From The Outside

Having just completed my first six months at Columbia Community Mental Health, I can only say; I had no idea.

When I came to work at CCMH last November I was excited to take on the newly established role of Director of Development and PR. I had been working in business to business sales for the past 15 years. I was looking forward to using those skills I had acquired to be part of something that mattered, and would make a difference in our community.

I had no idea.

I had no idea how much this independent non-profit was doing to change lives. Every day I came to work I would learn of a new service these tireless, passionate employees were doing for the most vulnerable people in our county. It is so much more than what I thought encompassed “mental health”; from helping find employment, to coats in the winter, these teams worked together to ensure that any resources available that could help people on the road to healing were made available.

The new executive director is a “force” leading this group of some 225 employees toward the “one vision” that we all work toward.  This is no easy task.

Working in the field of mental health and disabilities it is inevitable that there will be challenges. CCMH has been in operation since 1975. It has grown from 30 employees to over 220. There have been large restructures and changes that are still in a place of flux. Her task is massive, however her team of directors is up for the task and ready to move forward in a positive direction.

In any non-profit the tasks are many and the funds are never enough. We have a big job. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

I am still learning all the ways CCMH cares for our community and look forward to being part of what the future holds.


Hope Wirta

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