Kent County School-Based Mental Health Services Making a Difference

Kent County School-Based Mental Health Services Making a Difference

For All Seasons has had a presence in Kent County for 15 years. In addition to its office currently located at 516 Washington Avenue in Chestertown, For All Seasons has provided school-based mental health services in Kent County since 2009.  The United Way of Kent County has supported school-based mental health services in Kent County through For All Seasons since 2015, funding those children that are un- or underinsured and would not be able to receive these services without the support of the United Way.

Two school-based counselors see almost 100 children in Kent County throughout the school year. Many of the children receive follow-up therapy in the summer through the Horizon Summer School and Kent County Parks and Recreation Summer Program, providing a continuum of care throughout the year. Issues that these school-based counselors address in Kent County are ADHD, mood disorders, oppositional behavior, anxiety, anger management, trauma, bullying, cyber bullying, family issues related to divorce, drug abuse, and financial loss. Both counselors are trauma-certified. The counselors provide cognitive behavioral therapy, grief therapy, and trauma therapy. The numbers of students being supported by the program have been steadily increasing over the years. Individual, group and family counseling are provided through school-based services.

According to Beth Everett, Executive Director of United Way of Kent County, “From the anecdotal information that I hear, it seems that children who receive services are better behaved in class, get more out of the lessons their teachers are trying to provide, get along much better with their peers, and are generally happier children.” She adds, “I also hear that, because of these school interventions, the families involved can also receive services, which may get at the root of the problem, so it doesn’t reach the school.”

Some of the other benefits of school-based mental health services are:

  • There is a team approach that involves the school and the family, as well as the primary care provider.
  • Information is shared with the team as issues develop.
  • School-based counselors are available to school officials as issues develop.
  • There is more continuity and convenience to having services located at the school. Students don’t often miss their appointments.
  • These services improve students’ academic performance and interpersonal skills.
  • A variety of insurances are accepted, but not required to receive services.

Jane Feigleson, MSW, LCSW-C, School-Based Counselor and Therapist, has been with For All Seasons for nine years and serves in all the Kent County schools. She states, “This is a voluntary program, but referrals come to the school-based counselors from guidance counselors, school social workers, principals, family members, and churches. The school social workers have been very successful in connecting kids to For All Seasons when necessary for more intensive services. There is no waiting list for the services and no one is ever turned away.”  Jane is also certified in Advanced Trauma Treatment.

She adds, “We are a helper – we help students be more successful in school and in the community. It is so rewarding.”

Michelle Priddy, LGPC, School-Based Counselor and Therapist at For All Seasons, works in Rock Hall Elementary, Garnett Elementary in Chestertown, and Chestertown Middle School and treats adults and children, as well as provides family counseling and couples therapy in For All Seasons’ office in Chestertown. She adds, “Parents decide where their children will be seen – either in the school setting or in For All Seasons’ office off-site. Most trauma-based therapy is done in our office to provide additional privacy.”

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No Matter What. . . You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention in Chestertown

No Matter What. . . You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention in Chestertown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – APRIL 24, 2018)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons is going to be bringing the campaign, NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER, to Chestertown, partnering with its business community and with Washington College to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. Last fall, the Campaign debuted in Easton in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week and was part of Easton’s First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops, partnering with Easton Business Alliance.

The Suicide Prevention Campaign was inspired by the soundtrack of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.” According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “The musical has created increased awareness about how prevalent suicide is in our nation. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide and for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made.”

For All Seasons hopes through this campaign to create an ongoing dialogue with agencies and educators in Chestertown about this growing issue in our communities.  The campaign will include dialogue circles, educational outreach and community events.  She adds, “We want people to know that no matter what, they matter.”

For All Seasons regularly partners with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kent and Queen Anne’s to provide services and training on mental health issues. Lainie Surette, NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s Steering Committee Chair, comments, “NAMI Kent & Queen Anne’s is eager to work with For All Seasons and Washington College to address the prevalence of mental health challenges facing college students today. Providing education, support and needed services can reduce the stigma and encourage students to reach out for help. Suicide is not the answer. No one should feel alone.”

