January 2017

In This Issue
Update: Arundel Lodge Awarded Grant to Help Transition Age Youth; Creating Our Own Art Hive
Highlight: Marcus Endowment Fund for Arundel Lodge
Did You Know...? January is Mental Wellness Month
Arundel Lodge FAQs
Community Happenings
Staff Corner: Sarah DiNapoli; Staff Appreciation
How Can I Help?


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Committee Meeting
All are welcome. 
Email:  Lindsey Aumick  
for dates  and questions 
or call (443) 433-5914.

Family Support Group
Thurs.,  Feb. 9
6:30 - 8:00 pm
At Arundel Lodge.

Family-to-Family Education Program
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Feb. 20 -  May 8
Belcher Pavilion, 7th Floor, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD

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Free Quitline to Stop Smoking

Thank you to everyone who responded to Arundel Lodge's Annual Appeal. With your help, we raised more than $16,600 which will make a big difference in the lives of the people we serve! One of the exciting, new programs the funds will help support is Go GRRRLs, an empowerment and resilience training program for teen girls in the Marcus Youth and Family Center! We will also be able to expand First Step Recovery Center by renting more space to meet the growing need in our community for substance use treatment.

Arundel Lodge is grateful for the exciting new opportunities we will have in 2017 and we are blessed with our many partners in the community who make these opportunities possible.
Arundel Lodge Awarded Grant to Help Transition Age Youth

The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency has awarded funding to Arundel Lodge for an Evidence-Based Practice Supported Employment for Transition Age Youth Program. This program will be ongoing and funds will be received annually.

Transition Age Youth face a host of daunting challenges as they navigate the transition into adulthood - complex trauma that can lead to behavioral health disorders; an entanglement of services that are difficult to access, if and when they are available; homelessness; and a lack of life-skills necessary to manage on their own. 

An Arundel Lodge team has been assigned to engage youth, 16 - 25 years of age, in
developing individualized, youth-centered service plans that focus on educational and/or employment goals. Team members will employ strategies that address stages of change, motivational interviewing, problem solving techniques, and negotiation skills, to help each person achieve his/her goals .

Program manager, J.R. Wilson, is looking forward to starting, "I'm excited to work on this grant and I have a fantastic team in Victoria Bing as the Care Coordinator and LaTonya Jackson as the Employment Specialist. Our hope is to give every young person in our program the skills, tools, and resources that they need to achieve their academic and vocational goals and transition into successful adults." 
Creating Our Own Art Hive 

Across the country and internationally, Art Hives are popping up in an effort to promote personal and community healing through artistic communities. Arundel Lodge has always been invested in improving the lives of our community, so the Open Eye Gallery at Arundel Lodge would love to create our own Art Hive here and call it the Open Eye Studio! If you missed last month's article about Art Hives, click here to read it

Let us know what works best for you! Our Open Eye Gallery Committee would love to hear from you about participating in the Open Eye Studio, where we will provide extended studio hours for opportunities to create more art, show and sell artwork, network, and grow a robust artist community. Please take a few moments to fill out the  survey. Results will help us create the best experience for you!   

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Marcus Endowment Fund for Arundel Lodge

We are very excited to announce that Arundel Lodge is now the beneficiary of the Marcus Endowment Fund for Arundel Lodge! "Beverly and Stephen Marcus of Edgewater, MD, have committed $250,000 to a permanent fund through the  Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC). These compassionate and caring members or our community are ensuring Arundel Lodge's long-term sustainability and success for those we serve. And we are all grateful!" acknowledges Mike Drummond, Executive Director of Arundel Lodge.

"The need for mental health and sub stance use disorder services is great, says Mrs. Marcus, "It is so very
Beverly and Stephen Marcus
important to sustain those organizations, like Arundel Lodge, which strive to provide these services with excellence, compassion, and respect at the center of their values. Arundel Lodge is a jewel that the community is lucky to have in its midst. We saw the establishment of an endowment fund as essential. We hope others will join us in helping to grow this fund for the benefit of so many in need."

The CFAAC promotes philanthropy through collaboration by helping to identify critical needs in Anne Arundel County and partnering with donors to help them meet their philanthropic and financial goals. The CFAAC provides donors with personalized service, local expertise, and is a prominent figure in community leadership. Funds placed with CFAAC are invested for maximum return with minimum financial risk. 

