JULY 2015 NEWSLETTER
Expansion of Services with New Facility
NET reached a long-awaited milestone on May 29th with the grand opening of its new facility at 7520 State Road. Joined in support by board members, community stakeholders and local businesses, Regan Kelly and Board Chairman Bill Smith dedicated the building to Terence McSherry, NET's President for over 30 years.  Guests enjoyed tours and additional remarks by Roland Lamb, Office of Addiction Services, Dept. of Behavioral Health, Office of Intellectual disAbility Services and David Jones, Deputy Commissioner, who noted the significance of the center's services in helping to address the needs of an addiction population growing at an epidemic rate in Philadelphia.

The McSherry Center will expand medication-assisted recovery services as well as offer dedicated spaces for other community-based programs, including child and family therapy and counseling. The renovated 26,000 sq. feet (of the 52,000 sq. ft. facility) also offers medical offices for client on-site exams and a large resource room open to community groups and organizations for trainings and meetings.

Board Chairman Bill Smith and CEO Regan Kelly dedicate the McSherry Center; Bright waiting rooms welcome visitors; Peer Specialists Max Forman and Tom Qualters offer tours for guests

Many thanks to our IT and Facilities staff who worked above and beyond with architects, engineers, vendors and contractors over the past year to ensure deadlines were met and the new site would offer a safe, effective and positive experience for clients, staff and community members.

A special thanks to John Carroll for his role in helping to bring this second NET Steps facility to fruition.  Recently retired, John led NET's Medication-Assisted Recovery Services for over 10 years. He is highly-regarded in his field and has been an advocate for opiate treatment and support for over 30 years, always at the forefront of educating the public about the benefits of this form of treatment. Thank you, John, and best wishes in your retirement!

GLEN'S VILLAGE:
Film Captures Resiliency of Former NET Client

 

Rich Neal, Glen Casey, Jeanne Lehrer and Film producers Paul Jablow and Dorian Geiger
From Adversity to the Ivy League. This describes Glen Casey's childhood journey on the streets of West Philadelphia to young adulthood in University City.
A former NET client, Glen was born and raised in a world of drugs and violence. But with the help of counselors, mentors, teachers - and most of all, his mother who never quit on him - he is soon to be a junior at UPenn.
    
Community members, clients, friends and staff gathered at NET's 5th and Spring Garden office on May 28th to watch a free screening of Glen's story called "Glen's Village", a documentary produced by journalists Paul Jablow and Dorian Geiger and released by the Philadelphia Public School's The Notebook and 5th Borough Films. The 3-part film series is part of a larger reporting project by the publication focusing on the effects of trauma on children in Philadelphia.
  
WATCH EPISODE 1 BELOW:



The showing was followed by a panel discussion with Glen, NET staff Rich Neal and Jeanne Lehrer and the films producers. As Glen answered questions from a multi-generational audience about overcoming barriers to achieve his goals, his passion for education and mentoring youth was evident.  His goal is to be an influential figure in helping to shape the future of the city's public school system.

Shop at Rite Aid and Support NET!
KidsCents is back!
As you know, the Rite Aid Foundation partnered with NET last year making us an official KidCents charity. By participating in KidCents, Rite Aid wellness+ with Plenti members can round up every purchase to the nearest dollar and donate their extra change to support NET. Last year, Rite Aid donated $10,000 to support our youth and families and this year could be even better!

 

 

Here's what you can do to help. It's easy!     

  • Visit www.kidcents.com and follow the steps to become a Rite Aid Wellness+ member (it's free) and enroll in the KidCents program.
  • After you join Wellness+ (or if you are already a Wellness+ member), login to www.kidcents.com and click "Select a Charity" on the website menu.
  • Select NorthEast Treatment Centers in the list of official KidCents charities.
    The next time you shop at Rite Aid, your change will be "rounded up" and used to support NET.  This means that YOU have the ability to help us reach our goals by simply shopping at Rite Aid.  

We are excited about our continued partnership with Rite Aid!  Remember,

they will continue to match every $500 we raise, so spread the word to friends

and family to shop at Rite Aid.  Small change adds up to make a BIG difference!

