No Matter What…You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention

Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. Many different factors may contribute to someone making a suicide attempt, depression being one of the lead reasons. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
This fall, to help create awareness about this community mental health issue, For All Seasons kicks off its 3rd Annual NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign the week of October 4 through 12, 2019. The Campaign kicks off on Friday, October 4, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Bartlett Pear Inn at 28 South Harrison Street in Easton. The free event will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres and live music. The event is part of the First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops in Easton and provides the opportunity to learn more about what For All Seasons is doing to help those in crisis. Local artist Josepha Price will create chalk art on Harrison Street as part of the international “Let’s chalk about mental health movement (#letschalkaboutmentalhealth),” which aims to raise awareness for suicide prevention and reduce stigma by encouraging the public to write messages of hope in chalk to let others know they are not alone.

In 2018, the campaign raised $20,000 from 21 participating Easton businesses which helped to support same-day mental health crisis appointments offered by the agency. This year, 24 Easton businesses are participating in the weeklong event, donating a portion of sales on specific dates during the campaign week, along with 26 business sponsors. Participating businesses include Shabby Chic Salon (30% of hair products everyday), Frugalicious (10% everyday), La De Da (10% on 10/5), Justamere Trading Post (10% on 10/7), Hot off the Coals (10% on 10/7), Dragonfly Boutique (10% on 10/8), Crackerjacks (10% on 10/8), Ebbtide Wellness (50% on 10/8), Levity (10% on 10/8), BBQ Joint (10% on 10/8), Krave Courtyard (10% on 10/9), Shearer the Jeweler (10% on 10/9), Hills Café and Juice Bar (10% on 10/9), Mama Italia (10% on 10/9), Lizzy Dee (10% on 10/9), Curlique (10% on 10/9), Prim Salon(10% on 10/10), Dairy Queen (10% on 10/10), Doc’s Downtown Grille (15% on 10/10 from 5 to 8 with For All Seasons Guest Bartenders), Marc │ Randall (10% on 10/10), Vintage Books and Fine Art (10% on 10/11), Trade Whims (10 % on 10/12), Piazza Italian Market (10% on 10/12), and Foremost Massage and Spa (10% on 10/5, 10/7, 10/10, and 10/12). This year there are 26 business sponsors of the Suicide Prevention Campaign, including A Time to Heal Physical Therapy, Allison Szczukowski, Ashley Insurance, Avalon Foundation, Avery Hall Insurance Group, Baird Wealth Management, Bartlett Pear, Bay Imprint, Berrier Limited, Chesapeake Culinary Center, Chuck Mangold Jr. Associate Broker, Computers of Easton , Diane Flagler, Discover Easton, Easton Eye Care, Fitness Rx, Hill’s Drug Store, In Memory of Julius H. George, Jr., Kevertin Pet Resort, Lorri Wilson Clarke, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Old Mill Deli, Rise Up Coffee, Talbot County Free Library, The BBQ Joint, The Trippe Gallery, The Star Democrat, and WCEI and WINX Radio.
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.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made. 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:
1) Ask directly – “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” – Let them know you care.
2) Stay and Listen – Let them share their thoughts and feelings.
3) Get help – Connect them with a friend, family member or a therapist at For All Seasons.
Beth Anne Langrell, Director of For All Seasons, comments, “For All Seasons hopes through this campaign to engage the community in ways that it can help with suicide prevention. This year, our campaign coincides with a new community offering by our staff – our Mental Health First Aid training. This community training prepares individuals to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis.”Starting October 1, For All Seasons staff will provide an eight-hour training course which provides the tools for members of the community to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and connect them with the appropriate care. The training is available to churches, businesses, coaches, and civic organizations.
Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. A 5-step action plan guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. In just 10 years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States – more than one million people are certified Mental Health First Aides.
Throughout the year, For All Seasons brings awareness to the community about such issues as suicide, sexual assault, trauma, human trafficking, and mental health needs. To find out how to get involved with the NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign contact Denae Spiering at 410-822-1018, email dspiering@forallseasonsinc.org. To request Mental Health First Aid training through the For All Seasons Center for Learning, contact Katie Pittsinger at 410-822-1018, email kpittsinger@forallseasonsinc.org. For further information about participating businesses in the Shop and Dine event, visit forallseasonsinc.org/youmatter.For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

