For All Seasons Rape Crisis Grows Outreach in the Community

Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center and a Spanish Speaking Interpreter at For All Seasons.

The Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons provides crisis support to our Mid-Shore’s English and Spanish speaking women, men and children who have been impacted by trauma, rape, and sexual assault. The team of five full time staff members and eight after hours’ staff provide support and guidance through crisis intervention, counseling and education 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  According to Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center, “Our numbers have grown dramatically since I started at the Center 10 years ago and our agency has continued to work to meet the needs of the community.”

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, (RAINN), every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.  Garcia comments that For All Seasons offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week crisis response services for victims of rape and sexual assault in five counties on the Mid Shore, offering both English and Spanish emergency hotlines for the community. She adds, “While we are meeting the needs of the Mid Shore community, we also know that there are still barriers to reporting rape and sexual assault.  We are working to break down the stigma. We have expanded our outreach – working with community agencies to share information about the services we provide so more people will utilize our Center.”

The team at For All Seasons is comprised of trauma-certified advocates who help survivors make the choice that is best for them. This includes ensuring that each survivor is aware of their options for care; believing the survivor’s account of the assault; providing support and listening without judgement; and serving as a support. Specifically, the Rape Crisis Center provides support as survivors receive medical care, legal support, and crisis counseling, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to Ivy Garcia, members of the Rape Crisis Center team include Lauren Kirby, Victim Advocate and Outreach Educator; Elizabeth Jaramillo, Regional Navigator for Human Trafficking; Alberto Ardaya, Victim Advocate and Spanish Speaking Interpreter; and Maria D’Arcy, Victim Advocate and Case Manager.

Victims of trauma, sexual assault and abuse are connected to the Rape Crisis Center through the agency’s Rape Crisis hotline, referrals in the community, or by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner teams at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Easton, Cambridge or Chestertown.

When working with victims at the hospital, Advocates provide a comfort kit which includes items such as a change of clothes, personal hygiene items, a notebook for journaling and emergency food, and provide a safety check for the victim returning home. For All Seasons provides hotel stays when necessary to ensure a victim’s safety. For All Seasons then provides follow-up with the victim to offer advocacy services, which can include crisis and long-term counseling, legal support, and connection to law enforcement.

Garcia adds, “We are a victim’s advocate throughout the entire process.  No one has to go through this alone.”

The English Hotline is 410-820-5600 or 1-800-310-7273. Para Español llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al 410-829-6143. For further information, visit forallseasonsinc.org.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018.

For All Seasons Receives Speer Grant

For All Seasons recently received a $30,000 grant from The Speer Trust, an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, to support residents on the Mid Shore, including Kent County. The grant will help families to have access to mental health services regardless of their ability to pay and victims of rape and sexual assault to continue to receive a rapid support and advocacy response and have opportunities for ongoing mental health treatment.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “Even with the Affordable Care Act, the reality is that co-payments have skyrocketed in the past several years and families cannot afford these co-payments for mental health care. We believe that families shouldn’t have to choose between food on the table and mental health care – families and communities are healthier and safer when everyone who needs mental health care gets it.”

Pictured L-R are Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, Pastor Sara Holben, Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, Inc.

One focus of the grant will be to reach out to the community, including the Chestertown Presbyterian Church, to ensure that everyone knows about mental health needs and sexual assault prevention and awareness activities. In addition, For All Seasons will also offer general education sessions on topics such as grief, attachment, trauma, and coping.

The Speer Trust is an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, funding $6 million of programs in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of MD over the past 32 years and $8 million worldwide. The Speer Trust is a bequest from the estate of George I. And Lizzie F. Speer of Wilmington, Delaware, received by the Presbytery of New Castle in 1985 and earmarked for mission with people who are poor and oppressed. The Presbytery, through the use of the Speer Trust, is committed to empowering people who are marginalized, in every culture, and addressing root cause of poverty.

According to Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, “New Castle Presbytery is excited to partner with For All Seasons in supporting and expanding your mental health advocacy throughout the Eastern Shore. We look forward to our local congregations joining with you to build safe and healthy communities where health services are accessible to all.”

