Dedicated to the Support, Study, and Celebration of Personal Growth, Healing, and Freedom for All.

Who We Are

The Institute is a grassroots nonprofit community organization created by a group of creative counselors, therapists, social workers, and community activists. Our aim is to fill in what we see as gaps in the availability of easily accessible professional support for issues related to mental and emotional wellness.

We strive daily to meet that mission with a fresh, open minded, compassionate, diverse, and creative approach.

Our History:

Tired of watching managed care, health insurance, public health bureaucracy, and other institutional structures create obstacles for people in their paths to growth, healing and freedom, Steven “Stever” Dallmann was inspired to create something new.

Founded “as an experiment to see if the people can do this for themselves, in community,” the Liberation Institute (“Libi”) opened it’s doors on October 7 2008. That first day, with one 3 old lawn chairs in one small office, Stever saw our first 2 clients. They were both homeless men that Stever “dragged in off the street.” That day one of those clients went into a detox center and is still clean and sober today!

From that auspicious beginning, we have grown, one step at a time, to what we are today: a vibrant community of over 50 volunteer professional healers serving an average of nearly 200 clients every week.

And, as Stever says, this is just the start. There are no limits to what a determined and compassionate people can do to help each other.

How do we do it? This work can be difficult and, at times, heartbreaking.

Some of us gain inspiration from our motto, as stated by our founder Stever:

“Love as much as you can, from where you are, with what you’ve got.”

As Margaret Mead said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can

change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that every has.”

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