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       NAMI Pomona Valley is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental health  conditions and their families through support, education and advocacy.


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Board nominations/elections will be delayed for 30 days per NAMI Pomona Valley Board of Directors due to lack of members on the slate.   We will present the Board slate at and members will vote on them at our December 5, 2017 General Meeting and introduce our new Board members at the January 2, 2018 General Meeting. If you have any questions, please call Lora Illig (909) 625-2383.  


Special General Meeting 

Affiliation Restructuring Meeting


October 20, 2017

Dear NAMI Members,

NAMI Pomona Valley has been participating in an Affiliate Restructuring study for the past year with the La Piana Consulting Group. The affiliate restructuring piece is addressing the advantage and need of the twelve NAMI Los Angeles Affiliates considering consolidating under one Affiliate “NAMI Los Angeles County”, similar to the NAMI San Diego County model.

NAMI National is also implementing the NAMI Standards of Excellence. Evidence of these standards and best practices will be required through the re-affiliation process that each NAMI Affiliate is required to complete and adhere to by December 2018. Please see the attached handout titled “Why is NAMI implementing the NAMI Standards of Excellence?”

We will be presenting the current Affiliate as it stands now and the benefits of a consolidation under NAMI Los Angeles County at our next General Meeting on Tuesday November 7th at the Claremont Presbyterian Church 1111 N. Mountain Avenue, Claremont from 7:30pm – 9pm. After the presentation we will call upon our members to vote on the Consolidation of NAMI Pomona Valley to operate as a “chapter” under NAMI Los Angeles County. All paid members will have a vote. If you have any question regarding your membership, please call Maria Franz at the office from 9am-2pm Mon.,Tues., Thurs. & Fri. @ (909) 625-2383.

Please see a quick guide to the benefits of this consolidation:

  • “NAMI Los Angeles County” will have a stronger voice to continue our mission and advocate for our loved ones with mental health conditions.
  • We will have a greater funding stream as “one” large, more stable organization. Funders do not want to deal with several entities for the same work, and they want the recipients of the funding to have the infrastructure and capacity to support the funding. Consolidating will achieve that in time.
  • Our Pomona Valley Chapter will remain the same in terms of managing our programs and services.   Our funds remain our funds in a restricted account with NAMI LA County.

Please become a member or update your membership, by November 3, 2017 in order to make your voice heard through your vote.

I hope to see you all for this important meeting.

Thank you,

Lora Illig

Executive Director


Why is NAMI implementing the NAMI Standards of Excellence?

The public has high expectations for both the ethical standards and the impact of the country’s 1.44 million charitable organizations, but often has trouble distinguishing one nonprofit from another. Unethical or improper conduct by an individual organization, though rare, can thus jeopardize the human and financial support on which countless other activities rely.

In September of 2004 Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Baucus (D-MT) encouraged Independent Sector to convene an independent panel on the nonprofit sector to consider and recommend actions that would strengthen good governance, ethical conduct, and effective practice of public charities and private foundations. In response, Independent Sector convened the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector which engaged thousands of people involved with charities and foundations to address concerns shared by nonprofit organizations, members of the public, Congress, and federal and state oversight agencies about reports of illegal or unethical practices by some charitable organizations and their donors. Their Strengthening the Transparency, Governance, and Accountability of Charitable Organizations report, issued to Congress in June 2005, with a supplemental report issued in 2006, offered more than 100 recommendations for improving government oversight, including new rules to prevent unscrupulous individuals from abusing charitable organizations for personal gain. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 enacted many of these recommendations into law. The Panel was equally committed to formulating effective, broadly applicable methods of self-regulation, and in October 2007, it issued the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, A Guide for Charities and Foundations.

The Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising. The Principles should be considered by every charitable organization as a guide for strengthening its effectiveness and accountability. The Principles were developed by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector in 2007 and updated in 2015 to reflect new circumstances in which the charitable sector functions, and new relationships within and between the sectors.

NAMI formed a workgroup in 2007 to craft standards of operation. Two and a half years later, NAMI leaders and members have finalized based on the guiding principles of good governance, ethical practices and NAMI governing documents and practices the NAMI Standards of Excellence that all parts of NAMI need to collaborate with and implement through processes called re-chartering for NAMI State Organizations and re-affiliation for NAMI Affiliates.


