“I Walk Because I Care”
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“I Walk Because I Care”
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With September being National Suicide Prevention Month, it is a good time to connect with friends or family who might be struggling. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but with strong support and access to resources, it is also preventable. Here at CONNECT to end violence, we also want to acknowledge the close link between domestic violence and suicidality. According to the American Psychological Association, survivors of intimate partner abuse are twice as likely to attempt suicide multiple times. We hope that by talking more openly about both of these public health crises, more work can be done and people can be reached.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, support is available by calling Emergency Services, a program of MVCS at 508-693-0032 or The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
The mission of CONNECT to end violence is to reduce domestic and sexual violence on Martha’s Vineyard by changing the social norms through education, advocacy and community mobilization, and providing crisis intervention services including advocacy, counseling and support services for victims, survivors and their significant others. CONNECT is dedicated to the social movement to end violence in our community.
CONTACT US AT…
Business: (774) 549-9667
Hotline: (508) 696-SAFE (7233)
TTY: (774) 549-9659
MA Service Alliance/Commonwealth Corps and Island Health Care
Community Health Center are recruiting service members to engage
the Island community in the MV Partnership for Health’s wellness
and healthy living goals. Members must be Massachusetts residents, 18
years of age or older with an interest in community advocacy and
development, in keeping with the Commonwealth Corps mission.
Members will serve half-time from 8/29/16 – 6/24/17, including training
and development, with a semi-monthly stipend, and assignment to
specific project(s). For job description and application, contact
email@example.com, or call 508-627-5797 ext 114.
Dow Jones award winning writer, performer, and lecturer Lee Wolf and her performing partner Julie Gilbert, novelist, biographer, and playwright, in a tell-all conversation about the life and work of Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, and Lillian Hellman. A short film will accompany the performance. All proceeds from the event will benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.
“The evening will be centered on a discussion about the life and work of these three very talented women at a time when it was a very rare thing in our society to have women achieve the level that they did,” said Lee Wolf. “Julie and I will also incorporate an interactive performance that will include dialogue from excerpts of their selected works’ in a question and response mode.”
Dorothy Parker was a legendary literary figure known for her acid-tongued hooks. Edna Ferber was a renowned writer of short stories, novels and plays, including Dinner at Eight and Show Boat. A leading playwright and motion picture screenwriter, Lillian Hellman was famous for her dramas The Children’s Hour, The Little Foxes and Watch on the Rhine.
“When Lee asked me how she could contribute to her new community of Martha’s Vineyard, I knew this was the answer,” said Sandra Pimentel, MVCS board member and Co-Chair of the fundraiser. “This is a unique and wonderful collaboration between the Hebrew Center, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and these two brilliant women. This is an opportunity for us to come together on behalf of these two non- profits while being treated to an evening of fun and learning.”
“My wife brought me to a sold out event at the Kravis Center in Florida and I expected Ladies of Letters to be a woman’s performance,” said Stanley Snider, active community member and Edgartown resident. “I was thoroughly enlightened and learned quickly that the lives of Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Edna Ferber were relevant and inspirational to men especially. We need to know what make our modern wives, daughters and daughter- in laws so special. Lee Wolf and Julie Gilbert are truly talented and creative performers.”
General admission is $100 and Sponsor tickets are $200 and include reserved seating. Ticket can be purchased here: https://mvcommunityservices.ejoinme.org/ladiesofletters or checks can be made payable to MVCS.
Members of the media and the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Substance abuse affects more than the individual; it has a ripple effect on family, friends, and other loved ones. Gaining an understanding of addictions and speaking with others with similar experiences can help support your relationships and you in a difficult time.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Island Counseling Center will hold its next Ripple Group series for adult family members of addicts starting Thursday, July 14th. The group will meet monthly on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Island Counseling Center on the MVCS campus at 111 Edgartown Rd in Oak Bluffs.
Ripple is an educational and supportive group for loved ones (age 18+) of those experiencing substance abuse who are seeking an understanding of addictions and support. This group seeks to provide a safe space for loved ones to learn accurate and up-to-date information about addiction, recovery, treatment, and its effects, as well as provide support to each other and themselves in their roles as family and friends of those in active addiction or recovery.
Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Jaime Schwab at 508-693-7900, extension 375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is excited to announce that Michael Blanchard’s second annual calendar Vineyard Serenity: Celebrating New Beginnings 16-month has arrived.
A well-known Island photographer, Michael Blanchard is an author and a generous supporter of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Out of his generosity, Michael will donate $10 of each $19.95 calendar purchase in support of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services New Paths Recovery Program.
Equally important to the funding is raising public awareness that addiction can devastate all communities, including the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. We are honored to partner with Blanchard Photographic Impressions and Tisbury Printer on this project and grateful for your support as together we help to raise addiction awareness.
Click here for calendar details including size, date range and content.
Click here to pre-order a calendar for you and a friend. Look for “Add to Cart” to make your purchase.
“I want you to feel the same spiritual energy I feel when I go out and photograph this beautiful island. These are my photos and my words. I try to speak openly and without shame, despite my history of alcoholism and the many people I hurt. I hope my honesty inspires others who are too shameful to seek the help they desperately need.”
– Michael Blanchard
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The Island Wide Youth Collaborative is sponsoring it’s second educational group series for adolescents focusing on the effects of substance use and abuse. The group, Pathfinders, is designed to engage and inform students who have a desire to explore their relationship with substances.
The goal of the group is to increase the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the impact of substance use in their lives and expose them to alternatives to using drugs and alcohol. Island-based activities focused on confidence building and highlighting local supports for those in recovery will be built into the curriculum.
Each group meets twice a week for six weeks.
The next group is scheduled to begin April 11, 2016 and will meet Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drop-in’s are welcome.
To register or for more information, please contact:
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative at 508-693-7900 x401,
Amy Lilavois at MVRHS 508-693-1033 x291 or
Hope Tripp at MV Charter School at 508-693-9900
BOSTON, MA. (March 23, 2016) – Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Disability Services Family Support Center Coordinator, Kathi Hackett, received a Supporting Families Through Family Support award from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Statewide Advisory Council during a celebration an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members. The primary goal of family support is to provide a variety of options to individuals with disabilities and their families that enable them to stay together and to be welcomed, contributing members in their home communities.
DDS and the Statewide Advisory Council recognized outstanding leaders and families in Department’s Family Support Program from across the state. Awards were given to individuals in the following categories: Gunnar Dybward Leadership Award, Benjamin Ricci Commemorative Award, Benjamin Ricci Commemorative Award, Allen Crocker M.D. Health Services Award, and Supporting Families through Family Support Awards in Central, Metro, Northeast and Southeast regions.
“Kathi has been the primary provider of family support services for the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket for many years. She has worked hard, and singlehandedly, to establish trusting relationships with the individuals and the families we support and has become a trusted and accessible resource to them,” said Richard Cavicchi, Area Director, Cape Cod and Islands. “Kathi considers her role with these families as a privilege, which speaks to her commitment and the high value she places on supporting families. She is truly one of the Cape and Islands treasured assets.”