History of the Foundation

The Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation was founded in 1997 by James Foster at the request of Reverend Hal Marchman and Dr. Ernest Cantley.

The Foundation was initially established to support Stewart-Marchman Center and addiction services in Flagler and Volusia Counties.  In 2008, Stewart-Marchman Center merged with ACT Corporation and became Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare.

With that merger, the Foundation expanded its support to include mental health services.  As SMABH grew, so did the Foundation and today it supports addiction and mental health services in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties.

Current Fundraising Activity

The Foundation hosts an assortment of fundraisers and events in order to raise the funds to support SMABH.  They include the Annual Dinner Celebration & Auction, Jay’s Hope (Bouquets of Hope and Who is Jay? products) and the annual Foundation Membership drive.

The following is a list of just some of the needs the Foundation has been successful in providing through the funds raised:

  • Construction of the Vince Carter Sanctuary, which now houses WARM (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers)
  • New furnishings for WARM
  • Renovations to the Putnam Outpatient, Detox and Residential Center
  • Professional paint in the RAP program (Residential Adolescent Program), using specialty products able to hold up to a residential setting
  • A padded seclusion room at the W. Chester “Chet” Bell Crisis Center at Pinegrove, used to reduce physical and mechanical restraints of individuals in crisis
  • The Who is Jay? campaign during Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Health & Wellness opportunities for Adult Drug Court participants
  • EKG machine for the Crisis Unit
  • American Culinary Federation Certification Program fees for the culinary arts program at Reality House
  • Stitch in Time program materials at WARM
  • Incentives for Drug Court programs
  • Van safety equipment for the Enrichment Program
  • Video equipment for the MIS team at SMABH