The David G. Wilhelm Memorial Fund was created in honor of its namesake in 2020. It supports college students pursuing careers in mental and behavioral health services.
A licensed professional clinical counselor, David (1950-2020) made a lifelong career dedicated to helping others with mental and behavioral health issues. He worked at the Marion Area Counseling Center (MACC) for 39 years, serving as a clinical counselor through Associate Director. He wore many “hats” at MACC, including overseeing adult residential mental health services, case management, day treatment, Contact Careline, and addiction services. He supervised emergency mental health services at Marion General Hospital and spent many nights performing mental health assessments in the emergency room with patients in distress.
Throughout his time at MACC, Dave helped countless residents of Marion and the surrounding areas deal with subsistence abuse and mental health issues. In honor of those efforts, MACC’s men’s recovery home was named “Dave’s House” when it opened in 2015.
Post-retirement, Dave worked at Teaching for Change, a court-sponsored program where he taught people on probation how to make positive changes in their lives, and served on the Outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program team at Marion General, the Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board, and Marion’s Opiate Task Force.