Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
Counsel + Empower + Strengthen + Advocate + Enlighten = Wellness
March 2019

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

In This Issue
Ahoy! It's the Eleventh Annual Pirate Party to benefit the children of Worcester County. A great cause to "Keep Children Afloat!" Don't miss the Summer Kickoff Party of the season! Pirate attire is highly encouraged but not required.

$49 entrance fee will get you free grub and 1 drink ticket
All admission includes live music and a rip roarin time!

Try yer luck at me Gold Bar Treasure for a chance to win great prizes! There will also be a 50/50 raffle & silent auction.
What's happening at WYFCS?
On Thursday, January 31, new CASA volunteer, Valerie Turner, and newly trained CASA Volunteer Coordinator, Nina Tomaselli, were sworn in as court-appointed advocates. Congratulations Valerie and Nina!

Pictured, from left to right: Angela Manos, CASA Director, Judge Peggy ("Mary Margaret") Kent, Nina Tomaselli, CASA Volunteer Coordinator, Valerie Turner, new CASA volunteer, and Cathi Coates, Family Magistrate.
Thank you Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines/Ocean City for your generous donation to WYFCS! Because of your kindness, we are able to make a difference in the lives of the children and families in our community.

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time."
On February 10th, 45th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille hosted the first Annual Soup-er Bowl Throwdown. Huge thank you to 45th Street Taphouse and family for matching the donations! Thank you to everyone who attended and the restaurants that provided award winning soups. Ocean Pines Yacht Club Pickles Pub Ocean City Papa Grande's Fenwick Boxcar40 Dunes Manor Hotel, Court & Suites Ocean City, MD Longboard Cafe Bluecoast Raw Bar, Bethanny Beach Ropewalk Ocean City Harpoon Hanna's Ocean 13 and 45th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille!

WYFCS is grateful for new opportunities to raise money for our programs and for the community support!
WYFCS Executive Director, Steve Taylor and Youth Programs Coordinator, Tiffany Scott, spread the love to Berlin Intermediate, Buckingham Elementary School and Worcester Technical High School on February 14th by providing them school supplies. Huge thank you to everyone who donated supplies and made this possible! WYFCS loves giving back. 
On February 15th, WYFCS hosted a welcome party for our new Youth Programs Coordinator, Tiffany Scott. BYC participants had a fun Friday night with games and food. Thank you Fox's Pizza Berlin for the pizza and On What Grounds for the desserts!
The BYC President's Day bash on February 18th was a success! We couldn't have done it without the help of some incredible people, organizations and businesses!

We started the day with an art project, led by Claire, a student volunteer! Thank you Claire!

We then walked over to Dream weaver located right down the street from WYFCS. The owners of this business taught the children how to use sound bowls and gave them friendship bracelets with a crystal! We finished our time at Dream Weaver getting henna tattoos- such fun! Thank you Dream Weaver!

After a yummy lunch, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program stopped by to do an activity with us! We learned about different types of fish by creating our very own! Thank you Maryland Coastal Bays!

To end the day, we participated in some relaxing yoga. Thank you Imad, from OC Beach Yoga, for instructing us!
Congratulations to Daniya, one of our SAGES participants, for being selected as the 1st place winner for the grades 7-8 division for the Women of Tomorrow Awards sponsored by Friends of WCCW. In Daniya's essay, she said, "I love helping the community. In the Sages group we serve food to people at churches and housing developments. I really like the smiles the people greet us with as we serve food, and I've learned it's good to help others no matter how big or small the help is." We are very proud of you, Daniya, and look forward to seeing you achieve your goals!
WYFCS sends a huge thanks to Patrick Henry for providing our SABERS boys with an incredible guided tour of his "African American Life From Another View" exhibit at Germantown School Heritage Center on February 26th!

