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Published on December 10th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


2019 Catalyst Award to Mental Illness Recovery Center (MIRCI)

Columbia, S.C. —Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ local center for philanthropy, awarded the 2019 David W. Robinson Catalyst Award to Mental Illness Recovery Center (MIRCI). 

The award, created in memory of inaugural board member David W. Robinson, was established by the Foundation and the Robinson Family in 1994. It recognizes organizations in our 11-county service area that have exemplified leadership, creativity, vision and commitment in addressing critical community issues. Nominations are accepted from the public each year and the recipient is selected by the Foundation’s Community Impact Committee.

MIRCI is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide community-based services to individuals recovering from severe mental illness and/or emotional disorders in the Midlands. This is accomplished through a variety of counseling, housing, and financial management initiatives.

“MIRCI is persistent in their efforts to eradicate mental illness.” says JoAnn Turnquist, President and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “Through community collaboration, they are improving the lives of those with mental illness.”

Since 1960, MIRCI has worked to aid individuals with mental illness and experiencing homelessness. MIRCI was created as a social club for individuals who were mentally ill. Over the years, MIRCI has expanded to address gaps in services and resources in the community, eventually growing into an accredited behavioral healthcare provider.

For more information about the David W. Robinson Catalyst Award, visit

About Central Carolina Community Foundation:

Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ center for philanthropy, is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the online giving challenge Midlands Gives, On the Table, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund, the Best of Philanthropy Awards, Annual scholarships, and more. For more information about the Foundation, visit or call 803.254.5601.


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