February 2017

In This Issue
Update: Welcome CARF; New Therapy Groups Offered
Highlight: Arundel Lodge Executive Director Speaks Out
Did You Know...? 5 Factors that Affect Mental Health in African American Communities
Arundel Lodge FAQs
Community Happenings
Staff Corner: Egochi Achinonu; Staff Appreciation
How Can I Help?: Does Your Employer Offer Matching Grants?


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Open Eye Gallery

Committee Meeting

All are welcome. 

Email Lindsey Aumick 

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or call (443) 433-5914.



Family Support Group

Thurs.,  March 9th

6:30 - 8:00 pm

At Arundel Lodge


For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel



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Free Quitline to Stop Smoking

With spring on the horizon, we are looking forward to new ventures, such as three new groups sessions and a women's empowerment conference,  Real Women - Real Issues: An Intimate Look at Women's Mental Wellness. Check out the NEW volunteer opportunities too!
Welcome CARF! 

The Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is  an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services used to meet persons served needs for the best possible outcomes Providers that meet their standards have demonstrated a commitment to being among the best available.

In 2014, Arundel Lodge received CARF's highest accreditation. We welcome CARF surveyors, Deanna Cornette, John Mayes, Karen Lau, and Tammy Hammer, from  March 6 through March 8 for re-accreditation.


New Groups Sessions Offered at Arundel Lodge

Arundel Lodge is very excited about new group sessions starting this spring.

Expressive Arts Therapy Group
This 10-week adult group  provides participants the opportunity to explore self-expression, stress reductions, and self-acceptance.  To be eligible, participants must have Medical Assistance, complete an intake, and meet with a therapist at least once before group start date.

Groups will be held Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, March 2 to May 11, 2017,  at Arundel Lodge, 1419 Forest Drive, Annapolis.
If interested, contact Emily Broadwell

For girls ages 13 to 17. Focuses on developing self-esteem, learning conflict resolution, and building healthy relationships.  To be eligible, the girls must complete an intake and meet with a therapist at least once. We accept both private insurance and Medical Assistance. 

Groups will be held Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, starting March 7, 2017, in the Teen Group room at Arundel Lodge, 2600 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater. If interested, contact Lara Peter , 443-433-5918.   

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Group  
Aims to open a space for adult participants to respond to their bodies with care, make choices that ease and relieve tension, and build skills in body-based mindfulness. Current session is closed.  
If interested in future sessions,  contact  Emily Broadwell  410-280-2333.

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Arundel Lodge Executive Director Speaks Out

Mike Drummond, Arundel Lodge Executive Director
Maryland is in the midst of a behavioral health crisis - and I am on the front lines. At Arundel Lodge, we provide treatment to people struggling with addiction and mental health, and we've got our hands full. From 2010 to 2015, overdose deaths spiked an astonishing 216 percent. In fact, Maryland averages four opioid-related deaths every day, making this the state's fourth leading cause of death - behind only heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Maryland's suicide rate has also risen dramatically. Shockingly, suicide is one of the top three causes of death among Maryland residents age 10 to 34. While other leading causes of death largely strike people over the age of 70, opioid overdoses and mental health crises are killing younger Marylanders, creating a generation of orphans and tearing families apart. Read full Capital Gazette article here.

If you are interested in helping Arundel Lodge battle this crisis, you can volunteer for the Recovery Walk, by contacting, Volunteer Coordinator, Cindy Garmoe, or donate to the cause below.


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Did You Know...?

5 Factors That Affect Mental Health in African American Communities

Mental illness does not discriminate.  One in four Americans will experience a behavioral health disorder in any given year regardless of age, race, religion, gender or economic status. Anyone can develop a mental health disorder. However, there are factors that can increase the vulnerability to and severity of mental health disorders in the African American population and decrease their likelihood of seeking and receiving adequate treatment, including: 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!

