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


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

In This Issue
What's happening at WYFCS?
WYFCS in collaboration with The Salvation Army, Maryland Food Bank, Choptank Trust and Samaritan Shelter provided 8,000 pounds of food to the Pocomoke community on October 11th.. Samaritan Shelter staff and local volunteers distributed the food to local citizens in need. All remaining food was used to replenish the shelter's food pantry. Many thanks to all who contributed and volunteered for the event!
On October 13th, WYFCS participated in Oktoberfest in Berlin. Kids enjoyed pumpkin painting, glitter tattoos, sand art and face painting! Thank you to everyone who came out and had a great day with us. Huge thank you to our volunteers for helping make this event a success!
Thank you to everyone who came to Taco Wars on October 13th and a huge thank you to Guidos Burritos for hosting the event! Congratulations to the restaurants that won best taco in each category! Best Pork Taco- Assateague Diner & Bar, Best Beef Taco- Tailchasers Restaurant & Dock Bar, Best Fish Taco- Harborside Bar and Grill and Best Overall Taco- Longboard Cafe! 

Also thank you to the businesses that donated prizes for the raffle! Atlantic Retreat, The Globe, The Links at Lighthouse Sound The GlenRiddle Golf Club, Barn 34 Real Raw Organics Kombucha Brewery & Café, Kendall Roof & Exterior Cleaning, Indigo Octopus Quiet Storm Surf Shop, Braddah Barney's, Ocean City Golf Club, Red Red Wine Bar OC, Longboard Cafe and Breakthru Liquor.
On October 24th, our Bus Stop Snack Shack set up at Windy Gardens Apartments to serve snacks to children and give out books! A HUGE thank you to Vicki Harmon at Coldwell Banker for sponsoring this months Snack Shack! Also, thank you to the Worcester County Judy Center and Worcester County DSS for joining us!

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
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.
Volunteer of the Month
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Ellen Krawczak
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)


DUTIES: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA's) are trained to advocate for children in the child welfare system. A CASA develops a relationship with the child he/she advocates for and follows the child's case to ensure the child receives needed services. The goal is seeing the child placed in a safe, permanent home.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:  Ellen moved to Ocean Pines when she retired. She had been a paralegal in New York but went back to school when she moved to Maryland to get her teaching certification. She had previously been a mentor to underprivileged children in NYC where she lived for many years. 
 
BEST PART OF YOUR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Shortly after moving to Ocean Pines, Ellen started looking for volunteer opportunities in Worcester County. She found that being a CASA married her love for children with her interest in the law. She feels that there are so many good things about being a CASA. She learns all the time from the CASA's that she meets and shares a case with. She also enjoys her continuing education. She learns how resilient some children are. She says that it is so rewarding to feel that you actually make a difference in a child's life.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE FACED: Ellen states that her biggest challenge was working with a hostile grandparent who had temporary custody of his three grandchildren. He was a caring grandparent but was always afraid that the children would be taken from him. He was intimidating to Ellen and did not like having a CASA make site visits. Ellen was able to make many of the site visits with the social worker, which eased the grandparent's hostility.

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW: Ellen feels that we are lucky to be in a county that has so many services and caring professionals. She thinks that learning from the staff and from other CASA's makes all of us better CASA's. Ellen said, "I can't think of anything more rewarding than making a difference in a child's life."

PROGRAM STAFF STATEMENT ABOUT ELLEN: Ellen has advocated tirelessly for area children for more than eight years. She is one of the most dedicated and reliable volunteers to ever participate in the Lower Shore CASA program. Ellen is strategic and thorough with her approach to all cases. She is both compassionate and no-nonsense when it comes to fulfilling her duties and advocating for the best interests of the children she serves. Staff can always count on Ellen to actively engage with trainings and reporting. She has often gone above and beyond in her role and most recently even took on advocating for three different children at once. We know we are fortunate to have Ellen as a team member!

WYF'S CASA is currently accepting applications for new volunteers. Please contact Angie Manos, amanos@gowoyo.org.
From One of Our Therapists
Giving Back For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything we have, but also to give back to those who are less fortunate. People are in need throughout the entire year, and the holidays are very difficult for those who cannot afford food and find themselves without the means to celebrate with their families. In 2014, more than 17 million households suffered from hunger at some point. For these families, the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is simply out of reach. Check out these Infographics to learn more about families in need and how a small contribution from you could help put food on their table this holiday season.

Here is a link to a list of local organizations that are accepting donations: http://www.suntopia.org/berlin/md/food_pantries.php

Also, here is a link to Thanksgiving-based therapy activities on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/pediastaff/thanksgiving-themed-therapy-activities/ 
Events
November 9 - WYFCS Annual Celebration
PLEASE JOIN US as we celebrate our successes and thank our amazing supporters! This year's celebration will be held in the Ray Community Room in the Worcester Youth & Family office located at 124 North Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811 from 5 PM - 7 PM. The event is offered free-of-charge with complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Phillip Cropper and Worcester Technical High School. Live entertainment will be provided by local jazz musician, Everett Spells.

November 10 - Fall Just Walk Berlin
Free fun walk with 1-, 2-, and 3-mile routes starting in Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street. Registration starts at 8:30 am and all walkers are eligible to enter a free raffle for a FitBit.  Strollers and friendly, leashed dogs welcome.

November 12 - Veterans Day
WYFCS Office Closed

November 22 - 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday
WYFCS Office Closed. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23 - Berlin Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House
Tree lighting at 6pm in front of the Atlantic Hotel, listen to the choir sign carols and watch as a block of ice becomes a sculpture of beauty.  Shops are open late and offer holiday savings.

November 26 - Pocomoke Christmas Parade
Join the Town of Pocomoke for the Christmas Parade from 7-9pm

November 27 - Giving Tuesday
We have a day for giving thanks, two days for shopping deals, and now we have Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to inspire the community. Make a contribution on this day by visiting www.shoregivesmore.org/wyfcs

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