Golf Tournament Raises Money for Howard Center
Last week, the Vert Mont Chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) presented Howard Center with a check for $8,000 from their golf tournament to support Howard Center's Outdoor Challenge Programs. This year marked the 20th-anniversary for the annual fundraiser which benefits Howard Center. To date, the event has raised a total of $143,092.
Photo: IEHAVert Mont Chapter President Matt Dugener, Howard Center staff Maggie Reilly and Catherine Simonson, and IEHA Secretary Jay Walenc.
Mentoring Program Honored with the Sally Fox Award
Kudos to Catherine Shahan and the Community Friends Mentoring Program. The Program is the recent recipient of the Sally Fox Award for outstanding contributions to child well-being in Vermont. The award honors the memory of Senator Sally Fox, a powerful and effective advocate for children.
Photo, left-right: Catherine Simonson, Director of Howard Center Child, Youth, and Family Services; Catherine Shahan, Director of Community Friends Mentoring; and Susan Elliot from Congressman Peter Welch's office.
Howard Center Adopts Enhanced Tobacco-Free Policy
Beginning July 1, Howard Center will implement an enhanced tobacco-free pollcy in keeping with the organization's mission to support client health and wellness and in compliance with new State mandates. Read more . . .
In addition, the organization is reintroducing a Smoking Cessation Guide that was developed by former Howard Center Clinician Anthony Quintiliani, with assitance from others working in the field of mental health and substance use. The guide provides a step-by-step, weekly curriculum for anyone who is leading a smoking-cessation group and includes suggestions for individual and group activities, as well as topics of discussion. The free manual is available to download.
Medical Director Sandra Steingard Chairs Workshop at American Psychiatric Association
Last month, Medical Director Sandra Steingard chaired a workshop at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Toronto. In her recent blog on Mad in America, she discusses the workshop topic "Rethinking the Long-Term Use of Antipsychotics in Schizophrenia: For Everyone, No one, or Some?" Read more . . .
Thank You YMCA, One of Our Community Partners
We are honored to be the recipient of an award from one of our community partners, the Greater Burlington YMCA. The award recognizes Howard Center for its dedication to its mission and for valuing each and every member of the community.
Accepting the award on behalf of Howard Center, Liz Mitchell, Assistant Director Early Childhood Programs, said, “Our partnership with the YMCA childcare program allows us to support children in a therapeutic environment, where Howard Center Early Childhood clinicians and interventionists partner with YMCA teachers to support these children to experience success, stability and a sense of belonging.”
Zoe's Race: Online Registration Now Open
Register now for Zoe's Race, a 1K Fun Run and a 5K Walk/Run. The Race raises money for home accessibility modification projects for Howard Center clients. Now in its seventh year, the Race has raised more than $120,000 and completed 15 construction projects.
Annual Outcomes Report Available
Our Outcomes Report for 2014 highlights our work throughout the last year and helps us to gauge the effectiveness of what we do.
Are people with disabilites and mental health challenges able to live with dignity in settings that they choose? Do our services encourage youth to make healthy decisions which will help them succeed in school and prepare them for adulthood? These are just some of the questions that help guide our work.
View or download our 2014 Outcomes Report.
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