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                     HISTORY OF NAMI KANE COUNTY NORTH       

      Our NAMI affiliate named AMI of Fox Valley was founded in 1987 by four

mothers who were concerned about the welfare of people with mental

illness.   Our first meetings were held in the basement of Sherman Hospital

where we met primarily to support each other and to better understand

mental illness.

       As our membership grew and we became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit

organization (1989), we moved our meeting location to the Dundee Library

and then to Elgin Community College in 1993.  In 1994 we relocated to the

Ecker Center, 3rd floor for our business/support meetings, and we voted to

change our name to NAMI Kane County.....

      In 1994 we established the first NAMI St. Charles support group for

family members which continues today to  help people who face mental

illness in the family.  

     NAMI KC added the CARES GROUP in 2005, which is a support group led by

and for consumers who are working towards recovery (temporarily canceled). 

Two NAMI consumers presented the 6-week Peer-to-Peer Education Program

and were the presenters in the "In Our Own Voice Program" in 2010.   

      We are pleased to announce in 2010 the start of a family member support

group in Elgin which is held monthly at St. Joseph Hospital on the 2nd Tuesday

evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (see support and education programs)

     In 2014, a second monthly family member support group was added. The

group meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at

Advocate Sherman Hospital located in Elgin.

             NAMI Kane Count voted to add NORTH to its name in 2011.   


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