Monika Mraz of Oxford Appointed Director of Development at For All Seasons

For All Seasons has announced the appointment of Monika Mraz as its first Director of Development. Mraz comes from UNICEF USA in New York, NY, where she worked 10 years, including in her most recent position as Vice President of Global Cause Partnerships. Prior to that, Mraz worked for Conservation International in Washington, DC and Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, NY. She completed a Masters of Business Administration from University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, UK and attended the ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Mraz, who lives in Oxford with her family, comments, “I was inspired by the mission of For All Seasons. As a behavioral health nonprofit, the organization cares about delivering mental health services to the community, without regard to a person’s ability to pay. Mental health is an important component in all of our lives and a cornerstone to everything we do.”

She adds, “I am very excited to be working with the organization at this time as we work to tackle the organization’s wait list. It is an ideal time to familiarize the community better with the range of services we provide and how to access them.”

Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “Monika brings a fresh new outlook, as well as vast experience in developing relationships with friends and donors in the community. As our first Director of Development, she will be an asset to the organization as we seek to grow support for the organization and to grow our Endowment.”

To talk with Monika, call  410-822-1018 or email her at mmraz@forallseasonsinc.org.

 

Photo by Jessie Auritt.

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For All Seasons and Talbot Mentors Collaborate on Art Therapy Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents

The Maryland Governor’s Office for Children has made reducing the impacts of incarceration on children, families and communities a priority area. National research indicates that children of incarcerated parents often have higher rates of mental health concerns including stress, emotional and attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, stigma and negative externalizing behaviors.

Talbot Family Network’s FY 16 Community Assessment and Planning process identified an estimated 616 children in Talbot County who are impacted by the incarceration of a parent. The survey of parents incarcerated at the Talbot County Detention Center indicated that their children were experiencing the following: 47% emotional stress, 21% school related learning or behavioral concerns, and 16% mental health concerns.

To address this issue in Talbot County, the Board of Talbot Family Network awarded Talbot Mentors with a grant that would allow them to increase the number of youth in mentoring relationships to include those youth who have been impacted by incarceration. The grant would also fund a support group for these youths. Katie Sevon, Executive Director, Talbot Family Network, states, “The program was very successful in FY17 and Talbot Family Network, with funding from the Children’s Cabinet, is pleased to continue to support these efforts in FY 18.”

The youth, who were in first through sixth grades, met once a week for 12 weeks. They asked that their support group include art therapy as a way of helping them cope with their situations of being children of incarcerated parents. Students met at both Talbot Mentors Easton and St. Michaels locations, utilizing the therapy services of For All Seasons. Curtis Murray, Support and Connect Specialist with For All Seasons, comments, “The biggest improvement we saw was in each child’s self-esteem. They gained confidence to express themselves through the art projects. They were able to share it with people who understood and empathized with them.”

Jazmine Gibson, Case Manager for Talbot Mentors, echoes Murray’s comments, adding, “Their self-portrait project really reflected emotionally what they were feeling. They drew how people see them on the outside and then drew what they were feeling on the inside. You could really tell what they were feeling with the lines and colors they created. It was great that they had the freedom to express themselves in that manner.”

According to Gerson Martinez, Executive Director of Talbot Mentors, “I am so grateful for the opportunity Talbot Mentors has to focus in on our mentees whose lives have been impacted by incarceration. This partnership between Talbot Family Network, For All Seasons, and Talbot Mentors truly provides a platform on which to advance our mission of enriching the lives of our mentees by providing access to programs like art therapy.”

A new 12-week session will start in March 2018 and run through June 2018 for students in grades five through eight. Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “Our agency continues to expand its outreach to the community, and this was the perfect opportunity to work with children and bring services to the community.  We are very proud of this partnership with Talbot Mentors and Talbot Family Network. It’s one more example of how community resources working together can make a greater difference.”

Students are referred to the Talbot Mentors Program through school-based mental health services.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273. 

Caption: The Board of Talbot Family Network awarded Talbot Mentors with a grant that would allow them to increase the number of youth in mentoring relationships to include those youth who have been impacted by incarceration. For All Seasons was selected to provide art therapy services as part of support services offered to these youths. Pictured back row, left to right, are Gerson Martinez, Executive Director of Talbot Mentors; Sue Golinski, Coordinator of Grants and Contracts; and Curtis Murray, Support and Connect Professional. Seated left to right are Jazmine Gibson, Case Manager for Talbot Mentors, and Katie Sevon, Executive Director, Talbot Family Network. Absent from the photo is Jane Gordon, LCPAT, Psychotherapist, Art Therapist.

