2011 TWIN Honoree Spotlight

5 Sep

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 15th event, we will highlight each of our 25 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or would like to reserve a ticket, please visitwww.ywcaofasheville.org.

Lisbeth Riis Cooper, CooperRiis Healing Community

CooperRiis is a Mental Health Recovery Program centered on a ‘healing farm’ in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a recently added urban-based campus near Asheville. Individuals with mental illness arrive at CooperRiis’ doorstep,  often dis-empowered, dis-engaged, dis-eased and stuck.  As Co-Founder of CooperRiis, Lisbeth has played a leading role in empowering almost 500 individuals over the last 8 years, since CooperRiis opened. She has led the building of an entire organization that empowers individuals whom most of society would have relegated to a state of hopelessness rather than empowerment.  Renowned author Oliver Sacks wrote about CooperRiis saying that it has helped to revive the (nearly) lost virtues of community and compassionate care for the field of mental health care.

One Response to “2011 TWIN Honoree Spotlight”

  1. Fran Wishnick September 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Congratulations Lisbeth (and Don). You deserve this!

    Fran and Ken Wishnick

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