Allamakee Communities Building Resilience

As Allamakee County residents face brain health challenges, local organizations are bringing a proven model for supporting perseverance and resiliency to their communities. 

With funding from the Community Foundation and other partners, representatives from Mental Health Today-Matt Howe Tribute (MHT) and Worldmaker International are making the THRIVE Resilience Model™ available county-wide. Mollie Marti, social psychologist and Worldmaker founder, helped bring THRIVE to Waukon schools in 2019. 

Now, organizers aim to reach over 10,000 people by activating networks and teaching relationship-based resilience-building through a series of community workshops. The initiative delivers realistic, proven practices for adults and youth. 

MHT holds an endowment at the Community Foundation and has partnered with another endowment, the Alice Hermeier Fund, to help launch the initiative. 

“People are seeking tools to support brain health and resilience-building, and we aim to provide them with what they need,” says MHT co-founder Rachelle Howe. 

“Before, I didn’t know how my values related to my life story and I never realized how much my dream meant to me,” says high school student Kaitlyn Krambeer, who was inspired by the first workshop in March. “This activity highlighted my path toward my goals.” 

You can support wellness in your community with a gift to the Allamakee Forever Fund, which will help address urgent needs like brain health for generations to come. Learn more at