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NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Campaign Kick-Off

NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Campaign Kick-Off
October 6, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Bartlett Pear at 28 South Harrison Street in Easton
Live music provided by the Choptank Big Band

For All Seasons kicks off Mental Health Awareness Week and the launch of their new suicide prevention campaign, NO MATTER WHAT…YOU MATTER at Easton’s First Friday event. The event is part of the First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops.
Easton Business Alliance Shopping Week
Sales Benefit For All Seasons
October 7 – 14, 2017
Easton’s business community is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week by donating a portion of their sales on specific dates during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The following Easton businesses will donate a portion of their sales on the following dates:
Bon Mojo Fri Oct 13
Chef and Shower Sat Oct 14
Colonial Jewelers
of Easton Fri Oct 13
Easton Bowl Fri Oct 13
Harrison’s Wines
and Liquors Wed Oct 11
Kiln Born Creations Sun Oct 08
Krave Fri Oct 13
La De Da Fri Oct 13
Levity Thu Oct 12
Lizzie Dee Wed Oct 11
Marc | Randall Fri Oct 13
Nestled Baby
& Child Fri Oct 13
Out of the Fire Thu Oct 12
Rise Up Coffee Tue Oct 10
Trade Whims Fri Oct 13
Vintage Books and Fine Arts Fri Oct 13

Additional Sponsors include:
Acme
Ashley Insurance
Bartlett Pear Inn
Choptank River Big Band
Doc’s Downtown Grille
Easton Business Alliance
Easton Pizzaria
Hair of the Dog
Laser Letters
QATV
Talbot Mentors
Tidewater Inn
Ed & Beth Anne Langrell
Diane Flagler
Mary Wittemann & David Urbani
Westphal Jewelers

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2016 Heart & Music: Music from the 60’s & 70’s

Join us for year seven of “Heart & Music” presented by the Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, March 9, 10, 11, & 12 at the Oxford Community Center.

Director Ed Langrell and music director Amy Morgan are bringing back the 60’s theme and turning the corner into the music of the early 70’s for a show filled with grooviness, smooth tones, cool dance moves, and rockin memories from two eras of great songs and lyrics.

Join the cast and crew for a show packed with fun, talent, and entertainment when “Heart and Music” opens with the Gala Celebration, Thursday March 9, co-starring a delicious dinner catered by Occasion Catering, culminating in the musical tribute to the 60’s and early 70’s. Gail Aveson, Randy Bachand, Jane Copple, Katie Cox, Matt Folker, Marcia Gilliam, Bill Gross Malley Hester, Beth Anne Langrell, Ed Langrell, Lisa Roth, Zack Schlag, Heather Scott, John Swann, Joe Tyler, Becca Van Aken, and Ricky Vitanovec.

Kick back to songs by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Ashford & Simpson, John Fogerty and more. The band will be rockin with piano by Amy Morgan, trumpet by Ed Justice, saxophone by Dawn Dieter Steward, percussion by Shelby Clendaniel, rounded out by the smooth sounds of bass guitar by Matt Bair and trombone by Tony Settineri. Stage manager is Sally Woodall, lights by Amber Vitanovec, sound by Michael LeCates at Mid South Audio, and  choreographers Katie Cox and Annie Pokrywka.

Tickets for the Gala are $125.  Show only performances, $20 for adults and $10 students, are Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at 8pm and at 2pm on Sunday, March 12. Call 443-258-2130

 

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What is ‘behavioral health’?

On the For All Seasons, Inc. logo, front and center, we identify ourselves as a behavioral health and rape crisis center. But if asked about the services we provide, our clients might say that we provide mental health care and rape crisis services. ‘Mental health’ is a term that most of us are familiar with, and can comfortably use in a conversation. Every week we see statistics about our mental health care in the US, and we hear reporters talk about mental health in America whenever tragedy strikes. But more and more organizations talk about ‘behavioral health’ instead.

So what is behavioral health, anyway?

Carolinas HealthCare Systems provides us with a great definition: “Behavioral health is a term that covers the full range of mental and emotional well-being – from the basics of how we cope with day-to-day challenges of life, to the treatment of mental illnesses, such as depression or personality disorder, as well as substance use disorder and other addictive behaviors.”

So when you see ‘behavioral health’ under the For All Seasons, Inc. logo, then you know we are going beyond mental health in our care for you.

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