March 2017

In This Issue
Update: CARF Survey a Success
Did You Know...? About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Arundel Lodge FAQs
Community Happenings
Staff Corner: Cindy Chagnon
How Can I Help?


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Committee Meeting

All are welcome. 

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or call (443) 433-5914.



Family Support Group

Thurs.,  April 13th

6:00 - 7:30 pm

At Arundel Lodge.


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CARF Survey a Success

Arundel Lodge, Inc. has once again received the highest level  CARF accreditation. In their feedback, surveyors stated, 

" Arundel Lodge is highly regarded in the community ... The employees are one the organization's greatest assets. They are qualified, enthusiastic, motivated, and dedicated to the persons served. The Employment program participants compliment the staff for being caring and concerned and responsive to their needs. All participants interviewed felt valued, respected and supported by staff ... Arundel Lodge has a highly involved Board that provides guidance and leadership to the organization ... Clients give high praises for the organization. They comment how wonderful the staff are and feel comfortable and safe here. They stated the staff members were caring and would see them when needed." 

We thank all of you who work so hard to make Arundel Lodge such an effective and treasured asset in our community.

Arundel Lodge Executive Director, Mike Drummond, CARF surveyors, Deanna Cornette, Tammy Hammer, John Mayes, and Karen Lau

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Did You Know...?

About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. 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: How do I access services? 

A:   Initial visits to Arundel Lodge are done without appointment, through Same Day Access, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. 

New clients should walk in to one of Arundel Lodge's two locations, 2600 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, or 1419 Forest Drive, Annapolis. Please bring a picture ID and insurance card. If you are uninsured, please bring proof of household income along with a picture ID for help in applying for Medical Assistance or sliding scale if you are not eligible for Medical Assistance. 

At your walk-in visit, you will receive an intake and diagnostic assessment by a licensed mental health professional, as well as an appointment to meet with one of our therapists for a treatment plan within 10 days. If you would like to see a psychiatrist for medication, an appointment can be scheduled with a psychiatrist upon completion of your treatment plan.    

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Community Happenings
Partners in Giving Back

In October 2016, ladies from Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) participated in Arundel Lodge's Women's class, as part of a grantee service project. During the class, AAWGT members spoke of the activities of the giving circle. The ladies in Arundel Lodge's Women's class were so very impressed at the 200 member group's interest and passion for helping the community and expressed that they too would like to experience a volunteer opportunity. AAWGT delivered! 

On February 22, AAWGT and the Arundel Lodge Women's Group gathered together at Arundel Lodge and made more than 100 sandwiches for the Light House Shelter! Client, Lorraine A. who has used Light House Shelter services especially enjoyed the experience, commenting,  "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give back."

The Team from Anne Arundel Women Giving Together,Lu Godfrey, Janet West, Gloria Pressman, and Bronwyn Belling

Chanel L. and Tanya St. John
Lorraine A. and Janet West

Art Show at Ratner Mu seum

About 60 people attended the reception for the Outer Limits   show, in partnership with Studio Insights, on  March 5th, at the Ratner Museum.  Fourteen pieces of art from thirteen Open Eye Gallery at Arundel Lodge artists were on display. The artwork was well received and several people asked to learn more about Arundel Lodge and its art program. Hopefully, we will be seeing some of them at our future events!
Arundel Lodge Artist, Colin L.


Women's Unity Event at
Studio 5

Mary Gardella, Baltimore photographer and daughter of Arundel Lodge Board Member, Rosalie Zaia, hosted The Women's Unity Event at her Baltimore studio on March 12th, in celebration of International Women's Day. Guests gathered to share sips and savories; local artists offered their artwork and crafts for sale; and four artists from the Open Eye Gallery at Arundel Lodge displayed their work.

Arundel Lodge Board President, Rosalie Zaia, Ashley Gardella, event guests, and event host, Mary Gardella

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Staff Corner
Cindy Chagnon
After working for many years in retail, Cindy says she was ready for a change, " Coming to Arundel Lodge has been a great experience, especially because the L odge's mission is one that hits close to home." 
Cindy handles accounts payable in the Finance Department. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys gardening. She helps out at church with the children's program and participates in the Community Crises Center  for Prince Georges County, where she coordinates the hypothermia shelter during her church's rotation. Cindy also enjoys camping - doing it the real way with a tent, in the wild.  She has six children and seven grandchildren with number eight on the way.

Staff Appreciation - Bay Ridge Team Receives Recognition

This month's recipients of the Recognition Pizza Party, provided by a generous donor, is the Bay Ridge team. Bay Ridge is Arundel Lodge's most intensive residential program, with 16 staff members providing round-the-clock care, 7 days a week. Staff members provide medication management, drive clients to medical appointments, and help with daily living skills such as grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene. They also go the extra mile taking residents to the movies, the park, out to eat, and host cook-outs for residents to enjoy.

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On February 25th, generous members of the Tri-City Blacks in Government gave one our Residential Program homes a fresh paint job and struck a pose for our camera. Thanks, B.I.G.!


Toiletries and Spa Day
Arundel Lodge will be hosting its annual Toiletries and Spa Day on April 25, 2017. Purchasing toiletries can be a financial burden on a limited income. Arundel Lodge will hand out FREE bags of toiletries to clients to help them maintain good hygiene. If you would like to donate toothpaste, tooth brushes, bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, body lotion, shaving cream, and Q-tips, or toiletry bags, please contact Cindy Garmoe.

As Clairee Belcher said in the movie, Steel Magnolias, "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize." In this spirit, NAMI members will partner with Arundel Lodge by providing  "Bling and Ball Caps."  If you have gently used costume jewelry and/or ball caps that you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please contact Donna Delp and arrangements will be made to collect your donation(s). 

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you passionate about mental health and substance use issues? Volunteer!
  • Serve on a Committee or on our Board - help guide Arundel Lodge as we fulfill our mission and implement our strategic plan.
  • Arundel Lodge Pillars - join a group of people that are passionate about mental health and substance use issues and want to help raise Arundel Lodge in the community by spreading awareness, increasing engagement, and strengthening sustainability. Contact Tanya St. John.

  • Computer Lab Volunteer - help the individuals we serve learn basic computer skills, such as setting up an email account, how to use Microsoft Word, or resume building. Volunteers are needed for afternoon hours, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Monday - Thursday. 
  • 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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