Sarah Feyerherm, EdD, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Washington College, adds, “Partnering with For All Seasons is just one more step we can take to support the mental health of our students and specifically to raise awareness about suicide. When we pool our resources we further a community of care on the Eastern Shore and bring about change in ways we could never do alone. As we continue to add programs and initiatives on our campus, we’re excited to work hand in hand with For All Seasons on such a critical issue that impacts everyone.”

Individuals seek therapy for many different reasons. For All Seasons provides individual and group counseling to those struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, etc. and those who may seek therapy to treat the problem and/or learn healthy ways to cope.  For All Seasons has six offices across the Eastern Shore, including an office in Chestertown. To make an appointment at any of For All Seasons offices, call 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org. For further information about the NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Campaign or becoming a partner in Chestertown, call Beth Anne Langrell at 410-822-1018.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, 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. 

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For All Seasons Announces Changes in Medical Staff

Pictured left to right are new members of For All Seasons Psychiatry Team: Allan A. Anderson, MD; William H. Cerrato, DO; Brenda C. Scribner, MD, Medical Director at For All Seasons; and Laurence J. Pezor, MD, CHE.

 Pictured left to right are new members of For All Seasons Psychiatry Team: Allan A. Anderson, MD; William H. Cerrato, DO; Brenda C. Scribner, MD, Medical Director at For All Seasons; and Laurence J. Pezor, MD, CHE.

For All Seasons Announces Changes in Medical Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD-APRIL 6, 2018)
CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons is proud to introduce their new medical team of adult, child and adolescent, and geriatric psychiatrists.  Leading the team is the Medical Director, Brenda C. Scribner, MD.  Dr. Scribner moved her psychiatric practice from Pennsylvania to the Eastern Shore in the late 1990s.  In addition to running the For All Seasons medical department in Easton, she is the only psychiatrist practicing in Caroline County, MD, in the For All Seasons Denton office and in another mental health facility in Federalsburg. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, and completed her psychiatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University Medical Center in Philadelphia.  Dr. Scribner had been offered the medical directorship at several regional outpatient mental health facilities, but she particularly chose to work for For All Seasons because of its outstanding trauma-certified mental health clinical team, its outreach to the Latino community through its bilingual services, its Rape Crisis Center and Victim Advocacy Program for those subjected to sexual assault and other violent crimes, and because of​ For All Seasons’ commitment to combat human trafficking.

For All Seasons has added three other psychiatrists to its medical team as well. Laurence J. Pezor, MD is one of their child and adolescent specialists.  He received his medical degree from Ohio State University, did a psychiatric residency at the Naval Hospital of San Diego, CA and completed his subspecialty fellowship in child psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, CA.  Dr. Pezor teaches psychopharmacology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.  He is an American College of Healthcare Executives diplomat and is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

William H. Cerrato, DO is another child and adolescent psychiatrist on the For All Seasons team.  He received his osteopathic doctorate from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV, did a psychiatric residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA, and completed a child and adolescent psychiatry subspecialty fellowship at the University of Maryland/Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  Dr. Cerrato is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Allan A. Anderson, MD is the adult psychiatrist whose subspecialty is geriatric psychiatry. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Master’s in Medical Management (MMM) from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Anderson is a board certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and is active in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP).

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.

 

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For All Seasons Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

 For All Seasons Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD-APRIL 6, 2018)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

CARF International announced that For All Seasons has been accredited for a period of three years as an outpatient behavioral health services agency, rape crisis center, and crisis hotline responders. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

For All Seasons is a not-for-profit organization which 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 more than 30 years, the agency has transformed communities on the Mid Shore by restoring the lives of children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples, and families.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, executive director of For All Seasons, “This accreditation confirms the dedication and professionalism of our staff and the quality services we provide to the communities we serve in the five counties on the Eastern Shore. All of our clinicians and Rape Crisis Center staff are trauma certified, something the agency believes is critical to providing a full continuum of bilingual (English-Spanish) outpatient behavioral health and rape crisis services.”

