AltaPointe Helps Keep Mobile Beautiful

 Twenty AltaPointe Health employees labored Saturday morning June 13 under an overcast sky, enduring 98 percent humidity with only a hint of a breeze, to help Keep Mobile Beautiful. They set aside personal errands and obligations to pick up trash discarded along public roads. Joined by a few of their family members, the volunteers donned safety vests and protective gloves, sprayed down with insect repellant and armed themselves with litter pickers around 8 a.m. They split into smaller groups and walked the sides of East and West I-65 Service Roads making their way through unmown grass and plowing through ditches to retrieve and bag trash that had been tossed from passing cars or left by pedestrians. Within a couple of hours, approximately 50 filled garbage bags were being tossed into a Dumpster located at AltaPointe Children’s Outpatient offices located on Old Shell Road.

The effort, tagged the AltaPointe Litter Gitter Day, fulfilled a promise to support Keep Mobile Beautiful made by the behavioral health organization when it submitted its 2015 City of Mobile performance contract budget proposal last fall. AltaPointe’s COS, Julie Bellcase explained, “At AltaPointe, we consider it our responsibility and privilege to do our part to help preserve Mobile’s heritage.”

In addition to picking up litter, AltaPointe keeps its corporate entrance at Knollwood Road and Southland Drive well-landscaped and (yes) beautified. The City helps fund AltaPointe’s involuntary commitment services conducted at its adult psychiatric unit at EastPointe Hospital.

“We appreciate the dedicated employees and family members who donated their time on a hot June morning to help beautify Mobile.  It made me very proud to be associated with each of them.” said Bellcase. Saturday’s volunteers included Joyce Barber, David Beech, Julie Bellcase, Robert Carlock, Mary Caron Downing, Teresa Graham, Bill Hamilton, Ykenna Turner, Heather Joseph, Carol Mann, David Mann, George Murrill, Somaly Murrill, Calvin Nettles, Olivia Nettles, Linda Smith, Edward Turner, Courtney Washington, Lee Ann McDonald, and Miranda McDonald.

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AltaPointe is Alabama’s most comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider with nearly 1,400 clinical and non-clinical staff members who provide treatment to more than 22,000 children, adolescents and adults annually in Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties. AltaPointe provides more than 50 programs and services all committed to enhancing quality of life for everyone it serves. The organization was established in 1957.

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