Linden Lodge Dog Dash 2023

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Shred It Event 2023

This years Shred it Event will be held: Saturday, April 29th, 2023 from 9am-12pm.

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Community Impact Initiative

Our Community Impact Initiative is designed to help our fellow neighbors in Moore County do simple tasks to help those in need or simply to help a neighbor!

We enjoy raking pine straw, picking up sticks and general yard work.

Check out our request form for other things we can do to help you!

We work by donation only to Linden Lodge.

How can we help you?

Fill out a Form here

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Mental Illness Speech

Ashley Baker, Executive Director for Linden Lodge Speech on Mental Illness given at a Prayer Breakfast in honor of Dr. Ben Carson 3/19/22, Pinehurst, North Carolina

In 1st Kings Chapter 19, The Prophet Elijah afraid for his life and tired of running, lays in a bush and prays “I have had enough, Lord. Let me die.”

Instead, God sent food, drink, and rest.

And then he sent help.

These are simple necessities that all people need to thrive in our world.

Over 10 years ago, Marianne Kernan founded Linden Lodge. Our Foundation focuses on housing and supporting people like Elijah often in their worst moments who have a mental illness. We do this by linking with local organizations and providing housing, meals, medication administration, activities, and support for our residents including transportation to jobs and volunteer work all at ZERO dollars to taxpayers.

Daily we receive phone calls asking for placement. The reality is we need many more Linden Lodges to support the need of so many people suffering. They need only the same things we all do- Air, Food, Water, shelter, and someone to make sure they are ok.

If a person says they have a diagnosis such as cancer we ask immediately, how can I help you? We provide them with every medical care available, we even do Go Fund Me Campaigns for them. But when someone needs help with their mind, we shun them.

Every year 1 out of 5 people suffers from a mental disorder. They go to our emergency rooms for help and are handcuffed to beds until they “Change” their mind or wait weeks to get simple medication assistance or they can’t get help and are kicked out on the streets leading to our growing homeless population.

The narrative must change. We must treat ALL people with illness regardless of what kind- EQUAL. We need to have adequate resources for them to get help. We need to review outside the box models like Linden Lodge and invest in PEOPLE.

Keep in mind- Beethoven, Abraham Lincoln, Virginia Woolfe, Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, and even Hitler all had one thing in common- besides being influential in our world history- they all suffered from a mental illness.

Mental illness affects worker productivity, and costs taxpayers a lot of money. For example, over 2 million people a year who are jailed have a mental illness. Persons with mental illness are more likely to use illegal drugs or abuse alcohol. And sadly we lose friends and family to suicide -one of the leading causes of death- the 2nd leading cause of death for those 10-34 years old.

YOU and I hold the power in our hearts to accept, support and embrace people suffering from a mental illness.

I implore YOU to include those suffering mentally in your prayers and learn more about mental illness and what you can do to help. These are our neighbors, our family, our co-workers, our friends, they are driving on our streets, sometimes they are living in our homes, AND sometimes it’s us.

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Linden Lodge Community Impact

Our Community Impact program is designed to help our fellow neighbors in Moore County do simple tasks to help those in need or simply to help a neighbor.
Please note: we are limited in the amount of tasks we are able to do per week but we will do our best to do what we can when we can. Please fill out this form and we will contact you to confirm if we are able to assist you. We can only help our local neighbors.

Please fill out the form to request assistance. Link

Linden Lodge Announces new program “Community Impact”  Press release

Aberdeen, NC February 9,2022 — Linden Lodge Foundation, Inc. a local non-profit organization serving those with severe mental illness in Moore County, is launching a new program called, “Linden Lodge Community Impact.”  The Linden Lodge Community Impact program is designed to help neighbors in Moore County do simple tasks helping those in need or simply to help a neighbor.  Tasks can be to mow small yards, rake pine straw, pick up pinecones or a dozen brownies delivered to a friend. They are volunteers, not professionals and are limited in the amount of tasks they are able to do per week but we will do their best to do what they can when they can. They are asking for donations to be made to Linden Lodge for each completed task. Proceeds will go toward their resident activity fund so they can enjoy things like going bowling, to the movies and out to eat. Tasks can be requested by visiting or on their Facebook page and filling out a simple form. 

Linden Lodge’s goal is to provide a high quality of life for all residents, ongoing improvement and increased self-esteem and the ultimate elimination of stigma against those with a mental illness. Residents, staff and volunteers work side-by-side to develop treatment plans, set goals and discover ways to successfully achieve them. Success depends upon the Lodge’s ability to inspire partnerships between residents, staff, board members, volunteers, organization partners, medical providers and the larger community. Linden Lodge is completely funded by community donations, they do not receive any government funding. For more information about Linden Lodge, visit their website at:

About the foundation: The Linden Lodge Foundation, Inc.,  is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with a serious and persistent mental illness by providing opportunities for residents to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support. Linden Lodge accomplishes this goal by providing a safe, stable residence and the development of innovative, motivational, educational and vocational prospects.   ###

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Did you know?

Mental Health Disorder Statistics

  • An estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older — about 1 in 4 adults — suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
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Amazon Smile

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “Linden Lodge Foundation” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. 

How it works: 
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone 
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features 
3. Select “Linden Lodge Foundation” as your charity 
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app 

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Linden Lodge Foundation Chair named “Most Impactful Player in Mental Health in 2019”!

Marianne Kernan 2017

Pete Early, former Washington Post reporter, Mental Health Advocate, and long time friend of Linden Lodge, has just named Linden Lodge Foundation’s Chair, Marianne Kernan, “Most Impactful Player in Mental Health in 2019”.

Each year, Early picks a well-known individual or organization that is making a significant impact in Mental Health.

Continue reading on Pete Early’s website, here.

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Former N.C. Photographer Loses His Long Battle with Depression.

Guy Reynolds- photo credit to
 Allison V. Smith

Guy Reynolds, a previous Winston-Salem photographer has died. Reynolds was a friend of a friend of Linden Lodge. He recently beat cancer, he was a Pulitzer award recipient for his photography, and he worked for many years with The Dallas Morning News. Guy Reynolds also lived with Major Depression. In the end, no matter how much had been accomplished in his life, Reynolds still fell victim to an invisible illness. Our hope at Linden Lodge is for this amazing man’s life to live on through his beautiful photographs and to bring awareness to Mental Illness.

Major Depression in particular affects around 16 million adults in the US alone. Major Depression causes severe symptoms that affect everyday life. Personal hygiene, sleep, work productivity, and eating habits can all be affected by depression.  Major Depressive Disorder is treatable. To learn more about Guy Reynolds, check out this article from To learn more about Major Depressive Disorder please visit the National Institute of Mental Health.

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