Endowment Funds have two goals:
  1. To generate income for the benefitting organization from interest earned on the principal
  2. To grow the principal through donations to the endowment fund made by other donors and through returns on investments of the funds  
The higher the principal grows in the Marcus Endowment Fund for Arundel Lodge, the more income Arundel Lodge receives  for program growth, to help us keep up with the needs of the community. Arundel Lodge will also benefit from increased visibility through CFAAC's promotional and fundraising efforts throughout the community.

An important financial benefit to donors is a Maryland State tax credit program called, Endow Maryland. Your gift to establish an endowed fund or donation of at least $500 added to an existing endowed fund, like the Marcus Endowment Fund for Arundel Lodge, which resides at a qualified community foundation, like CFAAC, may qualify for a 25% tax credit. This program rewards Marylanders who give back to their local communities in a meaningful and lasting way.

"Beverly and Stephen Marcus care deeply about Arundel Lodge and its mission," says Melissa Curtain, Executive Director of the CFAAC, "so it was our pleasure to assist the Marcus' in establishing this endowment fund to help ensure that children, adults, and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders have access to and receive the supports they need for many years to come." 

There are 3 easy ways to contribute to the Marcus Endowment Fund for Arundel Lodge and help ensure long-term sustainability and growth for mental health and substance use programs, 

2) call Amy at 410-280-1102

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Did You Know...?

January Is Mental Wellness Month ... 
People Can Recover from Mental Illness

Most people with behavioral health disorders (aka mental illness an d/or substance use disorder) can get better. Symptoms can significantly improve or even disappear altogether. This does not necessarily mean that an individual will be "cu red." Mental illness is a chronic disease. Recovering is the process of finding the right balance in life - it is the journey towards wellness and stability. This may include medication,  therapy, and/or lifestyle changes.
In 1993 William Anthony, Director of the Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation defined recovery as ... Read more

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Arundel Lodge FAQs
Arundel Lodge receives many recurring questions from community members wanting to know more about what we do, those we serve, and the programs and services we offer. We are pleased to provide the community with answers in this section, "Arundel Lodge FAQs."  

If you have questions, email them to I Have a Question and we will do our best to address them. You might even see your question answered in our newsletter!

Q: What is the meaning of the Arundel Lodge logo?

A:   The goal of the Arundel Lodge logo is to deliver the message
t h at we support  individuals in their journey through recovery and to evoke feelings of  goodwill. 

Aside from the obvious connection to "lodge," it is wholly appropriate to  h ave a tree represent Arundel Lodge, as trees are viewed as solid and long-standing.  We have been rooted in the Anne Arundel community since 1975. Also significant, is that in many cultures, trees represen t life and respect and are often planted in honor of an accomplishment or an important rite of passage. The symbol is relatable to the diverse community we serve. The open hands, which represent the trunk, communicate a solid base of strength and support that lifts up individuals. Each leaf-shaped bird takes flight in its own direction, representing growth, individuality, independence, and beauty.

The colors also have significance. Purple is the color of recovery, royalty (something special and unique) and creativity. It represents strength and courage. The individuals we serve embody both strength and courage as they embark on their journey, struggling with setback and boldly facing the stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders.  Green is the color of life. It communicates balance and health, learning, growth, and mental wellness.

Our tagline, Hope Re-imagined, speaks to the philosophy of the evidence-based recovery model to which Arundel Lodge subscribes; the belief that people impacted by behavioral health disorders can embark on a journey of recovery and function as productive members of our society, that they are not defined by their condition, and that at Arundel Lodge, individuals are treated with compassion and respect!

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Community Happenings


NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program


2016 Talent Show

Clients showcased their amazing range of talents at the Annual Talent Show on December 20th, including singing, dancing, and performances on the piano and guitar. The Art Program provided a wonderful pine forest backdrop. For the finale, members of the audience joined the performers "on stage" for a spirited display of dancing. Thanks Aimee Wiggs and Krystal Christ for emceeing and cranking out the tunes!

Another Successful Reindeer Roundup

Persons se rved in the Residential and Day Programs benefited greatly from another successful Arundel Lodge Reindeer Roundup in December. Students from the
South River High School's National Honor Society collected, wrapped, and distributed gifts
of socks, shirts, hats, and more! Generous Arundel Lodge staff and donors also provided warm coats and sweaters, cuddly teddy bears, books and gift cards for clients to enjoy.