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For All Seasons Draws 350 People to First Neighborhood Block Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – AUGUST 29, 2019)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons Draws 350 People to First Neighborhood Block Party

For All Seasons in Easton, MD, hosted its first Neighborhood Block Party with over 350 people in attendance enjoying picnic food, information, games, and free school supplies. (Photos courtesy of Joe James of J. J. Photography)

For All Seasons staff member Lynda Koppelman, Building Receptionist, helps with the face painting station.

Neighborhood friend and volunteer, Bates Nittle gets dunked by the block party guests.

Wooden Ships Band entertains guests at the Block Party.

For All Seasons staff member Mayra Torres, Bilingual Victim Advocate, shares school supplies at the Block Party.

Block Party guests have fun at the photo booth.

Neighbors enjoy an afternoon of fun.

For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

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ACE Trainings Enlighten Mid Shore to the Role Trauma Plays in our Health

ACE Trainings Enlighten Mid Shore to the Role Trauma Plays in our Health

Along with Maryland’s ACE Interface Cohort, For All Seasons and CASA of the Mid-Shore are partnering to train residents on the Mid Shore about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in hopes of helping communities to understand how trauma in young children may affect their physical, emotional, and mental health later in life. The trainings also bring awareness to how to build resiliency in children to help mitigate the trauma that they may have experienced.

According to Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA), Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; physical or emotional neglect; household dysfunction like domestic violence, growing up with family members who have substance use disorders or who are incarcerated, or even experiencing a separation or divorce. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse.

Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons and a Master Presenter for ACEs, comments, “We want people to know that ACEs isn’t about looking at what is ‘wrong’ with you, but rather about ‘what happened’ to you.”

Beth Anne, along with Alisha Saulsbury, For All Seasons Clinician; Latrice Gay, Salisbury University; and Jonathan Williams, of Shore Community Music Center, were trained as master presenters in 2018 by Maryland’s ACE Interface Cohort. They joined Robin Davenport, Executive Director of CASA of the Mid-Shore and Teresa Simmons of Salisbury University, the only two people from the Eastern Shore to be trained in 2017 as Master Trainers by Dr. Robert Anda, one of the scientists who developed the ACE Study.  The other Mid-Shore ACEs presenter is Jonathan Williams from Talbot County.

According to Robin, “Information about the ACE Study and its ramifications for predicting a community’s public health issues is both ground-breaking and hopeful. As Dr. Anda says, ‘What is predictable is preventable.’ Therein lies the hope for mitigating the impact of ACEs.”

To date, free trainings have been done for a variety of schools, nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and churches, including the staff at CASA of the Mid-Shore and Channel Marker, the professional staff and counselors at the Kent County Public Schools, and the staff at Caroline County Parks and Recreation, among others.

Beth Anne explains, “These trainings are shifting the community lens for children and adults alike, helping frame how trauma is seen in the community. By providing folks with the knowledge of how trauma affects the brain, we will be able to create a community where children can thrive.”

Robin adds, “That is such an important point! We can alleviate, or lessen, the impact of ACEs by boosting resiliency in people of all ages, but particularly in our children. Resilient people are more likely to overcome ACEs and live healthy lives. Our job is to present information about what we can do help people build caring, protective communities.”

Robin states, “It will be interesting to see over the next 20 years what happens with the information we are learning about ACEs. The ACE Study provides evidence-based research that validates many people’s gut feelings about the potential impact of adverse experiences, and it connects to CASA’s work. We know that relationships matter with children. With our Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers, we are helping them to understand their role in the resiliency of their appointed children.”

