Houston Homeless Donation Drive

Dear Friends in Houston,

For over a century, Star of Hope has been bringing positive change to the lives of homeless men, women and children through spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse. This year, the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) has joined hands with Star of Hope to raise awareness amongst these homeless populations about mental health while offering a small token of our support.

Join us in our efforts to make a difference by donating essential personal care items that can be packaged and distributed to Houston’s homeless population.
**Drop off boxes will be available at our booth at the Greater Houston NAMI Walk on May 2 (http://namigreaterhouston.org/nami-test-walk/) and also at the Second Annual Mental Health Dignity Day Rally on May 3 (http://www.thehoustonwalk.org/event/2nd-annual-national-mental-health-dignity-day/).
If you are unable to make it to either of these drop off opportunities, please contact louise.gillespie@sardaa.org to find out if we can collect your donation**

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Accepted items include:

Baby Powder
Shower Gel
Shaving Cream
Feminine Hygiene Products
Hand Sanitizer
Body Lotion 
Band Aids
Toilet Paper
Wet Wipes
Brush or Comb
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Local Recruitment (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) – How does Puberty Affect Brain Development?

Your healthy child age 8, 12 or 13, is invited to participate in an NIH outpatient research study that examines how puberty affects brain development.

Participation includes 1-3 day outpatient visits to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland every 8-10 months until age 17, for a physical examination, body measurements, questionnaires, MRI scans, blood draws, urine collection and x-rays. Participants must NOT have any chronic medical or psychiatric illnesses, nor be on any long-term medication. Parents must agree to their child’s participation.

Evaluations and research procedures are free of cost. Compensation is provided. Call for information and eligibility criteria: 301-496-9576, TTY: 1-866-411-1010

Detailed Protocol Description: www.clinicaltrials.gov , Protocol 11-M-0251