The Board of the Shalem Mental Health Foundation is pleased to have approved a new three-year Strategic Plan for Shalem. Entitled “Impact and Influence: 2015-2017,” the plan seeks to deepen our impact with the people we are privileged to walk alongside, even as we are impacted; and to exercise influence in the world of mental health service delivery.
The plan features three key future directions. A Working Group, consisting of some Board members, some staff members and some Shalem supporters, has been established for each of the three directions. Let me explain each of them briefly:
Engagement: Shalem is all about partnership. How can we deepen and expand our engagement with current and future partners, including communities, faith communities, workplaces and a wider range of professional mental health people? And how can we create a more inviting experience for members and supporters of Shalem, so that they can experience a more vital role in the ministry of Shalem?
Future Service Directions/Shalem Centre of Excellence and Learning in Community-Based Mental Health: Everything that Shalem is doing is an experiment in creating a new, different relationship between communities and the professional mental health sector. That is our niche in the mental health world: it’s our calling card. Shalem is a laboratory for such experimentation, and in relatively short order it has been yielding very strong results, some of which have already been published in peer-reviewed professional journals. We have learned enough now to more seriously evaluate and research our results, interpret them and disseminate them in creative ways. That’s the vision of the new (virtual) Shalem Centre of Excellence and Learning in Community-Based Mental Health that we will establish by 2017. It will serve as a platform for learning, improved practice and influence in the mental health world. This is an exciting development!
Fully Implementing Shalem’s Business Model: with the recent establishment of the legally incorporated, separately governed Shalem Mental Health Foundation, we are one step closer to long-term financial sustainability. With the support of Christian Stewardship Services, we will develop and implement a comprehensive development plan. We will also review each program area at Shalem with a view to strengthening the revenue streams within each one, and we’ll undertake Social Return on Investment (SROI) analyses of various Shalem programs. These analyses, we expect, will be compelling and will position us well for the newest trend on the horizon: funding opportunities based on the ability to demonstrate the Social Return on Investment of specific programs.
We are excited by these three directions. We especially covet your prayers and support as we seek guidance from God in moving forward through them. Thank you! A copy of the entire Strategic Plan is available upon request.