Beth Anne adds, “And we certainly echo that at For All Seasons. We are working in the community to build resilience. Helping those we serve and interact with to integrate resilience factors – asking for help, developing trusting relationships, forming positive attitudes, and listening to feelings. These are really important pieces of the training.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, conducted from 1995 to 1997, is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being. In Maryland, Maryland’s State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, the Maryland Essentials for Childhood program, and The Family Tree Maryland work on ACEs projects. The Family Tree funded the ACE Interface training program, which held its first master trainers’ workshop in November 2017.

For further information about how your organization can have a free presentation on ACEs, contact Beth Anne Langrell at For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 or Robin Davenport at CASA of the Mid-Shore at 410-822-2866.

Caption: Pictured left to right are Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, and Robin Davenport, Executive Director of CASA of the Mid-Shore, who are partnering with Maryland’s ACE Interface Cohort to train residents on the Mid Shore about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

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Healthy Masculinity Project

Healthy Masculinity:
Changing the Conversation


When Don McPherson, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, came to Easton to speak in November 2018, people in the audience engaged in the topic of gender-based violence like never before.  The presentation, titled “You Throw Like a Girl: A Conversation to End Sexual Violence,” encouraged those in attendance to get comfortable with an uncomfortable conversation.  As a result, Don is now working with Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons to create a dialogue across the Mid Shore regarding the culture of unhealthy masculinity at the core of all forms of men’s violence against women.

Don observed, “When I was here in November, I saw the willingness for the community to have that conversation.  Beth Anne and I were on the same wavelength on how to make that happen.”

For more than 34 years, Don has used the power and appeal of sports to address complex social justice issues. He has created innovative programs, supported community service providers and has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America addressing men’s violence again women.

According to Don, the #MeToo movement presents a seminal moment in American culture that requires a collective community response commensurate with the overwhelming and pervasive nature of gender-based violence.  He wants to engage boys and men in the prevention of men’s violence against women by creating a cutting edge, community-wide and gender transformative approach that meets the broad challenges posed by the #MeToo movement.

He states, “Beth Anne’s leadership has created an ideal environment for a comprehensive community initiative to be successful.”  This was evident in the response to Don’s November visit.  He adds, “Remedies must be sustainable and replicable; engaging communities and individuals previously left out of the discussion to promote healthy relationships and proactively engage boys and men.” 

The partnership between Don and For All Seasons will deliver proactive education that permeates the entire community, emanating from four primary engagement areas; 1) local businesses 2) community partners 3) schools (K-12) and, 4) higher education.  Training and educational materials and curricula are currently under development which will introduce “aspirational masculinity,” healthy relationships and bystander leadership with several integrated touchpoints in the communities served by For All Seasons.  The impact is three-fold; to engage those previously missed by outreach programs, coordinate common messaging throughout the community and establish sustainable, inter-generational dialog about healthy masculinity, relationships, and community.

Future outreach and engagement include providing sexual harassment training to employees who are also parents, neighbors, and members of youth activity organizations and faith communities, as well as community partners such as mentoring groups, youth sports groups and the faith community. For All Seasons staff has already begun training with Don, to deliver bystander behavior and leadership programs in schools (K-12) in conjunction with its role to provide support for “trauma-informed” classrooms. Finally, For All Seasons has a federally mandated MOU to provide services and resources to Chesapeake and Washington College. This relationship positions For All Seasons to serve as an educational provider for Title IX compliance which has been the focus of Don McPherson’s work for more than 25 years.

Don explains that because of the work women have done in raising awareness recently around the #MeToo Movement, there has been more progress toward promoting healthy relationships. He adds, “There needs to be discussion about masculinity, separate from the issue of men’s violence against women. The goal is to advance our understanding of masculinity beyond the narrow, and often destructive ways it’s currently defined. The blind spot of masculinity is rooted in the nobility associated with ignoring our pain and vulnerabilities and the silence of men that limits the true and whole understanding of masculinity for boys.”

