We are Heart and Soul, Inc.
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Acceptance, inclusion, and dignity
for those striving toward self-defined mental wellness...
Founded in 2005, Heart and Soul Inc. is a peer-founded, operated, and governed organization hosting over 6000 program visits per year. Our Self Help Centers and anti-stigma programming offer a variety of mental health recovery-oriented and wellness support opportunities for adults within San Mateo County.
Peer support was declared an evidence-based practice by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2007. Supporting our participants in taking a whole-person-centered approach toward their mental wellness is our goal. Through one-on-one, peer-to-peer counseling, self-help groups, mindfulness classes, art for wellness, and our highly respected Seeing Through Stigma campaign, we are changing the conversation from Diagnosis to Dialogue and shifting the focus from Mental Illness to Mental Resilience! Our dedicated and passionate staff encourages individuals with mental health challenges to be engaged in their recovery efforts.
Meet Our Management Team
Chief Operations Officer Interim & Program Director
Heart and Soul Inc./HOPE Program
Hello, I serve as the Program Director for the H.O.P.E. program and carry a background of work in the field of mental health. and substance use treatment. I'm particularly passionate about mentoring and educating transitional-aged youth. I'm personally committed to human rights and welfare and creating a compassionate and empathetic environment of support within the workspace. In my free time, I enjoy finding places in nature to explore, visiting friends, and recording music at home.
Amaal Greenwood Goodwin
Chief Peoples Officer & Program Director
Heart and Soul Inc./Total Wellness Program
I was diagnosed with mental health challenges in 2009. After learning how to support myself in my mental wellness recovery, I became a founding member of the California Clubhouse where I gained stability and employment. It was through the Clubhouse that I got my position as a peer mentor for the HOPE Helping Our Peers Emerge program, a Heart and Soul collaborative pilot program. As of July 1, 2019, I am now the Program Director of Heart and Soul. I enjoy my role overseeing our wellness centers Friends of Hope, True Hope, The Source, and Coastside. I work on partnering with the local organizations in the mental health community. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or opportunities to collaborate.
Seeing Through Stigma, Program Director
I have worked with Heart and Soul for 8 years. My recovery experience consists of the coping skills I have formed over the years to manage my mental health challenges. Some of these include sleep, nutrition, exercise, and socialization. It is also important for me to do the things I love to do most which are my favorite hobbies. I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and watching movies. It is important for me to work in a job which excites and motivates me. I am able to do that by working with Heart and Soul's Seeing Through Stigma. I enjoy working with my peers in recovery and getting to know them and scheduling the panels. I also enjoy pairing the panelists with the panels. More...
I joined Heart and Soul in July 2015. Learning about mental wellness and peer support has been a life-affirming journey of personal growth. For me, important aspects of the mental health recovery journey are hope and community.
Recovery has empowered me with new life skills, insights, and ways of thinking to manage my mental health challenges. I am no longer a powerless victim afflicted with an incurable disease, but a survivor with a wellness toolkit to build a happier future. I’ve been able to create a healthy, joyful, and productive life, and I can give back to the peer community who have given me so much support. When I learned that sharing the story of my lived experience can help others, recovery gave meaning to my struggles. When I realized that I am a member of a community that understands my experiences, I no longer felt isolated, stigmatized, and cut off from society. I belong somewhere!
It is especially gratifying to use my skills to advocate for the mental health community. Above all, I love feeling so connected to my peer colleagues; whenever I express myself, I know I will be understood.
My hobbies are: Creative calligraphy, watercolors, and Zentangle art; Love of music, especially Jazz and the Gypsy Swing music of Django Reinhardt; Reading and the study of history; Following current events and being politically active; Speed-solving the New York Times crossword puzzles; Networking with my many friends on Facebook; Museum-going in San Francisco; Celebrating my Asian heritage; and the joy of cooking. As a recent contestant on "Jeopardy!", I had the honor of appearing in Alex Trebek's last episodes.