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 Membership Benefits:

  • Monthly Newsletter (including important advocacy issues, guest speakers, affiliate activities)
  • Voting privileges 
  • The benefits of full membership include membership with NAMI National, NAMI California and our Pomona Valley Affiliate
  • You will receive our flagship magazine, the NAMI Advocate
  • Discounts at the NAMI Store and on registration at the NAMI National Convention
  • You will have full access to all the information and features on the website and more.


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Support Groups start @ 6:15pm – 7:30pm


Family Support Groups  (Including Spousal Support Group)

Spanish Support Group

Connection and Daily Living Support Groups



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A special thanks to the local businesses that have contributed to NAMI Pomona Valley


Steffen/Sotheby’s Real Estate – Claremont
Tintura Salon-Claremont (Giving Tuesday)
 Curtis Real Estate/ Carol Curtis – Claremont …



Another Way to Support NAMI Pomona Valley!!!


   AMAZON.COM (AMAZON Smile) SHOPPERS –  Select NAMI Pomona Valley as your charity and AMAZON  will give a percentage of your purchases to our organization so we may continue our mission to improve the lives of those living with mental illness and their families.    

Upcoming Education Classes

   De Familia a Familia


NAMI Familia-a-Familia es un programa educativo, GRATIS, de 12 sesiones para familiares, parejas, amigos, y seres queridos de adultos que viven con una enfermedad mental. El curso esta diseñado para ayudar a toda la familia a entender y apoyar a seres queridos que viven con un trastorno mental, sin descuidar el propio bienestar del círculo familiar.

Miles de families han dicho que éste programa vino a cambiar sus vidas. Esta clase es impartida por maestros entrenados que conocen por experiencia propia lo que es tener a un ser querido con una enfermedad mental.

         Este curso incluye informacion en enfermedades como:

Esquizofrenia, Trastorno Bipolar, Depressión Severa, Trastorno

Obsesivo Compulsivo y Pánico, Trastornos Cerebrales y

Trastornos de Adicción Simultaneos y otras enfermedades mentales.

Mondays,   September 11 – November 27,  2017

6:30pm – 9:00pm

3115 N. Garey Avenue

Pomona, CA 91767



Para mayor información llamar a Jesus Vega (805) 889-7418 o NAMI Offices (909) 625-2383 (excepto Miercoles)

   NAMI está dedicada a mejorar la calidad de vida de todos aquéllos cuyas vidas han sido afectadas por

                                                                       enfermedades mentales.





 Family to Family Education Class

August  31, 2017

6:30pm – 9:00pm

The local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Pomona Valley, offers its

widely recognized family education course in English and Spanish (scheduled later).

This 12-week free course is designed for families with loved ones who have a brain illness.

Illnesses addressed in this course are: Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder,

Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, and

co-occurring mental illness and addiction brought on by self-medication.

Designed to give you the insight and skill set you need to navigate the Mental Health System,

it consists of twelve weekly classes structured to help family members understand and

support their ill relative while maintaining their own well being. The program is taught by a

team of specially trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved

one with a mental illness.

Program Topics Include                                     

• Learning about facts and feelings

• Schizophrenia; diagnosis, critical periods

• Subtypes of depression and bipolar  illness, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and OCD

• Sharing our stories

• The biology of the brain and new research

• Problem solving skill workshop

• Medications review

• Empathy workshop; what it’s like to be mentally ill

• Communication skills workshop

• Relative groups and self care

• Rehabilitation Services

• Advocacy: fighting stigma and discrimination

• Review and certification and celebration

For more information and to Pre-Register (required) for the class:  Please call: Bette Donovan (909) 593‐1324 or  NAMI Pomona Valley office (909)625‐2383




Welcome to NAMI Pomona Valley

The Pomona Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI PV) is a nonprofit California corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by mental illness and their loved ones through support, education, and advocacy.

Our volunteers, staff and community partners know that recovery from mental illness is possible and we offer many resources to support that end. Our services are free of charge and include:

  • A confidential information and referral helpline to help you navigate the path to recovery for yourself or loved one. You are not alone, call (909)399-0305.
  • Classes providing in-depth information about all aspects of mental illness including treatment, recovery and advocacy.
  • Community outreach to increase awareness, improve services and dispel myths and stigma surrounding mental illness.
  • Resources to help faith communities, schools and other organizations respond more effectively to mental illness.
  • A monthly general meeting on the first Tuesday of each month featuring various speakers lending of their expertise on recovery, services, advocacy and other topics related to mental illness.

For detailed information on our services, please click on the Resources tab in the upper left corner navigation menu and select from the options; or call us at our information and referral helpline, (909) 399-0305.