A challenge facing communities today, according to Don, is that we have no central place where people can come together and have these conversations about gender. He states, “We are starting to share it one-on-one with community leaders and identifying people who want to make a difference. We intend to create a sustainable model that seizes upon that opportunity and can be replicated elsewhere.”

Since November, more men are asking ‘What can I do in the #MeToo movement that doesn’t perpetuate the problem and how can I be part of the solution?’

Derek L. Simmons, Ed.D., Director, Student Services, Caroline County Public Schools, comments, “I had the pleasure of meeting with Don to learn more about the work he is doing in partnership with For All Seasons. As a man, who also is blessed to be the father of two daughters, I engaged in deep conversation around the male social construct and issues of toxic masculinity. That dialogue opened my eyes to the realization that the women in my life navigate the world much differently than I, and that I have been preparing my daughters to do the same. This does not empower them but supports the current construct.”

He adds, “Don’s work along with For All Seasons has the opportunity to create a shift in our community that can raise the standard for gender equity. If we can adjust the accepted notion of masculinity, our daughters will not live in a world that attaches their value to objectification.”

For further information about For All Seasons’ Healthy Masculinity Project, contact Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director at For All Seasons at 410-822-1018.

Caption: Pictured left to right are Gerson Martinez, Executive Director of Talbot Mentors, with Don McPherson, a consultant who is working with Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons to create a dialogue across the Mid Shore to address the culture of unhealthy masculinity at the core of all forms of men’s violence against women.

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For All Seasons’ Survivor Quilt Project

For All Seasons’ Survivor Quilt Project

Conversations about sexual assault should be a part of our everyday interactions with our colleagues, family, and community.  It is a message to be continued beyond April, recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  During For All Seasons’ Denim Day Event in April, staff presented the agency’s “Survivor’s Quilt” project. The quilts are to be included as part of the “Comfort Kits” given to survivors of rape and sexual assault.  The “Survivor’s Quilt” was signed by residents of the community and the Board of Director’s and staff of For All Seasons with messages of support. The vision was to include inspirational messages and pictures as a symbol of wrapping the survivor with support during the healing process.  Stella Lee Coulbourne, Director of Sexual Assault Programming at For All Seasons and Denae Spiering, For All Seasons’ Event Coordinator donated time for this cause by sewing the quilts together. Many thanks go to Erica Batson, Executive Assistant at For All Seasons, for ensuring we had all the supplies needed to have this project come to reality for For All Seasons’ clients.

Staff will continue this project throughout the year by having the “Survivor Quilt” available during For All Seasons’ outreach events for people to write inspirational messages or drawings.  If you are interested in having your agency make a “Survivor Quilt” in support of the survivor’s healing process, please email Stella Lee Coulbourne at scoulbourne@forallseasonsinc.org.

Pictured are completed Survivor’s Quilts completed by For All Season staff.

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Trauma-Informed Schools

Trauma-Informed Schools

The For All Seasons clinical team began serving Mid Shore schools in a new capacity this spring by offering specialized training for teachers and administrative staff on the topic of Trauma-Informed Schools. Trauma impacts the lives of many students from all backgrounds and all grade levels. Research shows that two-thirds of children reported at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. 

Students impacted by trauma may display symptoms, including an inability to focus, poor social skills, depression, anxiety, and withdrawal. Effective support for someone who has experienced trauma means approaching children from the lens of, “What happened to you?” rather than, “What is wrong with you?”  This perspective helps to foster understanding and trust between the child and the adult.

Pictured left to right are: Mace’s Lane Assistant Principal, Mrs. Stephanie Brohawn; Katie Pittsinger, LCSW-C, Director of Education and Trauma-Informed Services at For All Seasons, Mr. Jymil Thompson, Principal of Mace’s Lane Middle School; and Lesa Lee, LCSW-C, For All Seasons Clinical Director.

