Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
Counsel + Empower + Strengthen + Advocate + Enlighten = Wellness
December 2018

Happy December! Welcome to our newsletter and thank you for supporting Worcester Youth and Family! 

In This Issue
What's happening at WYFCS?
Thank you to all who attended our Annual Celebration on November 9th! Because of you, we are able to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve! Huge thank you to Phil Cropper and the students at Worcester Technical High School for the delicious food and Everett Spells for the excellent live entertainment! Also special thank you to Taylor Bank for this years sponsorship of our celebration!

Congratulations again to our sun honorees! Judge Peggy Kent, Outstanding Supporter; Pat Oltman, Outstanding Contributor; Helen Wiley, Outstanding Contributor; Carol Rose & Suzanne Parks, Outstanding Contributors; and Mary Yenney & Susan Hogan, Outstanding Contributors. Also congratulations to our Clinical Director, Dr. Jennifer Leggour for 10 years of service at WYFCS!
Thank you to everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday, November 27th! Because of you, WYFCS continues to achieve great success in helping our community members overcome some of life's most significant challenges. If you missed Giving Tuesday, we gladly accept donations by mail or online any time of the year.

Special thank you to the sponsors of the Shore Gives More campaign! Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 47 ABC and Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive. Without your support, this would not be possible!
Thank you to Berlin MD Arts & Entertainment and St. Paul United Methodist Church for inviting the SAGES participants to volunteer at the Artists Giving Back dinner on Giving Tuesday, November 27th. The girls enjoyed helping serve drinks, food and desserts to the guests.
WYFCS is partnering with Habitat ReStore Worcester County MD to sponsor children in the community for the Holidays. Stop in to the ReStore to pick a child from the giving tree to spread some Holiday cheer! Any purchases made between now and 12/15/18 (limit 1 transaction per sponsorship), ReStore will take an additional 10% off of your purchase!
A HUGE thank you to Toys For Tots for their Holiday Gift contributions to the participating families in the WYFCS programs. More than 80 children in our programs will receive a gift for the Holidays! With the help of this charitable organization, we were able to make the Holiday season a little brighter for many families. We appreciate the Marines, all of the volunteers who contributed time and resources to the program and of course each and every donor who dropped off an unwrapped toy.
On November 29th, WYFCS set up the Bus Stop Snack Shack at Cannery Village in Berlin. The SAGES participants volunteered and handed out pizza and hot chocolate on a cold afternoon to approximately 50 children as they got off the bus. Huge thank you again to Grover and Debbie Collins for sponsoring the Snack Shack and Dominos for helping out with the pizza. 

If you know of a great Bus Stop Snack Shack location or would like to sponsor one of our events, please contact Debbie Smullen at 410-641-4598 or email at dsmullen@gowoyo.org
WYFCS is collecting toiletries and cleaning supplies to distribute to the 100 families of Worcester County Head Start Children. Any kind of toiletry and any size. Please have all supplies to WYFCS by December 18th. If you or your organization would like to contribute, please call Debbie at WYFCS 410-641-4598.
Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is expanding its practice and has openings described below. Please email cover letter and/or resume to shine@gowoyo.org.

Licensed Counselor/Therapist
Our outpatient clinic is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic clinician to provide mental health counseling to youth, adults and families. Candidates must be a licensed psychologist, LCSW-C or LCPC.
From One of Our Therapists
Grief and the Holidays
By: Erin Sullivan, LCSW-C 

With the holiday season in full swing, we are surrounded by music, laughter, decorations and holiday gatherings. Every where we turn, there are commercials, signs and reminders, that it is time to celebrate. For some people, this is the most joyous time of the year; for others, this time of the year can be very difficult.

For anyone who has experienced a loss in their life, you know that each person grieves differently. The holidays are no exception to the rule, and can be one of the most challenging when you are missing a loved one. There is no right way to grieve, as long as you are feeling supported and safe. The holidays are a time of traditions, and togetherness, so bereavement can complicate this, leading a person to want to do things completely different than years before.

When the holidays approach and you are grieving, attempt to stay connected to your loved ones. If it feels right, keep similar traditions alive, visit with friends and families and celebrate the person you have lost. It is important to remember to remain supported around this time of year, whether by co-workers, friends, family members or a professional to help you cope with the grief. I have attached an article which I find very helpful, when supporting clients who are grieving around the holidays, https://whatsyourgrief.com/64-tips-grief-at-the-holidays/.

Please contact Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, if you are in need of support this holiday season, or any other time of the year.
December 6 - Berlin Christmas Parade
Join the town of Berlin and celebrate the holiday season with the 48th annual Christmas parade. Watch the many bands, floats, fire companies and other entries as we all await the arrival of Santa. Shuttle available from Berlin Intermediate School. Parade starts at 7pm.

December 12 - WYFCS Youth Programs Holiday Dinner
Worcester Youth and Family's SAGES, SABERS and BYC participants will enjoy a holiday dinner with their family.

December 12 - WYFCS Donation Drop off 
Worcester Youth and Family will be dropping off toiletry donations to 60 families at the Stockton Head Start.

December 14 - 2nd Friday Art Stroll in Berlin
Stroll downtown Berlin from 12-5pm and check out our featured artists and musicians in the stores and streets.

December 16 - Bake Sale at Sello's to Benefit WYFCS
Visit Sello's Italian Oven & Bar bake sale on Sunday, December 16th from 12-3pm for tasty treats and pastry perfections provided by Sello's elves. Proceeds benefit WYFCS. 

December 19 - WYFCS Donation Drop Off
Worcester Youth and Family will be dropping off toiletry donations to 40 families at the Snow Hill Head Start.

December 24-25 - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
WYFCS office will be closed.

December 31 - Berlin New Year's Ball Drop
There will be two celebrations again this year. Kids Party starts at 5pm with a ball drop at 6pm. Sponsored by Heart of Gold Kids then at 10pm dance the night away with DJs Big Al Reno & Schwab from Ocean98. Plus outdoor bars & food!

December 31 - January 1 - New Year's Holiday
WYFCS office will be closed.

To make a donation to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, click here

You can
..Protect a child from child abuse
..De-stigmatize mental health
..Empower the neglected
..Strengthen a family
..Improve a community
..Feel good about your day!

We often need volunteers to help with our programs. Some of the volunteer opportunities are short term such as helping with fundraisers and community events while others require more of a time commitment.
To learn about WYFCS volunteer opportunities, you can visit Get Connected by United Way or call the office at 410-641-4598

Thank you for your support! 
Worcester Youth & Family | 410-641-4598 | shine@gowoyo.org | www.gowoyo.org
124 N. Main Street Berlin, MD 21811