September 2016

In This Issue
Hope Re-imagined Kokua Luau
Update! "Check out the New Computer Lab!" & "Thanks to Donations, Arundel Lodge Homes Get Much Needed TLC"
Did You Know...? About the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study
Arundel Lodge FAQ's
Community Happenings
Staff Corner
How Can I Help?


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Art and  
Special Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Art Program needs volunteers to help
re-organize and beautify the 
art studio
To sign up call:
Lindsey Aumick

Man the Arundel Lodge information table at Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention
Sat., Sep 24
10am - 2pm
Navy Marine Corps Stadium
550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis
Free Arundel Lodge T-shirt for volunteers
Call Cindy Garmoe!

Email Cindy Garmoe , Volunteer Coordinator or
call 443-433-5906
 to sign up or to learn more about upcoming
volunteer opportunities.

Monthly Meetings and Groups

Open Eye Gallery

Committee Meeting

All are welcome. 

Email Lindsey Aumick 

for dates  and questions 

or call (443) 433-5961.


NAMI Family Support Group

Thurs.,  September 8th

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

At Arundel Lodge.

For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel.



 Lodge Links 

Mental Health Links

NAMI Anne Arundel County 


On Our Own of Maryland 




Free Quitline to Stop Smoking



C ome celebrate the  2016 Kōkua  Luau  Fundraiser t o be held September 23, 2016, at Historic  London Town & Gardens.  Support more than 3,000 children, adults and their families. Get your tickets today! Mahalo!

Purchase your tickets here 
or  call Tanya St. John at  443-433-5928 to sponsor or donate to the cause.

Victor & Lynne Brick to Speak at Arundel Lodge Luau!

As described on the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation website, Victor and John Brick were always close. As the younger brother, Victor has
Victor & Lynne Brick of Brick Bodies
many early memories of his big brother John sticking up for him and teaching him as he grew up. When John was diagnosed with schizophrenia, it became Victor's turn  to support and take care of him, because that's what brothers do.

The family came together to help John through his daily struggles, but throughout all of John's illness, at some of the best hospitals and institutions in the world, never once was exercise, diet or a healthy lifestyle included in his treatment plan. As physical health enthusiasts themselves, Victor and his wife Lynne believe that changes to John's physical health could have greatly improved his mental health.

Since John passed, Victor, Lynne and their friends and family have come together to start the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation in John's memory, with the goal of discovering how exercise, diet, relationships and health care fit together to benefit mental health of people all across the world and enable happier healthy lives.


Check out the New Computer Lab!

Thank you to Tim and Cindy O'Neil, Fran and Luke Kushner, Mike Drummond and Linda Coveleskie, Bev and Stephen Marcus, Liz Montaner, Nick and Jody Lacey, Tanya St. John, Sharon and Dave Wuest, and Rosalie Zaia for making the Computer Lab possible. Computer classes have begun! Persons Served will be learning new computer skills, communicating with family and friends through email, working on resume building and job search. 


Thanks to Donations, Arundel Lodge Homes Get Much Needed TLC

Since home is where the heart is, some of the funds raised in the latter part of 2015 have gone toward much needed improvements in the Residential Program Homes where up to 110 community members live. Ahmed and Cecil have been hard at work putting down new flooring and replacing deck boards to keep residents safe and feeling well cared for.

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Did You Know...?

About the Adverse Childhood Experience Study?

From 1995 to 1997 more than 17,000 people, predominantly of middle-class backgrounds participated in one of the largest, most important public health investigations of our time. The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente conducted the  Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study   which looked at the long-term effects of childhood abuse and household dysfunction. The study followed participants for well over a decade and established a strong graded relationship between the level of traumatic stress in childhood and poor physical and mental health in later life. The demographic make-up of this group highlighted the fact that childhood trauma was not uncommon in middle-class America, as some might have imagined.
Participants were asked  ten questions which assessed their experience with the following 7 categories of childhood trauma... 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 new 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 are services accessed at Arundel Lodge?

A: An individual's first visit to Arundel Lodge is made through SAME DAY ACCESS. That means a person can walk-in to one of our two locations, Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and receive an intake and assessment. Once eligibility for services is established, they will receive an appointment to meet with one of our therapists within approximately 10 days. This is particularly important because the industry average is between 30-60 days for a first-time appointment. Arundel Lodge accepts Medical Assistance and some private insurance as well as sliding scale.

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Community Happenings

Out of Darkness

Join Arundel Lodge and other community members in the Out of Darkness Walk for suicide prevention on Saturday, September 24 at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis. Registrations begins at 10am.


5th Annual Recovery Walk

Join Arundel Lodge and other community organizations helping to combat substance use disorders at the 5th Annapolis Annual Recovery Walk on Sunday, September 25. Registration starts at 12 noon at 92 West St, Annapoplis 21403.

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Staff Corner

Lindsey Aumick                 

Congratulations to Employee of the Quarter, and new Open Eye Gallery and Studio Art Program Director, Lindsey Aumick! 

Arundel Lodge: How did you get your start at Arundel Lodge?

Lindsey: I started as an intern in 2012, under the George Washington University Art Therapy Masters Program, helping with classes and art shows. I then came on board as a staff member in 2014.

Arundel Lodge: Why did you choose Arundel Lodge?

Lindsey: I came back as a staff member because I had interned at other behavioral health organizations, but I liked how lovingly and beautifully the staff here works with persons served. Persons served become family to each other and staff.

Arundel Lodge: What do you hope to accomplish as the Open Eye Gallery and Studio Art Program Director?

Lindsey: I hope to continue to make the art program stand out as a community show piece, where persons served can continue to grow and utilize art as a coping tool. I also hope to be able to invite more family members of our persons served, clinic clients, and other community members to participate. So, keep watching us!


Arundel Lodge Staff Have Plenty of Heart to Go Around!

Carol Fields, Administrative and Clinical Assistant, and Leon Fossett, Bay Ridge Residential Program Manager both from Arundel Lodge, participated in the "Back to School Program," helping to gather and distribute backpacks and school supplies to children in need. The program was sponsored by the Office of Community Initiatives, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. 

Carol Fields

Leon Fossett

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How Can I Help?

Volunteer Opportunities 

Immediate Need: 

We are seeking a few volunteers to man the information table and represent Arundel Lodge at the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention:
Walk Date:  09/24/2016
Walk Location:  Navy Marine Corps Stadium-550 Taylor Ave, Annapolis
Check-in/Registration Time:  10:00 am
Walk Program Begins:  12:00 pm
Walk Ends:  2:00 pm

Free Arundel lodge T-shirt provided! Call Cindy Garmoe at 443-433-5906.

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.
  • Art Room Volunteer - assist with art classes and projects Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. You don't have to be an artist!
  • 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 about it!
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!


In-Kind Donations

Thank  you to Michael Mortenson for donating dining chairs, a bureau and tables for the Residential Program!

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

Cindy Garmoe or call  (443) 433-5906  

To make a financial donation, please click on the button below:


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