Creating Awareness of a Major Community Need

Mike Benoit believes it’s important to get involved. That’s why he joined the Foundation Council for the Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health.

“There is such a huge need for mental health services, for the homeless, in our schools, it’s endless,” he says. He is quick to point out statistics about the Center, particularly that most clients live at or below the poverty line and probably wouldn’t be able to get mental health services if not for the Alexian Brothers.

“I hope I can bring awareness. We need a grass roots effort that includes business leaders, the community and faith leaders. There are so many people who have been touched by mental health issues,” he says.

When he talks to people about the Center, he points out that it is a known commodity, having operated in the northern suburbs for years with programs that are proven to help people with mental illness. He believes that familiarity and success help draw donors and volunteers.

The Catholic deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago also believes in the power of people to help each other. “The Alexian Brothers mission to help one another, especially the least among us, is important. In reality, the Brothers have taken on the most difficult cases, those who are marginalized, poor and have nowhere else to turn.” 

A certified financial planner with experience in non-profit investments, he brings experience in not-for-profit environments to his service on the Center’s Foundation Council. “Donors really make a difference,” he says. “Helping one person creates a wave of positive impact on the person, the family and on the community.”