On Friday June 16th we had our third Employment Dinner. It was facilitated by our newly formed Employment Dinner Committee consisting of members and staff of Shore House. The committee decided that dinners would be quarterly and a new format would take place: each dinner will have a specific topic and feature speakers to help facilitate the presentation.
This particular Employment Dinner focused on the topic of Mental Health Benefits of Working. In attendance were fellow Board members Lou Storey and Dick Lilleston, staff, and eleven members. Our first speaker was board member Lou Storey who presented on "The Importance of Meaningful Engagement: The Teachings of Viktor Frankl”. His power point presentation was very informative and contained his own artwork- the audience was very receptive and asked compelling questions. Our next speaker was member Chelsea Gould who spoke about her personal positive experience working while having a mental illness. She discussed the various benefits that she has found in maintaining steady part time employment. Chelsea was very empowering and helped facilitate a conversation amongst the crowd.
The food was enjoyed by all. Lou Storey cooked a very delicious chicken cacciatore, couscous, and a green salad. As for dessert, we were introduced to the best brownies on earth.
Overall, the dinner was very successful and we are looking forward to our next Employment Dinner. A special thanks to our Employment Dinner Committee, Lou Storey, and Chelsea Gould.
My Mind was Still as the Wind She Blew….
Is the name of the new show by local artist Kathleen Larson Latyschow at Frame to Please in Red Bank, New Jersey. The show opened in February 2017 and will continue until May 31st 2017. Shore House is grateful to Kat for naming us as her charity in which she will donate a generous portion of her proceeds. Staff and members attended the packed opening and had a great time mingling with the guests and checking out her amazing work. We also had the opportunity to speak to the guests about Shore House. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Contact Frame to Please for more details. http://frametoplease.com/category/charitable-endeavors/
Sons of Ireland Raise Money for Shore House
February 23, 2017. As you may know, Shore House is a beneficiary of this year’s Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge. At a presentation last night at Woody’s Ocean Grille in Sea Bright, we received a check for an extremely generous amount. We are most appreciative and extend our deepest heartfelt thanks to the Sons of Ireland!
In December 2016 Shore House launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the salary of a van driver. This campaign was very successful, reached its goal, and we have since launched our transportation program. Members now are able to schedule transportation to and from the Clubhouse.
Newcomers Art Fundraiser for Shore House
January 19, 2017. Newcomers hosted a fundraiser for us at the Galleria in Red Bank. Our "Art of Recovery" exhibit is winding down this month and it was the perfect way to end our very successful show. Executive director, Susan Mazzeo, and Shore House member, Mary Husowech were in attendance and gave very inspiring speeches. Mary stated, "Shore House has given me the confidence to believe in myself, my talent and my art." Many of our Shore House artists can relate to this sentence as well. This is why having the fundraiser at the Galleria was so meaningful. Many thanks to Natalie, Jamie and Jenny of Newcomers for organizing the event and to Megan and Mike of Frame to Please who arranged for the stores in the Galleria to not only stay open, but donate a percentage of their evening's sales to us as well.
Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques Workshop
January 18, 2017. Marissa from Choice Fashion and Media Co. came to talk to us about resume tips and career advice. First she took a tour of the Clubhouse, it was very interactive and she asked a lot of questions. When it was time for the workshop she sat with all of us and treated it more like a conversation. She told us to never let stigma get in the way because we are capable of doing anything we set our minds to. She was very inspiring and motivational. We learned how to cover up "gaps" we may have in our resume by talking about other relevant experience and to ignore any personal life details. Some advice she gave us was that work experience at Shore House is relevant experience- for example, if a member wants to get a job in retail that they should focus more on working in the Shore Shop. Finally, she told us not to get discouraged if the first interview doesn't go according to plan because this is common and reminded us to never give up. We really enjoyed having Marissa come and spend time with us.
Polar Bear Plunge
January 1, 2017. Happy New Year! The spectacular weather, contagious energy of the plungers and spectators, along with a rockin' concert by Brian Kirk and the Jirks all made the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear plunge a huge success! We are grateful to be one of this year's beneficiaries. It was a great way to start 2017! Want to learn more? Check out the Asbury Park Press article about the Polar Bear Plunge
December 15, 2016. We have been working with the local writing group Project Write Now for many months with creative writing workshops. One day, Project Write Now had the amazing idea to help us publish a book and we were very excited. To kick off this amazing accomplishment, we had a book celebration party where members, staff, and our intern read originalwork for our book- for some, this was the first time reading their work in front of a crowd! It was amazing to see that the room was completely filled of people to join us in our celebration. We were joined by board members, family, and friends. We were also very excited to have assemblyman Eric Houghtlaing and his aid Francine Glaser in attendance. We are very thankful to all of those that joined us in our celebration, to Project Write Now and to Hello Chef for the amazing food they provided us with. Overall, the evening was wonderful and we cannot wait until we publish another book.
Safe Keeping: Teen Suicide and Prevention
November 3, 2016. Shore House facilitated a valuable discussion at the Fair Haven Community Center. I’d like to communicate with you some of the important points that were touched on. Four experts in the field participated in the panel discussion and shared their experiences as they relate to suicide, stigma and resiliency.
Safe Keeping: Teen Suicide and Prevention
The panelists: Dr. Christine Tintorer, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Danielle Gasperini, LCSW, Program Director, Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services; Jim Romer, Clinical Director Emergency Crisis Services at Monmouth Medical Center and Dr. Andrew Lee, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. Highlights from the discussion included:
Talking about suicide does not create more suicide
Educating yourself about suicide leads to you being part of the solution
Learning to listen nonjudgmentally
Building resilience in children allows them to adapt when things don’t go their way
Five factors of resilience are: Self-Awareness, Interpersonal Connections, Flexible Thinking, Self-Regulation and Optimism
Below are some resources that are available to all residents of Monmouth County. Please click the buttons below for more information.
Mental Health First Aid: A course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services: A comprehensive system of response to resolve a child’s or young adult’s urgent emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. Individuals are seen within an hour.
Emergency Intervention Support Services (EISS): If you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health issue, Monmouth Medical Center’s EISS program provides up to 30 days of outpatient treatment and avoids the use of emergency room crisis units. For more information, please call 732-922-1042.
I hope these resources prove to be useful tools. Feel free to pass them on to friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Never underestimate the pain someone might be in; some are just better at hiding it than others. I extend my appreciation to the panel for giving their time and participation in the discussion and to the Fair Haven community for graciously supporting this event. Shore House is honored to work alongside the community to bring this important topic to the public.