Patrick Henry also educated us on the Four Disciplines and strategies to maintain Creative Discipline. Thanks Berlin Police Department, Maryland Chief Arnold Downing for joining our tour and providing a wealth of knowledge and humor!
The Bus Stop Snack Shack stopped in Pocomoke on February 27th and had a great turn out! Children went home with food, cold weather gear, school supplies, and books! Thanks to our community partners who came out to assist us, ladies from Worcester County DSS, Judy Center, and Pocomoke Elementary School staff!

Huge thank you Buckingham Presbyterian Church for your sponsorship!
Job fair season is upon us - make sure you are prepared! WYFCS is hosting a Job Fair Preparation Workshop. There is still time to register for the March 13th workshop. This workshop will help with resume enhancement, interview preparation, proper attire for interviews/job fairs, and helpful tips that will ensure success. Register today by calling 410-641-4598.
From One of Our Therapists
Healthy Relationships at Home and at the Workplace
By: Caryn Horn, LCMFT

Our lives are made up of relationships, whether we are referring to the relationship we have with ourselves, with our work, with our family, our partner, our friends or our children. Poor quality of relationships and lack of social supports both increase the risk for depression. Think about it. What is your mood like when your relationships are not going as well as you would like? Think about the last few times you've been angry, hurt or upset. Was it about the relationship you have with yourself, with your partner, your child, your family, friends, etc.?

Whether in a workplace, at home, or elsewhere, in order to have successful and healthy relationships, all parties must do their part. Here are some things you can do to begin this process:
 Listen without judgment
 Empathize and validate the other person's experience
 Communicate using "I" statements
 Express appreciation and gratitude
 Give genuine compliments
 Eliminate blame from your repertoire
 Take accountability and increase your self awareness
 Practice self-care/work-life balance
 Learn to trust yourself and others
 Demonstrate that you are trustworthy to others by following through, being consistent between your words and actions, using direct yet respectful communication
 Give eye contact and smile
 Be present in the moment
 Try to always find a positive in intention

For further resources, here is a link with a list of 25 ways to improve your relationships. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joyce-marter-/conscious-relationships_b_5287444.html

Additionally, we, at Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services provide counseling for individuals, couples, and families. Feel free to contact us at 410-641-4598 for any further information.
March 8 - 2nd Friday Art Stroll
Stroll downtown Berlin from 12-5pm and check out the featured artists and musicians in the stores and streets.

March 21 - 2nd Annual Lets Groove Tonight Party
Dancing queens and kings, put on your boogie shoes and party to benefit The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program. Dance party is at Sello's Italian Bar & Grill from 6-10pm. $75 per person includes lite far by Sello's. Dessert bar by Baked Dessert Cafe. Raffles and prizes. Entertainment by DJ Wax. To purchase a ticket visit www.sellosoc.com or in person at Sello's or Baked Dessert Cafe.

March 29 - WYFCS Bus Stop Snack Shack
WYFCS' Bus Stop Snack Shack will set up in Berlin (location to be determined). Join us as we hand out snacks and reading materials to children as they get off the bus.

March 30 - Worcester County Community Access to Resources Expo (CARES)
Join us to learn about resources available to you. Whether you need utility or food assistance, child or adult care, have health concerns, etc, Worcester County is here to help you!
In conjunction with Worcester CARES, there will also be a blood drive sponsored by Evergreen Lodge #153 and the Blood Bank of Delmarva, a shred event, and a free child identification program also sponsored by Evergreen Lodge #153.
To schedule your appointment for the blood drive contact Debbie at 410-641-4598.
The shred event is $5 per box and all donations will go to Worcester Technical High School "Coveralls for Careers."

March 30 - Worcester County NAACP Women's History Month Luncheon
Women speakers will be talking about the challenges they had to overcome in their life to achieve their dream. At Tyree A.M.E Church in Berlin from 11am-2pm. More information on the speakers can be found on their Facebook page.
 WYFCS Employment Opportunities
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.

Youth Club Counselor - Seasonal 
Youth Club Counselor will be responsible for overseeing group participants between the ages of 6-13 during summer activities. Program activities are cultural, educational and social. Must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid drivers license and clean driving record. Position is seasonal with varying hours between 25 and 40 hours.

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