develop the language and skills for lifelong mental health is so special and needed in our community. I am especially proud of our participation in the Kim Foundation’s Chalk it Up for Suicide Prevention and so grateful to our staff and community partners for the incredible, and difficult, work we are doing in this area. Together, we are making a difference one KID, one family, one community at a time.

As we prepared for two special events this month (Pinot Pigs and Pours and our first FORE! the KIDS Golf scramble) I spent a lot of time reflecting on all of the ways that people support Completely KIDS. Whether it is dropping off school supplies or a coat, volunteering at Kelley’s KIDS or Weekend Food, joining our Guild, planning an event, buying a ticket, or writing a check for your annual gift, the community support for what we do is truly inspirational. When someone says, “we’re all connected,” I get a little emotional at the truth and the power in that statement. I think about the Omaha that we all want and that together we are working towards and I am so grateful for your continued support of our KIDS and families.