The Wellness Project Named a Mutual of America 2012 Community Partnership Award Winner

Vancouver, Washington Organization Provides Free Mental Health Services to Uninsured Individuals

Nov 15, 2012, 11:27 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that The Wellness Project was named a Merit Finalist in the 2012 Community Partnership Award competition.

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The Wellness Project, offered by Community Services Northwest, was founded in 2003 when a group of local doctors, hospitals, colleges and social services providers came together to find a solution for individuals who need mental health services but are uninsured or underinsured.

In partnership with universities in Washington and Oregon, master's level student counselors, under direct supervision of licensed mental health professionals, provide individual and group therapy, specialized groups and other forms of support. Over the past three years, 150 student interns and volunteer counselors have provided treatment and support to 677 clients, with 8,842 hours of counseling services.

"Many of our clients don't have the money for food and housing, let alone therapy," said Denise Stone, Wellness Project Manager. "The Wellness Project eases their burden by providing the solution-focused services and support they desperately need, in a warm and welcoming environment."

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 170 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit

"All of the 2012 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit


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