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Community Happenings
Art Show at Quiet Waters

The opening reception for Transcendent Musings: A collection of art by Colin Lacey and Christian McCarroll, held in the Garden Gallery at Quiet Waters, was a wonderful success! Approximately 60 people attended and artists sold six pieces. "The artists' works were well received with lively discussions regarding themes, feelings, and the intricacies within the artwork," says Lindsey Aumick, Arundel Lodge's Open Eye Gallery Director. 

Alphonso and Lois enjoying the art show
Art patron perusing the art works 

Colin Lacey has lived much of his adult life in Maryland. He attended The  School  of the Museum of Fine  Arts , part of  Tufts School  of  Arts  and Sciences, in  Boston. Colin is a prolific artist who works in an expressionistic, abstract style. His paintings  are filled with colorful figures and animals that tell a story. Colin  has had many successful art shows in Annapolis and he is an inspiration to fellow artists. Colin says,"art is an expression that is engraved, self captivating and a new experience every time."

Christian McCarroll was born in Los Angeles, CA and attended art school at the California Institute of Fine Arts in Valencia, CA. His artworks are expressionistic and emotional, featuring faces, figures, and nature. His paintings often depict the tragic and honest aspects of existence; the incredible expression of the inner workings of a human being. Making art, he says, gives him a feeling of purpose. His other passions include learning about history and culture. He believes "life would be a mistake without art and music."

Visit the exhibit through April 2nd!
Quiet Waters, Garden Gallery
600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis

Real Women-Real Issues: An Intimate Look at Women's Mental Wellness

Arundel Lodge is partnering with  The Links, Incorporated who is  hosting a free Women's Empowerment Conference, Real Women - Real Issues: An Intimate Look at Women's Mental Wellness, March 25, 2017, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Anne Arundel Community College. 

The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is an international not-for-profit organization with 283 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women and its 14,000 members are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.


Hot Chocolate Bar

There are few things more enjoyable that a hot chocolate on a cold winter's day. Thanks to Jack Twohig's donation to the morale committee, the Arundel Lodge staff was treated to a beautiful table with a fabulous spread of hot chocolate and all the trimmings - whip cream, caramel, marshmallows - as well as sweet nibblers like pretzels with candy kisses.

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Staff Corner
Egochi Achinonu
Egochi Achinonu says she always knew she wanted to work in the mental health field but was unsure of the path she would take to get there. Egochi received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Trinity Washington University and Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She had intentions of entering a PhD program immediately for clinical psychology but had a change of heart.  "I really desired to have a one on one connection with my clients and saw counseling as a better career field for me," Egochi explained.  

Before coming to Arundel Lodge, Egochi interned at Maryland Correctional Institute in Jessup. Egochi enjoys working with a diverse group of people; varying in race, age, and personal challenges. She provides intakes in the morning and therapy sessions in the afternoon. Egochi says, "I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization that provides so much support for the community. Since working here I've gotten married and I'm expecting my first child so Arundel Lodge is a place where I have reached major milestones in my life."


Staff Appreciation: The Maintenance Team

The Maintenance team, Peter Palmquist, Ahmed Kpaka, Cecil Johnson, and Reyna del Carmen Perez Cordero, were recognized for their service and hard work. Donor, Jack Twohig, celebrated the team with a pizza party. Not only does this wonderful team keep our headquarters clean and running smoothly, they are also responsible for the upkeep of our 32 Residential Program houses, providing safe, comfortable, and welcoming spaces for 110 our residents.

Cecil, Ahmed, Reyna, and Peter

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How Can I Help?

Does Your Employer Offer Matching Grants?

A matching grant or gift is a charitable donation by a corporation that matches an employee's annual donation to an eligible nonprofit organization, sometimes dollar for dollar. Thousands of companies across the United States offer matching gift programs to their employees as part of their corporate philanthropy program.  Does yours?

To find out, contact your Human Resources department. You may need Arundel Lodge's Employer Identification Number (EIN): 51-0169423. 

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 Pillars - 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.
  • Resource Navigator - we need volunteers who can look into resources and help our clients access them. Some of the recent needs have included transportation, applying for FAFSA without a social security number, finding and enrolling adults in sports leagues.
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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