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273.

 

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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

NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Campaign

For All Seasons kicks off Mental Health Awareness Week and the launch of their new suicide prevention campaign, NO MATTER WHAT…YOU MATTER

Easton’s business community is support Mental Health Awareness Week by donating a portion of their sales on specific dates during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Thank you to the following Easton businesses
Bon Mojo
Chef and Shower
Colonial Jewelers
of Easton
Easton Bowl
Harrison’s Wines
and Liquors
Kiln Born Creations
Krave
La De Da
Levity Thu
Lizzie Dee
Marc | Randall
Nestled Baby & Child
Out of the Fire
Rise Up Coffee
Trade Whims
Vintage Books and Fine Arts F

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

For All Seasons has started a new suicide prevention campaign,

No Matter What . . .  You Matter.

Music touches everyone and words in songs can be particularly powerful. In the case of For All Seasons, hearing the soundtrack of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” touched the core of the organization’s mission of “Restoring lives and transforming communities.”

This past spring, Amy Haines and Richard Marks’ Dock Street Foundation invited 40 representatives from several Talbot County service agencies and educational institutions to board a bus bound for NYC to see Ben Platt and the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen.” Both Haines and Marks had seen the play and felt it would be helpful if shared with our local providers of care. They noted, “We were moved and inspired by the relevance and impact of the show particularly as it incorporated social media’s influence on our society and youth. We appreciate For All Season’s leadership and coordination with all agencies in our community assisting our citizens facing mental and emotional challenges.”

Beth Anne Langrell, executive director of For All Seasons, adds, “It was an amazing opportunity to see a show and spend the day with so many people who are working day in and day out to better the lives of the youth in our community. The musical, which centers around the suicide of a high school student, really hits home about what it’s like to be a millennial or any person struggling to find their way.  One song in particular, ‘You Will Be Found’ had a lasting impact of several of us attending.  The song shares the life of young man who is watching life happen around him, but never finds a space where he believes he fits in…he struggles to see that he matters and that even at his darkest moments, someone is there to ‘find him’.”

Langrell shares that returning from the show she knew that Richard and Amy’s gift could last much more than just one day.  She thought it offered an opportunity to reach students and those in the community in the same way that the show reached everyone on the trip that day.  It was then that For All Seasons decided to begin a new campaign and start a conversation about suicide prevention. The agency’s new campaign will be called No Matter What . . . You Matter.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide. Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. Many different factors may contribute to someone making a suicide attempt. For All Seasons hopes that by discussing the signs and symptoms associated with suicide that it can raise awareness about the issue in our community.  Because family and friends are often the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide, they can be critical to helping an individual find treatment with a provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions.

For All Seasons wants people to know that If they think a friend or family member is considering suicide, they should reach out and start a conversation. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. The following are three steps to help people begin the conversation:

  • Ask directly – “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” – Let them know you care.
  • Stay and Listen – Let them share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Get help – Connect them with a friend, family member or crisis hotline. (For immediate crisis support call the Eastern Shore Crisis Response Hotline at 1-888-407-8018.)

Langrell adds, “The launch of our campaign, No Matter What . . . You Matter will create an ongoing dialogue with agencies and educators who attended the musical, as well as others who are interested in joining the conversation about this growing issue in our community.  The campaign will include dialogue circles, educational outreach and community events.  We want people to know that no matter what, they matter.

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For All Seasons Receives Speer Grant

For All Seasons recently received a $30,000 grant from The Speer Trust, an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, to support residents on the Mid Shore, including Kent County. The grant will help families to have access to mental health services regardless of their ability to pay and victims of rape and sexual assault to continue to receive a rapid support and advocacy response and have opportunities for ongoing mental health treatment.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “Even with the Affordable Care Act, the reality is that co-payments have skyrocketed in the past several years and families cannot afford these co-payments for mental health care. We believe that families shouldn’t have to choose between food on the table and mental health care – families and communities are healthier and safer when everyone who needs mental health care gets it.”