Another key component of being a trauma-informed is ensuring support for school staff by increasing an understanding of self-care, reflective supervision for teachers, and developing support teachers need throughout their school day.  According to Director of Education and Trauma-Informed Services, Katie Pittsinger, “We need to keep in mind that many children impacted by trauma require help learning how to build relationships and address lagging skills associated with problem-solving and affect regulation. These skills will help them to counteract toxic stress and build resilience.”

Administrators and teachers from Queen Anne’s, Dorchester, and Talbot have participated in Trauma-Informed School training. In the coming months, the For All Seasons clinical team looks forward to providing training to additional schools across the Mid Shore. For more information about Trauma-Informed Trainings contact Katie Pittsinger (410) 822-1018 or kpittsinger@forallseasonsinc.org

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Governor Hogan Signs HB 829 to Benefit Mental Health Billing

Governor Hogan Signs HB 829 to Benefit Mental Health Billing

On Tuesday, May 14, Governor Hogan signed House Bill 829, which will change the way that mental health services are provided in the state of Maryland. The bill prohibits private insurance carriers from rejecting an accredited community-based health care provider solely because the provider is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) or a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Public assistance has long been recognizing LGSWs and LMSWs as billable providers. Now, under HB 829, private carriers must follow suit.

For All Seasons Executive Director, Beth Anne Langrell, Delegate Jeff Ghrist (Caroline County), and the Mid Shore Behavioral Health Consortium worked on the bill for over two years. Langrell testified before the Senate, the House of Delegates Committees, and the Eastern Shore Delegation to help others understand the insurance billing challenges and how they affect individuals and families who need services.

According to Langrell, “People in need of care should not have to worry about whether they carry public or private insurance when scheduling a visit. HB 829 eliminates a long-standing discrepancy and simplifies getting more individuals the mental health services they need.”

Delegate Jeff Ghrist comments, “For so long private insurance holders have not received equal treatment in the ways their mental health services are billed. This bill helps to streamline access for people who need care, rather than complicate the process.”

The bill will go into effect on October 1, 2019.

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 or to donate, call 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.

Captions: (Back row, from left)  Caroline County Delegate Jeff Ghrist, For All Seasons Executive Director, Beth Anne Langrell, and Legislative Assistant, Lois Dustin look on as Governor Hogan signs HB829.

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For All Seasons Has Large Turnout for First Community Denim Day

For All Seasons Has Large Turnout for First Community Denim Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – APRIL 30, 2019)

CONTACT: BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018

For All Seasons hosted its first community Denim Day event at the Talbot County Court House in Easton, MD. Denim Day was created 20 years ago after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Participants wore denim with a purpose on this day to show their support in ending sexual violence and to protest the misconceptions and victim-blaming around sexual violence.

Proclamations were read by Senator Addie Eckardt and Mayor Bob Willey for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They are pictured with For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center and Hotline staff.  Pictured back row left to right are Katharine Petzold, Alberto Ardaya, Melissa Cardoso, Royshonda Boulden, and Lauren Kirby. Pictured front row left to right are Dawn Wilson, Fabiola Marquez, Michely Valentin, Yeslee Olivo-Martinez, Senator Addie Eckardt, Beth Anne Langrell, Ivy Garcia, Stella Lee Coulbourne, and Mayor Bob Willey. (Photo courtesy of Amy Blades Steward)

Senator Addie Eckardt and Mayor Bob Willey presented proclamations and Don McPherson, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, activist and feminist spoke about the importance of ending sexual violence.  “Today we have the opportunity to start a conversation that is essential to the community.  Denim Day isn’t just about a day, it’s about bringing awareness to an issue and using that awareness to make the commitment to continue the conversation and to join For All Seasons and its partners in ending sexual violence.”  For All Seasons’ 2019 sexual assault campaign focuses on the message “#metoo. We believe you.” The campaign is targeted at helping both men and women talk about this issue and to not be afraid to tell their stories about sexual assault. 

