TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Hamilton Center has announced several awards to various leaders throughout the community at the organization’s annual awards dinner.
The event took place on October 24 at the Sycamore Banquet Center and many awards were presented to celebrate those in the community who have significantly contributed to the mission of the Hamilton Center in combating mental health issues and addiction.
A list of winners and a description of their efforts for the community has been supplied by the Hamilton Center. The list of award winners is as follows:
- Volunteer winner | LT Thompson, an individual who has not only devoted his life to assisting people to improve their health through wellness but has mentored so many children who would otherwise not have the means to participate in organized sports or other community events. Thompson has spent hours coaching and training kids in sports and in life. He often transports them to games and practices and pays their participation fees out of his own pocket to get them involved. He is a wonderful role model to many and his mentorship has provided guidance and support to children who needed a positive role model in their lives.
- Community winner | DeAnna Griffin, Executive Dir. of Phoenix House. Griffin was described as an incredible advocate for women in recovery. She works tirelessly to reunite women in recovery with their children – providing love and support throughout the entire process. Griffin works with the only recovery house for women in Terre Haute – Phoenix House. It is a faith-based residential recovery program that provides a structured sober-living environment, along with 12-step recovery, behavior modification, accountability, peer support, service work, support groups, and discipleship teachings of biblical truths. Griffin is building sisterhood, impacting the community, and reigniting hope in so many.
- Youth winner | Imer Holman, a student who was described by his nominator as a young person who embodies the attributes of a truly great person. He is unselfish and works to improve the lives of others. He started a program at Terre Haute South to help students understand that there is always someone available to help if in need. Holman teamed up with Hamilton Center to initiate events at middle schools and in the community to provide assistance to students struggling.
- Staff winner | Crystal Reynolds, PhD, a woman described by her nominator as the most compassionate person that he has ever known. Reynolds’ background and experience in education, legal, and consulting have uniquely positioned her to holistically assist consumers in various facets of their lives. Her dedication, willingness to serve, and commitment to the community are unmatched. She has been working for Hamilton Center since 2019 as a Care Manager. Her educational and work experience is extensive which includes a Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana State University, a Doctorate of Juris from Tulane University, and a bachelors degree and masters degree in History from Indiana State. Reynolds is known for her outspoken advocacy, compassion, and community service.