One focus of the grant will be to reach out to the community, including the Chestertown Presbyterian Church, to ensure that everyone knows about mental health needs and sexual assault prevention and awareness activities. In addition, For All Seasons will also offer general education sessions on topics such as grief, attachment, trauma, and coping.

The Speer Trust is an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, funding $6 million of programs in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of MD over the past 32 years and $8 million worldwide. The Speer Trust is a bequest from the estate of George I. And Lizzie F. Speer of Wilmington, Delaware, received by the Presbytery of New Castle in 1985 and earmarked for mission with people who are poor and oppressed. The Presbytery, through the use of the Speer Trust, is committed to empowering people who are marginalized, in every culture, and addressing root cause of poverty.

According to Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, “New Castle Presbytery is excited to partner with For All Seasons in supporting and expanding your mental health advocacy throughout the Eastern Shore. We look forward to our local congregations joining with you to build safe and healthy communities where health services are accessible to all.”

Langrell adds, “We are thrilled with the opportunity this grant provides in helping those who have entrusted us with their care to be empowered and nurtured on their journey to wellness.”

Caption: Pictured left to right are Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, Pastor Sara Holben, Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, Inc. For All Seasons recently received a $30,000 grant from The Speer Trust, an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, to support residents on the Mid Shore, including Kent County.

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For All Seasons Rape Crisis Grows Outreach in the Community

The Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons provides crisis support to our Mid-Shore’s English and Spanish speaking women, men and children who have been impacted by trauma, rape, and sexual assault. The team of five full time staff members and eight after hours’ staff provide support and guidance through crisis intervention, counseling and education 24 hours a day, fihiaseven days a week.  According to Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center, “Our numbers have grown dramatically since I started at the Center 10 years ago and our agency has continued to work to meet the needs of the community.”

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, (RAINN), every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.  Garcia comments that For All Seasons offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week crisis response services for victims of rape and sexual assault in five counties on the Mid Shore, offering both English and Spanish emergency hotlines for the community. She adds, “While we are meeting the needs of the Mid Shore community, we also know that there are still barriers to reporting rape and sexual assault.  We are working to break down the stigma. We have expanded our outreach – working with community agencies to share information about the services we provide so more people will utilize our Center.”

The team at For All Seasons is comprised of trauma-certified advocates who help survivors make the choice that is best for them. This includes ensuring that each survivor is aware of their options for care; believing the survivor’s account of the assault; providing support and listening without judgement; and serving as a support. Specifically, the Rape Crisis Center provides support as survivors receive medical care, legal support, and crisis counseling, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to Ivy Garcia, members of the Rape Crisis Center team include Lauren Kirby, Victim Advocate and Outreach Educator; Elizabeth Jaramillo, Regional Navigator for Human Trafficking; Alberto Ardaya, Victim Advocate and Spanish Speaking Interpreter; and Maria D’Arcy, Victim Advocate and Case Manager.

Victims of trauma, sexual assault and abuse are connected to the Rape Crisis Center through the agency’s Rape Crisis hotline, referrals in the community, or by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner teams at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Easton, Cambridge or Chestertown.

When working with victims at the hospital, Advocates provide a comfort kit which includes items such as a change of clothes, personal hygiene items, a notebook for journaling and emergency food, and provide a safety check for the victim returning home. For All Seasons provides hotel stays when necessary to ensure a victim’s safety. For All Seasons then provides follow-up with the victim to offer advocacy services, which can include crisis and long-term counseling, legal support, and connection to law enforcement.

Garcia adds, “We are a victim’s advocate throughout the entire process.  No one has to go through this alone.”

The English Hotline is 410-820-5600 or 1-800-310-7273. Para Español llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al 410-829-6143. For further information, visit forallseasonsinc.org.

Caption: Pictured is Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center and a Spanish Speaking Interpreter at For All Seasons.

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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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