 

Consumer Highlight: Raymond Richardson
Awaiting Heart Transplant Gives New Life Perspective

Raymond Richardson is taking one day at a time. While in addiction recovery with NET's Adult Services, he learns to appreciate each day he is drug-free.  And perhaps more importantly, while awaiting a heart transplant, he cherishes each day that gets him closer to receiving a new, stronger heart.

After Raymond was told by doctors at Hahnamann Hospital that he would need a heart transplant and only had a few months to live, everything changed. He was given an LVAD (Left Ventrical Assist Device) to wear to support his heart function and blood flow that would keep him alive. Doctors advised immediate treatment for his addiction to become healthy and prepare his body for an eventual new heart. His team at Hahnamann referred him to NET.

While Raymond waits for the call that he's receiving a new heart, he continues treatment and improves his health. He says NET gives him the "willingness, inspiration and open mindedness" to persevere and take care of himself. His support system of others in recovery and staff member Vern Moore have taught him to value life and himself.  

"I've recognized that there is life beyond drugs and alcohol and you can be happy without them," he says. "My first goal is to hopefully get a new heart, then live drug-free and surround myself with people who also want to live drug-free."
CUA Corner
Events Celebrate Dads, Foster Parents
and Resource Families
 
   
Resource Families enjoy a May event in the community gardens at CUA 1 in honor of National Foster Parent Appreciation Month
 
FOSTER FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Ask staff at the CUA's and they'll say that foster parents and resource families are the backbone of the work that they do. To say thank you and celebrate the contributions of families is their district (22nd), staff from CUA 7 hosted a Foster Family Fun Night at Dave & Buster's on Columbus Boulevard on June 25th.

Over 100 people (adults, children and youth) came out for a full buffet and youth and their caregivers received free game cards to play arcade games.

Foster families had the opportunity to learn about Parent Cafes and CUA 7 events, and even helped recruit more interested foster parents by having conversations with CUA staff about reaching out to their friends & family. 

Bringing together the biological children of our foster families with the foster youth and their entire resource family support network made for one incredible evening!

 
 
DINNER WITH DADS
CUA 7 hosted "Dinner with Dads" on June 16th in honor of Father's Day. Staff members, including  Carl Williams and Marques Ford, shared with men who attended that  NET Community Care believes that "It Takes A Community" to make a difference in the lives of children, while explaining IOC and sharing opportunities to learn more at Parent Cafes.

 


Special thanks to keynote speaker Anwar Adams, owner of Your Tax Store, Inc., and special guest Quincy Harris of Fox 29. Both men spoke about the importance of men in the family structure and creating a positive legacy for their families. They challenged guests of all ages and backgrounds to think about becoming future business owners and entrepreneurs, investing in their communities and volunteering.
 
CUA 7 Youth Mentor Joshua Jordan shared his story about how foster care changed his life in a positive way. Feedback from attendees, including biological parents and resource parents, stated what an impact the event had on them.  Several men volunteered to become mentors. 

Thanks to staff from NET Community Care for coordinating all of these amazing events for families!

COMMUNITY BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO CLIENTS!
 

Recovery Recognition Banquet
Gene Derrick receives the Terence McSherry Lifetime Achievement Award
July 8th marked the 8th Annual Recovery Recognition Banquet at the Hilton on City Avenue. 350 guests, including NET staff, Persons in Recovery and community partners, came together for an evening to celebrate the transformation of recovery.  The event continues to grow each year and is one of the highlights of the year for all involved with NET's Adult Services. 
    
Guest speakers included Roland Lamb, Director of the Office of Addiction Services and Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Commissioner of Philadelphia's Dept, of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).
 

Congratulations to the Staff Award Recipients: 

William White Award

Recipients: ALLAN LEHRMAN, KIRK CARVALHO, and NICOLE SHARKAZY

 

ROSC Coach of the Year Award

Recipient: LAUREN CARONE

 

Terence McSherry Lifetime Achievement Award

Recipient: GENE DERRICK

 

Charles Johnson Award

Recipients: GEORGE JENKINS, ANGELO COLON

 


Congratulations to all award winners!
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