WHO WE ARE
The Blue Dove Foundation was created to help address the issues of mental illness and substance abuse in the Jewish community and beyond. Based in Atlanta, we work with people and organizations across the United States and around the world.
The Jewish community is not immune to the problems the rest of society wrestles with when it comes to mental health and substance abuse. Yet we as a group too often have refused to acknowledge and discuss the issues. As a result, many individuals and their families suffer privately and lack the information necessary to address their struggles.
Recognizing the importance of collaboration when it comes to solving this community problem, we accomplish our work through program, promotional, and support partnerships. The Foundation values both our existing relationships and future partners whose missions align with ours.
To educate, equip, and ignite our Jewish community with tools to understand, support, and overcome the challenges presented by mental illness and substance abuse. As a community with a focus on tikkun olam, we work to eradicate the shame and stigma surrounding these issues. Once we achieve this goal, we can begin to improve and save lives.
- Education, awareness, and outreach: We encourage conversations and provide information and tools for individuals and families seeking assistance.
- Financial assistance for treatment: We provide hardship scholarships and/or interest-free loans.
- Scalable programs: We develop, design, and launch easily replicated programs for schools, synagogues, community centers, camps, institutions, and affinity groups. Programs include speaker series, mental health Shabbat dinners, community trainings utilizing the Blue Dove Foundation Mental Wellness Toolkit, and more.
WHY THE BLUE DOVE
In the book of Genesis, Noah released a dove after the great flood in order to see if the water had subsided. It came back carrying a freshly plucked olive leaf (Hebrew: עלה זית alay zayit), a sign of life and of God’s bringing Noah, his family, and the animals to a renewed land.
The dove represents peace of the deepest kind. It soothes and quiets our worried or troubled thoughts, enabling us to find renewal in the silence of the mind. Its roles as a spiritual messenger, maternal symbol, and liaison impart an inner peace that helps us go about our lives calmly and with purpose. Some believe the dove also represents hope, while others believe it denotes freedom.
Bringing peace, life, hope, and freedom for those facing addiction or other mental health challenges is the goal of the Blue Dove Foundation.