Pictured left to right are Stella Lee Coulbourne, Beth Anne Langrell, Don McPherson, Ivy Garcia, Michely Valentin, Alberto Ardaya, and Yeslee Olivo-Martinez. (Photo courtesy of Randy Bachand Photography)

Participants enjoyed a special teal-colored ice for Sexual Assault Awareness Month provided by Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard in Easton as they signed denim quilts to be given to victims of sexual assault.

Pictured are participants signing denim quilts which will be given to sexual assault survivors. (Photo courtesy of Randy Bachand Photography)

For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-61#

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Thomas’s Fine Jewelry Donates to For All Seasons Kits

Thomas’s Fine Jewelry Donates to For All Seasons Kits  

Thomas’s Fine Jewelry in Cambridge is donating sterling silver Hope Hearts necklaces to be included in For All Seasons “Comfort Kits” for victims of rape, sexual assault, abuse, or a traumatic experience as part of the agency’s Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign in April. “Comfort Kits” enable For All Seasons Victim Advocates to bring comfort on every call to the hospital to support these survivors. Each “Comfort Kit” includes a nice travel bag, basic clothing, footwear, and undergarments, personal hygiene items, a journal, and other items to return dignity, provide comfort, and let them know someone cares.

Thomas’s Fine Jewelry is owned by brother and sister, Thomas and Amanda Robinson. The shop opened in 2016 and features custom-made and handcrafted jewelry with unique designs. Amanda helps design the jewelry that Thomas creates. The two relocated to Cambridge after spending summers in Dorchester County with their family.

Thomas comments about the project, “We are donating 25 necklaces to For All Seasons for the ‘Comfort Kits.’ We were excited that we could find a necklace like this with an uplifting message of hope on it.”

Amanda adds, “This is our first community project. It is something we can stand behind and support and we are thrilled to be involved.”

 Pictured left to right are Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons; Thomas and Amanda Robinson, owners of Thomas’s Fine Jewelry in Cambridge; Stella Lee Coulbourne, Director of Sexual Assault Programming of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Programs; and Ivy Garcia, Director of Victim Services of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Programs. Thomas’s Fine Jewelry in Cambridge is donating sterling silver Hope Hearts necklaces to be included in For All Seasons “Comfort Kits” for victims of rape, sexual assault, abuse, or a traumatic experience as part of the agency’s Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign in April.
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Victim Advocates Hired for Rape Crisis Center

Victim Advocates Hired for Rape Crisis Center

Melissa Cardoso of Ridgely has been hired as a Bilingual Victim Advocate. Cardoso previously worked as a community outreach worker at the State of Maryland Department of Health in Caroline County. Prior positions have included working as an information specialist at Suburban Hospital and as a lead health unit coordinator at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.

Royshonda Boulden of Easton has been hired as a Victim Advocate. Boulden has worked at the Chesapeake Center as a house counselor and as a safety companion at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. Prior to that, she worked as a family support worker for Dorchester County Health Department. She holds an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences from Chesapeake College.

According to Stella Lee Coulbourne, Director of Sexual Assault Programming at For All Seasons, “We are thrilled to have these new staff members on board to help us address the increased volume of cases we are serving in the Rape Crisis Center. They bring important community service experience and will enable us to continue to grow our services on the Mid Shore.”

For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. The For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

For further information about the For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center, call 410-822-1018.

Pictured back row, left to right are For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center staff Ivy Garcia, Director of Victim Services of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Programs; Alberto Ardaya, Interpreter; Stella Lee Coulbourne, Director of Sexual Assault Programming of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Programs, and Katharine Petzold, For All Seasons Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator. Pictured front row, left to right are For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center staff Melissa Cardoso, Bilingual Victim Advocate; Mayra Torres, Bilingual Victim Advocate; and Royshonda Boulden, Victim Advocate.

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