November/December 2016

In This Issue
Update: Reflections: Celebrating the Artistic Identity of a Healing Community
Highlight: Native American Heritage Month
Did You Know...? Art Hives
Arundel Lodge FAQs
Community Happenings: Thanksgiving Dinner; Arundel Lodge Buttons
Staff Corner: Employee of the Quarter; Staff Appreciation Luncheon
How Can I Help?: Volunteer, Friend and Supporter, May Frances Ramsey, Featured in What's Up? Magazine; Generous Donation by Robin Cottmeyer; Volunteer Opportunities


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Open Eye Gallery

Committee Meeting

All are welcome. 

Email Lindsey Aumick 

for dates  and questions 

or call (443) 433-5914.



Family Support Group

Thurs.,  January 12th

6:30 - 8:00 pm

At Arundel Lodge.


For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel



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"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny."   -Mahatma Ghandi

I am so grateful for all of the positive members of the Arundel Lodge Community including the people we serve, our staff, volunteers, donors, community partners and advocates, and our Board of Directors. Each day, all of these people work to overcome small and large personal challenges and adapt to the rapidly shifting landscape of healthcare. 

There is so much love and support for our clients and each other, Arundel Lodge is blessed and our destiny will be great.  Thank you! 

Warm wishes for a happy holiday season,

Mike Drummond
Reflections: Celebrating the Artistic  Identity of a Healing Community

Guests, Paul & Sue Mikulski, Jody Lacey,
and Artist in Residence, Katrina Evans

On November 3rd, guests enjoyed a VIP Create Night with food, wine, and an exclusive sneak peak at artwork exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery's annual art show, Reflections: Celebrating the Artistic Identity of a Healing Community. Modeled after the popular Paint-n-Sip parties, guests sipped wine while Katerina Evans, Artist in Residence, provided an in-studio demonstration of the art project guests then created.

Brian Kyhos and Jody Lacey
Dinah Little, Nick Lacey, and Paul Mikulski enjoy wine and conversation
Using paint, magazine cut-outs, beads, glitter, seashells, and even chocolate, participants created their own mantra boards, visual representations of an inspiring quotes!

Arundel Lodge ED, Mike Drummond, gathers materials

Rosalie Zaia is off to a bright start!

Open Eye Gallery Director, Lindsey Aumick, helps guests with their
Mantra Boards  

Art is good for you! Guest find the artistic process relaxing and meditative

Laura Murphy's Mantra Board reminds her to be thankful

Paul and Sue Mikulski proudly display their Mantra Board about healthy eating

Lookout for an invitation to our next Arundel Lodge Create Night!

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Native American Heritage Month

November was Native American Heritage Month - a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures of Native Americans , their traditions and histories and to acknowledge their important contributions. The State of Maryland Office of Tourism says that by 1,000 B.C., Maryland had more than 8,000 Native Americans in about 40 different tribes. They grew corn, peas, squash, and tobacco. They also hunted, fished, and traded with tribes as far away as New York and Ohio.

Native American Heritage Month was also a time to raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the presen t, including in the area of mental health. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institute of Health, for example, "there is good reason to suspect that the history of oppression, discrimination, and removal from traditional lands experienced by Native people has contributed to their current lack of educational and economic opportunities and their significant representation among populations with high need for mental health care."  

The American Psychiatric Association lists some statistics which support this:
  • Compared to the total U.S. population, more than twice as many Native Americans live in poverty. Due to high levels of poverty, many Native Americans face economic barriers that prevent them from receiving treatment.
  • Access to mental health services is severely limited by the rural, isolated location of many Native American communities.
  • Native Americans experience serious psychological distress 1.5 times more than the general population.
  • Native Americans experience PTSD more than twice as often as the general population.
  • Although overall suicide rates are similar to those of whites, there are significant differences among certain age groups. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Native Americans aged 10-34 years old.
  • Native Americans use and abuse alcohol and other drugs at a younger age, and at higher rates, than all other ethnic groups.

However, efforts are being made to address these needs with a greater reliance on cultural traditions, such as the Whipper Man, used in a community-based children's home and child welfare program among a tribe of Plateau Indians. The program has been effective because it is compatible with this Indian culture, which accepts extended family and community responsibility for child care and has increased self-esteem, decreased juvenile delinquency, and decreased the need for off-reservation referrals. Another example is a Navajo effort delivered through home visits by Navajo staff which promotes cultural identification, strengthens family ties, and enhances child and caregiver self-images.
Most preventive efforts have been centered around alcohol and drug use, but more programs are being designed with a specific mental health focus, typically suicide prevention. These preventive interventions take into account important culture-specific risk factors, such as lack of cultural and spiritual development, loss of ethnic identity, cultural confusion, and acculturation, in order to help increase success rates.

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Did You Know...?

Art Hives Can Improve Individual and Community Mental Health

But what exactly is an Art Hive?
An Art Hive is a community art studio whose central purpose is to build community by promoting self-discovery, increasing empathy, and strengthening interpersonal relationships, across divides, through the production of artwork. The important part is that intention is set on... 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 difference between mental illness, developmental disability, and intellectual disability? And whom does Arundel Lodge treat?

