About Us

What is The Makeshift Movement?

About Us

What is The Makeshift Movement?

Our Mission

The Mission of The Makeshift Movement is to create a safe place where our community can talk openly about mental health, suicide, and substance abuse. We aim to:

  • Give a voice to those struggling with mental illness and addiction and encourage them to speak up before it's too late
  • Equip individuals with the tools to support their family members and friends
  • Empower communities to identify and approach these issues head on

Our Plan

  • Host community events: town halls, open forums, school presentations
  • Create a clearinghouse of resources: distribute these through our website, social media, and via mobile
  • Provide a clear path to access: allow those who need help to connect with mental health professionals and support groups

Our Motivation

Our community has been deeply affected by the loss of our friends, loved ones, children, and classmates. Over the years, Oceanside residents have been dying from overdose and suicide and struggling with mental illness and addiction. It is time for us to come together and shed light on these tragedies, share our stories, and dedicate a safe space that will break the stigma and bring our community out of the darkness.

The Makeshift Movement is not made up of the founders or a specific group of people. The Makeshift Movement is made up of the brave voices of the community. It is all of us.

In that spirit, we honor the life of our brother, son, friend, classmate and a member of our community, Anthony DiRocco. “Makeshift” was the name of a self-made skateboard/hangout area that Anthony frequented growing up in Oceanside. At The Makeshift Movement, we will strive to broaden and improve our collection of resources and education related services surrounding addiction and mental health. This is something we will all be adding to as time goes on—our “makeshift” resource—Our Makeshift Movement.

We hope to continue to share the stories of our community whose lives may have been changed, or did change, because of the resources and conversations that we endeavor to bring to the forefront.

Anthony DiRocco
Anthony DiRocco

Our Team

  • Alison Amato, Chief Community Liaison and Founder
  • Jessica DiRocco, Chief Operations Officer and Founder
  • Lauren Peteroy, Chief Communications Officer and Founder
  • Alexander Tucciarone, Chief Strategy Officer and Founder
  • John Kuehn, Creative Director
  • Samantha Postle, Senior Advisor

Friends of Makeshift

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Please consider donating so that we can realize our vision and continue to involve our caring community in new and exciting opportunities!