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I grew up in a household with little expectations for my career. It was a loving environment with a strong work ethic and Christian values, all attributes I am thankful for. As the first born and a …

I grew up in a household with little expectations for my career. It was a loving environment with a strong work ethic and Christian values, all attributes I am thankful for.

As the first born and a girl, with a brother born 14 months later, I felt as if I always lived in the shadow of my brother who was extremely intelligent, athletic, and popular.

My mother was one of 12 children, living on a tenant farmer’s farm where she went to school part-time so that she had time to care for her younger siblings and work the farm. Her upbringing was abusive and controlling.

My father, seven years older than my mother, I believe in many ways saved her from a life of further abuse.

Neither of my parents graduated from college, and while I was never discouraged from furthering my education, I was never encouraged either. 

Once I started pursuing college, my parents were supportive and financially assisted as best they could.

Upon graduation, I decided if I was to make a career for myself, I would need to spread my wings and move out of state, which is what I did, moving from Nebraska to Menominee Michigan and then to Marion.

The best mentoring I received was when I moved to Marion, and started crossing paths with professional men and women who lifted me up and guided me.

As an adult I value the traits my parents instilled in me, despite, as a child and teen, yearning for a little more expressions of love or pride. But that would come later as I excelled in my work life.

So, needless to say, when Larry and I started to have children, I was determined to instill a strong work ethic, focus on Christ and a mantra that said you can do anything you desire, and you will graduate from college.

Now, I know, college is not for everyone, and I am thankful, it has proven to be a fit for my three daughters who are well on their career paths.

Laura graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and obtained her Master of Architecture with Concentrations in Historic Preservation and Ecological Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Laura is currently working at an architecture firm in Austin Texas.

Andrea graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics with minors in Mathematics and Sport Marketing and Management and is currently working on her Master of Science in Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Administration and Sport Management at IU.

Marissa will graduate in May from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting degree and begin her Master of Science in Accounting in August at Purdue.

So, while it is important to celebrate Women’s History month, and focus on all the accomplishments of women who have come before us, we must also focus on those girls and young women who surround us.     

Are we doing all we can to instill in each of them that they can do whatever they set their mind to, that the sky is the limit? 

My challenge to each of you, is to find ways to interact with young girls and women focusing on what they can do and working to empower them to be the best they can be so they too will some day be part of Women’s History.

Pictured Above- Left to Right: Laura Wilk, Marissa Wilk, and Andrea Wilk

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As of January 18, 2023, Grant Blackford Mental Health and Family Services Society, two organizations that merged in April 2022, rebranded under the unified name Radiant Health.

We’re excited for you to meet the new us, and to get a chance to help work together on the new you.

How we help.

When you’re in the middle of it, addiction can feel like a dead-end road. We know for certain that it isn’t. Just like any mental health challenge, addiction is an obstacle on our path. And, with some innovation and hardwork, we can work our way around it. On the other side of that obstacle is a bright future with healthy relationships, purpose-driven life, and a profound joy that’s been missing for all too long.

What do we mean?

Like so many things, mental health is passed down through families. Through behaviors, mirroring, and conditioning, we learn so much of what we know from those closest to us. Oftentimes that’s for the better, sometimes it’s not. At Radiant Health, we’re here to help ensure that your family makes purpose and joy as hereditary as any trait you might pass down to future generations. With a bit of hard word, together, we can make joy run in your family. 

What is Better?

Better ≠ perfect. Better means a path of continuous improvement; of evolution. When we focus on getting 1% better, 1% brighter every single day., we’re able to see the joy in the moment, while feeling the pride that comes with taking the reins over your life and working hard on yourself.  Here at Radiant, to focus on your future, we move towards it one achievable step at a time. 

What is Better Care?

When we talk about “brighter, better care” through our specialized services it boils down to 3 simple ideas. First, better care is safer care. Our facilities and staff are trained and equipped to offer safe, secure facilities during any stay. Second, better care is a respect for dignity. We believe in the dignity of every human being and we treat each person with the same level of respect. Finally, better care is the pursuit of purpose. Our treatment is designed with the firm belief that every person has purpose and, through it, finds joy.

What to Expect?

At Radiant Health you can expect a warmth and cheer that are rare in the mental health space. We believe firmly that the commitment to mental health is a commitment to finding purpose, but also discovering joy in the pursuit of it. Walking through our doors is a simple and transparent process. You’ll begin with an initial consultation with our expert staff, developing a blueprint, and taking that first step towards incremental improvement.