A:   Intellectual Disabilities and Physical Disabilities, both fall under the umbrella term of Developmental Disabilities. These are chronic conditions that appear at birth or in childhood, but certainly before age 22, and sometimes, but not always, occur together. Cerebral Palsy, for example is a physical disability, which in and of itself does not effect intellectual functioning, though 20-30% of individuals with Cerebral Palsy also have a cognitive disability. Down Syndrome is the most common cause of intellectual disability, though levels of impairment vary widely. 

In order for someone to be diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability, the person must have a well below average IQ (70 points or lower)  and have severe limitations on daily functioning skills, which include Conceptual skills, such as language and literacy; Social skills, such as social responsibility and problem solving; and Practical skills, such as personal care, use of money, and occupational skills.

Mental illness, also known as mental health disorder or behavioral health disorder, is not the same as Intellectual Disability. Mental health disorders affect mood, thought processes or behavior and can manifest in anyone at any time in their life. Mental Illness  does not directly impact cognitive abilities, but can change a person's perceptions and thought processes and affect a person's everyday functioning and ability to relate to others. When mental illness and intellectual disability occur together, the descriptive term used is "dual diagnosis."

Arundel Lodge's mission is improving the lives of children, adults, and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders. Some of the individuals we serve also happen to have intellectual and/or physical disabilities.

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Community Happenings

Thanksgiving Dinner

Senior Program Staff of Arundel Lodge's Residential Rehabilitation Program hosted an annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the community members we serve and their families. For many who don't have families with whom they can share the holidays, Arundel Lodge staff and fellow residents of "the Lodge" have become their family. Staff members donated and prepared the meal, serving approximately 100 guests.  


Arundel Lodge Buttons

If you would like a free "Ask Me About Arundel Lodge" button, send an email to Kristin Lolmaugh  at the Development Office.

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Staff Corner
Employee of the Quarter:  Carol Fields

Carol Fields was selected as Arundel Lodge's Employee of the Quarter. Congratulations, Carol!  Our staff members said it best:

  •  She is a morale booster."
  • "She brings joy and positivity to the workplace."
  • "She goes above and beyond what is expected."
  • "She is always helpful and tries to make things happen."
  • "She goes the extra mile to make staff feel appreciated."
  • "She is an amazing coworker and overall person J   Arundel Lodge is lucky to have her!"

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

On Friday, December 2nd, the Arundel Lodge staff joined to celebrate some outstanding staff achievements. 

Employee of the Year for 2016Marilia Sanches  (Program Manager Fresh Start)

Standard of Excellence Award: Rachel Keller (Program Manager Supported Living Program)

  • Grandma's Dumpling (Most Comforting): Maureen Steele, Clinic Director
  • Head Cheerleader (Most Spirit); Carol Fields, Administrative Assistant
  • Extra Mile (Giving 110%): Lara Peter,  M.A., DCC, NCC, LCPC, 
    Mental Health Therapist & Internship Coordinator
  • Abacus (For Being There to Count On); Nyviah Silva, Day Program Staff
  • Mentor (Serve as a guide to new employees, interns, and volunteers); Aimee Wiggs, Day Program Manager
  • First Responder (For Always Being Ready to Go, Especially in an Emergency!): Jessica Stallings, Behavioral Health Home Director and Michelle Kovach, RN

Rosa, Peter, and Reyna pose in the photo booth.

Mary, Cindy, and Linda receiving their Years of Service Awards

Lara received the Extra Mile (Giving 110%)

A very special thanks to Arundel Lodge friends, Brad and Joanne Zieger, who provide lunch for the annual event and to the Morale Committee and other staff members who made us all feel truly appreciated - Leon Fossett, Joanna Bove-Howard, Danielle Emert, Nick Etchison, 
Edra Oliver, Carol Fields, Andi Brown, Cindy Garmoe, Kim Donnelly, and Rachel Keller. 

Thank you to Peter Palmquist, Facilities Director and his staff for set-up and breakdown.

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How Can I Help?

Volunteer, Friend, and Supporter, May Frances Ramsey, Featured in What's Up? Magazine

Long-time Arundel Lodge volunteer, friend and supporter, May Frances Ramsey, was honored in the November issue of What's Up? Annapolis magazine under their Towne Salute section.
As one of Arundel Lodge's employees so beautifully put it, " For those of you who don't know, May Frances has been volunteering here, mostly in the art room, for a long time. She hardly ever misses a week. She makes a positive impact in our clients' lives and is one of the sweetest and most gentle souls I have ever been around."

Generous Donation by Robin Cottmeyer 

Robin Cottmeyer with staff members Ahmed, Leon, and Cecil
Arundel Lodge was the lucky recipient of a very generous in-kind donation by Robin Cottmeyer. Thank you Robin for an entire set living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, along with linens, art work, various housewares and much, much more.

This wonderful donation will make such a difference in the lives of community members in Arundel Lodge's Residential Program.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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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