Karren Jones works in her NAMI office

April 29, 2012 | 8:18 p.m. CDT
Kar­ren Jones, 67, is of­ten the first one to ar­rive to the Na­tion­al Al­li­ance on Men­tal Ill­ness Mis­souri of­fice in Jef­fer­son City. She began work­ing at NAMI in 1989 after men­tal ill­ness caused her to go on dis­ab­il­ity from her job. “The pres­id­ent of NAMI told me that if I wanted to I could come to the of­fice and help out,” Jones said. “I helped so much that they put me on the payroll.” Today, Jones is a phone re­spon­der, ment­or and speak­er for the or­gan­iz­a­tion.

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