- August Calendar Winners:
- Joyce Colucci
- Joanne Noonan
- Erin Lynch
- Monika Smith
- Joanna O’Reilly
- 2016 calendars are printed next month!
Just like you, we are all about the back to school business at hand! Calls have been steadily coming into our three programs. Girls are looking for a place to hang their hats for the school year. Friends and family who have been providing a couch to crash on, are no longer an option. We are ready for the influx! Yesterday, a worried mom stopped by to ask about our program. Her 16-year-old daughter is scheduled to move in later in the week from a temporary respite. I was glad she stopped by. We rarely get to meet the parents/guardians here at the main office. Only occasionally do parents spend time at the shelters getting to know how we operate. While listening to her story I realized how much this family needs our services. I felt so relieved that we could be here for them. I know that with some support, the future can be better for them. Unfortunately, the calls we get from parents are usually unpleasant. They are typically defensive and feel like they have failed in some way. It is our job to let them know that we are not here to judge them and that with a little cooperation and support, things will get better. I hope that for every young girl that walks through our doors, a family can find some healing.
Speaking of healing…Mercy welcomes two new therapists Lori Thompson, and Chivaun Carter who started group and individual therapies at our three shelters in late August. Lori has a great deal of experience with trauma survivors, and Chivaun’s specialty is with the homeless population. We will have three interns beginning in mid September. Two will be from Stony Brook’s Bachelor of Social Work program, and one will be from Suffolk Community’s Human Services Program. All three will learn the ropes of residential living, and I am sure they will teach us a thing or two. Learning is reciprocal!
Please consider making our 5k run/walk part of your fall plans. This year it will take place at 9am on October 17th at Smith Point Beach. It will end (10:30) just in time for you to head east afterwards to hit the pumpkin picking and fall harvest fun on the north and south forks. You can register on our website. While you are there, check out the option to buy tickets to our 32nd Anniversary Brunch on November 8th at Island Hills Golf Club where we will honor long time volunteer and Mercy supporter Catherine Olinger! Options to place an ad in the journal will go out next month.
Good luck to all of our little ones(a first grader and kindergartner in our Mercy apartments), and our teens starting a fresh new school year!
Labor day Fact: Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century! I suppose they were busy building up the country for us to enjoy present day. I like the new labor standards a lot better. Let’s continue to take care of the country, but also take care of ourselves! Enjoy… but remember, the official end of Summer isn’t until the 23rd.
Briana Taylor, LMSW 631-447-3978