Before our son became sick, we had preconceived notions about people with serious mental illness.
Boy, we could not have been more wrong.
Mental illness is not what you think.
Nothing in this world can prepare you for watching your adult child succumb to a devastating brain illness. Nothing rivals it. Well, except America's broken treatment system that includes: antiquated laws, HIPAA constraints, insufficient use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment, revolving door hospital stays, scarcity of psychiatric beds, services, and skilled professionals, limited long term housing, and an unrealizing public.
It is through our journey of advocating for our own son, and navigating the chaotic patchwork of sparse resources, that we developed a passion for caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Our hearts are ruined for this cause and we hope yours will be too as you learn more and consider joining us on this journey toward a better migration of care.
- Matthew and Deborah, founders of P82 Project Restoration
What's in a name? P82 Project Restoration:
We are often asked what the "P82" stands for in "P82 Project Restoration." It comes from Psalm 82, verses 3 and 4, in the Bible: "Give justice to the weak and fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
There are four directives in these two verses: give, maintain, rescue, and deliver. These are very good things to do! Who doesn't want to help people who are in need? Yet, do we ever stop and consider why we should help? Is it simply a command to be obeyed so we can feel good about what we do, or is this tied to something greater than ourselves?
Psalm 82, and the whole Bible, is primarily about God. Those two simple verses show us who God is. God is just, so he is a father to the fatherless, compassionate to the weak, merciful to the needy, and good to all.
God especially cares for those relegated to the fringes of society. God has eyes for the outcasts. God remembers the forgotten. When we help those who cannot help themselves we reflect something of the heart of God.
P82 exists to help the helpless. Why? Because God first helped us. The apostle Paul said, "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:6-8) This is the heart and message of who we are and what we do. This is why we want to help.