Santa's helpers, Fred Delp and Cindy Garmoe, wrap presents

Anna is very excited to go shopping!
Lois displays her Magic Jungle coloring book and new pajamas
Joanie snuggles her teddy bear
Carol Fields, Nyviah Silva, and Mark Rollamas 

Carl getting ready to open his present
Santa's helper, Fred Delp, helps deliver the gifts

Deneice anticipates opening her present


Winter Wonderland Arts and Crafts

In December, the Open Eye Gallery and Studio held the Winter Wonderland of Arts and Crafts Nights. About 30 staff, family, visitors, persons served, and volunteers purchased jewelry, handmade books, flashies and more! Guests enjoyed hot chocolate and showed off their holiday spirit at the photo booth. Proceeds help our wonderful artists!

Flashies on display

Art items for sale

Barbara Cantor displaying a flashie

Melinda Cannon in the photo booth

Peter Palmquist

Mary May Mantooth

Lindsey Aumick and  Aimee Wiggs 

Zara Denkova 

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Staff Corner
Sarah DiNapoli

Sarah DiNapoli has been an Intern Therapist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at Arundel Lodge for almost a year. She hopes to come back and work at Arundel Lodge once she obtains her licensure. Sarah is a graduate student of the online Master's program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Medaille College, located in Buffalo, New and will be graduating this coming August.

Sarah says, "throughout my internship I have had so many wonderful experiences and clients. Arundel Lodge has proved to me that counseling is really what I want to do with my life. Everyone has been so nice and supportive. Out of all my classmates I am the only one who can fully write a treatment plan on their own! I wouldn't trade my time here for the world." 

Sarah lives in Annapolis and in her free time is a nanny to two children in Baltimore ages 4 and 6. She enjoys working out, hanging out with her cat (Oliver), reading, and dancing. Sarah's Bachelor of Arts degree is actually in Dance Performance from Towson University and she spends the occasional weekend working as a dancer/party pumper at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.


Staff Appreciation

We are not the only ones who think the staff of our various programs are special. In December our Deaf Program was recognized for their hard work and dedication to the deaf in our community by receiving a pizza party donated by Jack Twohig.

Deaf Program Staff

Arundel Lodge provides services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who seek community behavioral health treatment. We employ sign language interpreters to facilitate communication with hearing staff members and other community providers. Staff members who are themselves deaf and/or are knowledgeable about the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). Through these services, Arundel Lodge makes programs, including Supported Employment, Day Program, Residential Services, and Outpatient Mental Health Clinic accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to support their recovery.

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How Can I Help?

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at Arundel Lodge? There is a spot just for you! Our current volunteer opportunities include:
  • Serve on a Committee or on our Board - help guide Arundel Lodge as we fulfill our mission and implement our strategic plan.
  • Arundel Lodge Angels - join a group of people that care about mental health and care about the Lodge as they identify needs and perform service projects and advocate to the community at large on our behalf.
  • Tutoring Volunteer - help persons served who would like to take the GED test prepare and improve math, science and writing skills.
  • Event Volunteer - in the fall and winter, we do special projects with our clients. We collect and provide holiday gifts, run a toiletries drive/spa day, and collect hats, gloves and scarves for winter. Or volunteer to help out at our next Annual Fundraiser in September!
  • Painting Project Volunteer - there are also painting projects that we would love to have done, including some at our headquarters at 2600 Solomons Island Road and others in our many residential homes. If you're an artist and would like to paint a mural, we want to know.
Have another idea you want to share? Contact Cindy Garmoe, volunteer coordinator at 443-433-5906. Our volunteers are an integral part of what happens here, and we would love to include YOU!

Be a part of the Arundel Lodge volunteer team! Contact:

Cindy Garmoe or call 
(443) 433-5906  

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Don't delay! Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Support your favorite charity, Arundel Lodge, while treating someone special. It's a win-win for everyone!


Generous Donations by Staff and Community Members

Arundel Lodge was the recipient of a very generous gift by Stephany Clothier. She donate a cherry dining room table and chair set made by Pennsylvania House.  It is a 42" round table with three 10" leaves so that fully extended it forms a 72" oblong table.  

Arundel Lodge staff member Laura Dreany-Pyles donated a refrigerator for use in our residential program. Donations like this not only improve the lives of our residents, but it lets them know that they are in the thoughts of our staff and community members. 

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