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On February 27th, 2021, the world lost a beautiful soul in Ouida C. Wolfgang-McIlhinney. Born on March 10th, 1966 in Rolling Hills, PA, she enjoyed life with meticulous attention, especially to nature and critters. Ouida excelled in technology. Proficient in graphic design, building databases, and web design—just to name a few—she had a special love for teaching tech and used simple analogies to explain it. Art was her first passion at a young age. Ouida graduated with an associate degree in Fine Arts at Buck’s County Community College in Pennsylvania. She loved learning and creating—whether it was a database or an acrylic painting.

 

Always available to help anyone, Ouida gave much of her time to community mental health providers in the Gainesville, Florida area. People in her life admired and loved her kindness, integrity, and gentle bravery. Ouida’s memory is carried on by her brother, Tim Wolfgang and his wife, Margie, her adopted family in Florida and Louisiana, her partner of six years, Lloyd Boulet III and his family, and so many who had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be missed by her multitude of pets, most recently, cats Bob & Pixel, four sugar gliders, one grumpy hedgehog, and fish.

Ouida loved the flora as well. Gardening was her relaxing retreat, and she definitely had a green thumb. Science-fiction and comics were a big part of her life. Doctor Who, Supernatural, and X-men were among many favorites.

 

We would like to thank all staff and related personnel at UF Health Shands Hospital, as they did an excellent job caring for our beloved Ouida. For donations in memory of Ouida, please consider Peaceful Paths in Gainesville, Florida or the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery.

NAMI is here to help

We have and will continue to modify our services to meet the increasing need for peer support services caused by the pandemic, while at the same time limiting person-to-person contact.  In summary, our programs have been modified as follows:  

 

NAMI Support Groups:  NAMI’s Connections and Family Support Group meetings are occurring at the regularly scheduled times by virtual meetings on Zoom.  For instructions on how to log in, click on the meeting in the calendar on our website: namigainesville.org/calendar.

 

Courses and Presentations:  Due to continuing concerns about safety during this pandemic, The Basics, Family to Family, Peer to Peer, Ending the Silence and In Our Own Voice programs have all been moved to the online we conferencing platform, Zoom. You can view our 2021 course schedule under the Schedule tab or click HERE

 

NAMI Gainesville Administration Line: For general information about our Programs, opportunities to volunteer or to speak to staff please call (352)320-0457 or email info@namigainesville.org

 

NAMI Gainesville Helpline: If you need support please call our confidential helpline: (352) 335-7770.  Leave a message and your call will be returned  within 24 hrs. by a trained NAMI volunteer.

 

Going forward we will be posting periodic updates on Facebook with changes to our services and information about other community services for peers – please follow us on Facebook at NAMI Gainesville if you are not already doing so. 

 

If you are a peer and need services or someone to talk to, please call us.  If you are someone who knows a peer who needs support, call us.  We are here to help.

We have updated our information poster that displays a list of all the services offered by NAMI Gainesville. 

 

If you would like a laminated copy, on us, please email info@namigainesville.org.

Save the Date

Family Support Group

We will be holding our Family Support Groups through Zoom (online or via phone) on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 7pm-8:30pm, beginning in April. 

If you are interested in joining a meeting, please email familysupportgroup@namigainesville.org for more information.

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Contact

Email: info@NAMIGainesville.org

 

Helpline:

(352) 335-7770

Please leave a message and a NAMI Gainesville volunteer will return your call

Administration line:

(352) 320-0457

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