Dear Supporters, Allies, and Partners in Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery.
My name is Rachel Del Rossi and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as I begin my new role as the Interim Executive Director at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF). I feel excited and humbled to have been granted this tremendous opportunity and I am committed to positive change within our organization, our community and beyond.
I have been a non-profit leader for nearly 20 years, with the better part of that spent here in our unique and extraordinary city of San Francisco. I am a community member, sports fan, lover of art, arguer of politics and philosophy, champion of our beautiful city, history buff, pet owner, wife, and mom of two spirited children. I have also had my own experiences with mental health challenges. I know a thing or two about change and I know that change can be hard and sometimes scary; I also know that change is a necessary part of life, and that it can be a wonderful opportunity for growth. I know that change makes us who we are, and the challenges we face can make us stronger. I hold that belief dearly in this shaky, unpredictable, and painful time of national transition. We will be here to face the future together.
At MHASF, we’ve been here for 69 years, providing mental health education, advocacy, research, and supports to the City and County of San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. We’re proud to continue that tradition and excited about the new changes that our coming our way.
In months to come, you’ll see MHASF:
- Renewing old partnerships – and building new ones – in San Francisco and on all sides of the Bay
- Continuing our commitment to wellness and recovery while seeking new ways to serve our community
- Bringing new peer support programs to San Francisco
- Reaching out with new mental health recovery trainings and educations
On behalf of MHASF, I’d like to extend our gratitude for the community partnerships and relationships we’ve formed over the past 69 years; to express our dedication and commitment to the recovery-focused service you’ve come to expect from us; and to invite you to share our excitement about the positive changes that are right around the corner for us – and, as part of our community, for you too!
I look forward to getting to know you better in my new role and to working together towards positive change for mental health recovery in San Francisco.
Rachel Del Rossi