Chamberlain-Garland Counseling Fund
In loving memory of Savannah Chamberlain and Eric Garland, we have created the Chamberlain-Garland Counseling Fund. At Centerpoint, we have personally felt the effects of mental illness on many families in our gathering.
As a church we must to do everything we can to help alleviate the pain of mental illness that effects so many lives in our community. All donations to fund will help cover the costs of counseling for those who cannot afford it.
If you or someone you love struggles with mental illness,
we have a mental health resources page for you to find hope.
Savannah loved her family and friends! She absolutely LOVES the Lord!
From an early age, she brightened every room she entered. She is a beautiful girl that just wanted to be “better”, and help others find Jesus - and be “better” as well. From her prayer journals, we find that despite her mental struggles, Savannah desired to be the girl God had called her to be.
For most, to understand her mental condition was almost impossible, as she did not process information that she took personally, as most people do. It has NOTHING to do with intelligence, social skills, or the like. For someone with mental illness, communicating their turmoil is as though they are speaking a different language! And most of us, we “just do not get it!” As they often perceive things differently than most. The end-result, tragically, is often to attempt to escape this battle, by way of suicide.
In her times of clarity, Savannah’s two biggest desires were to lead people to the Lord, help those with mental illness. Savannah is now able to do both. In heaven, she is with Jesus, and she will help those with mental illness in great measure through the Chamberlain-Garland Fund.
- The Chamberlain Family
Eric loved Jesus and his wife and two babies. He was larger than life and the craziest goofball. He’d do anything to get you to smile. But several years ago, he got addicted to opioids after battling the Shingles twice.
He tried and tried to get clean, but he had such an addictive personality. After a short time in rehab a few years ago, he really became passionate about starting a recovery ministry for addicts. But he couldn’t shake his demons or his mental illness.
On January 4th, 2019, Eric took his own life. He would want people to be open and honest about their struggles. He’d want other people to have the opportunity to get the help and healing he didn’t get. He be proud of this fund and what Jesus is going to do with it.
- Nicole Golden, sister