This is a time of opportunity. A time to act. To be stewards of our region’s well-being. To relentlessly pursue solutions to its most challenging health needs. To be the force for hope, for healing—for good.

Miller-Dwan Foundation is an independent public charity working to create a healthy, resilient region free from mental health crisis. We are advocates, facilitators and mobilizers working in partnership with innovators, providers and donors. Our goal—be a catalyst for change and provide the resources we all must have to live empowered and dignified lives.

Over 4,500 childhoods positively impacted by the care received at Amberwing since opening in 2012
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82 journeys supported for individuals + families by Solvay Hospice House in 2022
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7,442 victories realized by inpatient & outpatient physical rehabilitation patients in 2022
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4 new healing partners in the form of therapy dogs added to this growing program in 2022
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mental health care

The advancement of quality mental health care in our region is our priority. It is critical that we increase access to the right care at the right time.

We invest in programs and facilities that support child and adolescent wellness and are dedicated to the most effective treatment approaches for children, adolescents and their families.

Each year, nearly one in three adults experiences a mental health issue. We fund services and facilities that help provide needed care and the ability to help people successfully manage daily and community living.

Having the right resources, knowing where to turn—these concerns are at the heart of those who care about someone experiencing mental health issues. We are here to help.

Created and owned by the Miller-Dwan Foundation, Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being, is a lifeline for children and families, a place where the best possible short-term intensive mental health care is available.

How to tell if you or a loved one is struggling with mental health
Grace's Story
When Grace’s anxiety became too big to wrap her arms around, she turned to Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being. There, she learned the skills to breathe through difficult moments while feeling validated and supported along the way.
Eliot's Story
A travel and outdoors enthusiast in his 70s, Eliot had no plans to slow down or cut back on his daily three-mile hikes. Then, a Parkinsonism diagnosis changed everything.
Wayne's Story
COVID-19 knocked Wayne down, hard and fast. Over the next 3 months, he slowly got back up with the steady help of a dedicated team of rehabilitation specialists who were learning, like the rest of the world, how to adjust during a pandemic.
Chelsea's Story
Getting kids in speech therapy to open up and engage isn’t always easy. But having a cheery black Lab retriever there to greet them and learn alongside them can help. Speech-language pathologist Chelsea Sorvik and Humble the dog work together to bring out the best in kids.
Shari's Story
When it comes to traumatic burn injuries—the kind caused by extreme heat and cold, chemicals, electricity and more—the right care can make a life-or-death difference.
Esther's Story
Esther died alone, in a motel room. It was a cold, murky morning. The hotel was small and cheap and located just off the freeway.
Kale's Story
When your world is changing fast, both inside and around you, it helps to have the right people and skills to lean on. Kale Pierson and his family found that at just the right time.
Jack & Nova's Story
When Nova enters a room, people light up at the sight of the 120-pound black Newfoundland dog. As an animal therapist, she needn’t say anything. Her mere presence has a calming effect.
Abby's Story
Emotional pain from the past can splash into life and relationships without warning. To brace those waves, the Fermenich family tunes into faith, humor and the tools they learned from Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being.
Alina's Story
Alina Beer cared for her husband for seven years. Married 15 years, the cancer diagnosis was a devastating blow.

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A monthly donation of $100 will support one teen enrolled in a 3-week Amberwing outpatient program.

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