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Rev. Dr. Shari Brink

Letter from the President

Dear Friends of Blanton-Peale,

Whether it be domestic violence and sexual harassment, school shootings or the escalating anxiety among teens, mental health is in the news every day. New York City is facing a “mental health crisis” that has been “decades in the making.” There is too little affordable mental health care throughout our city.

Fortunately, there are places like Blanton-Peale. Six days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm, we are here for those suffering from emotional, spiritual and societal pain. And every day, more and more people find their way to Blanton-Peale, a place of hope and courage.

Thanks to our donors, just last month, Blanton-Peale provided 800 more sessions of affordable mental health care than in the same month last year. 800 more in a single month. For the first time, we topped 3,000 sessions in a month. 3,032 to be exact. Our faithful donors made this possible when they helped us expand to a new second floor in December 2017!

Our founders – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Dr. Smiley Blanton – were innovative, forward-leaning thinkers. They were among the first to address mental health alongside spiritual health. And they recognized the importance of training alongside high quality care.

Today at Blanton-Peale, we have set out to be as bold and positive about addressing mental and spiritual health as our founders were, with the Great Depression swirling around them. We’ve got our eye on how we can better train and equip mental health professionals, faith leaders and other caring people to meet today’s challenges head on.

With your help, in the year ahead, we will build out a focus on addressing trauma of all sorts, we’ll connect mindfulness and meditation to mental health, and we’ll join today’s youngest adults in their quest for mental and spiritual health.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Shari K. Brink
President and CEO

 

Dr. Shari K. Brink Biography

Dr. Shari K. Brink is President and CEO of Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center. She brings strengths as a strategic and visionary leader, significant fundraising experience, and a passionate commitment to individual transformation and the creation of healthier communities. Dr. Brink has her B.A. from Northwestern College, a Master’s of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Dr. Brink’s academic focus has been on mental health and spirituality, especially on partnering with and empowering faith communities to address today’s mental health crisis. Prior to joining Blanton-Peale, Rev. Brink served at Marble Collegiate Church as Minister for Strategic Advancement, leading the Marble community in discerning its future for a new era of ministry. Shari has also served at Auburn Seminary, an institute for religious leaders in today’s complex, multifaith, media-saturated world, on the national staff of the Reformed Church in America as Director of Strategic Planning, and as a minister both in Los Angeles, California and Colts Neck, New Jersey.

 

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