100% of our net fundraising and donations are used to purchase musical instruments and art supplies for donation to teen/young adult inpatient rehab/mental health facilities for use during the clients' free time to decrease their anxiety and channel their feelings into more positive, creative outlet... Read More
100% of our net fundraising and donations are used to purchase musical instruments and art supplies for donation to teen/young adult inpatient rehab/mental health facilities for use during the clients' free time to decrease their anxiety and channel their feelings into more positive, creative outlets. As Board Members, we take no compensation. We have wonderful volunteers!
This year, 2020, we have had to cancel our planned spring fundraiser, and we may need to cancel our Annual RUN for JEFF 5K Run/1K Walk on October 11, 2020. For information, please see our website: https://www.jmdmf.org.
Our budget is very small, and we rely solely on fundraisers and our donors' generous donations, along with our sponsors. Without them, we could not complete our mission.
Jeff was the son of a mother's dreams. He was so caring toward his sisters and me; he thought of others before himself, always. His most difficult times in rehab were the few free minutes given every day. He told me his mind would automatically gravitate back to those awful thoughts. One day, one of the guys handed him his acoustic guitar to use during his free time, showed him a few chords, and before long, Jeff was playing songs from the radio by ear. Eventually, he taught himself the bass guitar and drums, and was writing music and lyrics, and had an offer to record before he passed away at 22 years old. My daughters and I do this for others for Jeff in his name.
In every facility where we have donated, the counselors and managers have shared with us the difference our donations have made. The clients do have less anxiety, and are very excited when we are there to donate! One facility's clientele has even started (on their own) a Talent Show every month to showcase what they are doing with our donations! We allow the facilities to give us a Wish List, and we try very hard to fill everything on their list. We have donated saxophones, violins, bass and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, electric keyboards and drum sets, boxes and boxes of art and craft supplies, everything for the advanced artist to the beginner.
We need your help, especially this year. Addiction knows no boundaries, no religious, socioeconomic, geographic, or political boundaries. Whether from a "good family" or a "broken family", addiction is completely random. We never know when it will hit home. These young people need your help.
Please donate today.
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Jeffrey Michael Dehlin Memorial Foundation
Cheryl Dehlin lost her son, Jeff, to an overdose at 22, after 4 years of sobriety once he had spent 104 days at Rosecrance in Rockford. Jeffs only difficulty during rehab was his few minutes of free time, until he picked up a friends guitar and began to teach himself to play. Music saved him.
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