Langrell adds, “We are thrilled with the opportunity this grant provides in helping those who have entrusted us with their care to be empowered and nurtured on their journey to wellness.”

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273.

For All Seasons Appoints New Board Members

For All Seasons has appointed three new board members: Marie DiDaniels of Easton, Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, and Leslie Sea of Chestertown.

Emily Sparks Lynn a native of Birmingham, Alabama and now a resident of Easton, is the Director of Marketing with Attraction Magazine, the “Good News Magazine” on the Eastern Shore. She was previously employed as the Development Officer with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. Lynn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Information Science with a focus on Public Relations from the University of Alabama. She is a board member and Co-Chair of the Grants Review Committee with Women & Girls Fund, a member of Tidewater Rotary, and previously served on the Talbot Chamber Young Professionals Board of Directors.

Leslie Sea of Chestertown, a business woman with a background in sales and marketing. She and her best friend Brian Moore own Hometown Multimedia, LLC/WCTR in Chestertown, a community-based broadcast medium that serves all levels of the community. Their goal is to give the station back to the community and give it a voice. Previously, she was employed by Acosta Sales and Marketing as an Area Manager and owned a small business, Dr. Freeze Frozen Delights. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management with a concentration on Sales and Marketing from DeVry University. She is currently a Family Support Group Facilitator for NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s and on the board of the Bayside HOYAS.

Pictured back row, L-R, are new board members of For All Seasons: Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, Marie DiDaniels of Easton, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons. Seated front row is new board member Leslie Sea of Chestertown.

Marie DiDaniels of Easton is the Chief Human Resources Office at Shore Bancshares Inc. In this role she is responsible for all human resource functions of Shore Bancshares and its subsidiaries, Shore United Bank, Avon Dixon Insurance Agency, and Wye Financial & Trust. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rosemont College. DiDaniels has worked in a number of industries, for both small and large organizations, including Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Corporate Express, Genzyme Transgenics, and Westside Family Healthcare. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Eastern Shore SHRM. Previously, she served on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware.

Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “We are thrilled to have the expertise that these three new members bring to our board. They are dynamic leaders in their fields and connected to our communities in unique ways which will enhance our community partnerships moving forward.”

The following are the other board members on the For All Seasons Board. Phyllis Eleuthéra Ballantine of Easton has served on several community organizations. She is currently a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames – Delaware Chapter, the Patriotic Service Committee, the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, and Program Director of the Harbor Club of Easton. She volunteers with the Historical Society of Talbot County and the Classic Motor Museum. She has been a part of the Recovery Community for 14 years and Talbot Mentors. She previously worked for the National Space Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mount Vernon College.

Stuart “Mickey” Elsberg, has been a resident of Chestertown since 1997. He is a sales and marketing executive for EC Metro, a merchant bankcard (Visa and Mastercard) provider. A graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center, Elsberg is a member of the DC Bar and is a former consultant to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sultana Education Foundation, Inc., is a member of the Board of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, is Co-Chair of the Kent County Schools Junior Achievement, and serves on the Advisory Board of Rebuilding Together of Kent County. He was a founder of the Chestertown Havurah, Kent County’s Jewish community, and represents that group at the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association.

Diane Flagler of Easton is currently part owner of La de Da a women’s boutique in downtown Easton. She has worn many hats since moving to the Eastern Shore in 1971, including serving as office manager and assistant CFO of her husband’s OB/GYN Practice. In 2016, she was named Volunteer of the Year at For All Seasons. Her focus has always been on health, fitness, and helping others as she has participated in fundraising efforts for Special Olympics, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, and Talbot Friends of Hospice.

Andrea G. Lange, PhD, (President) of St. Michaels is currently serving as the Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Washington College. From 2007 to 2012 she was on the College’s Sociology Department faculty as an Associate Professor in Criminology, and thereafter, has held the post of Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in Administration of Justice and a PhD in Sociology and Criminology, both from American University. Dr. Lange has published in the fields of white collar criminology, the administration of justice, and juvenile delinquency, and regularly reviews books on human trafficking topics. She has served on the Board of Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, and is the current President of the Cove View Home Owners Association in St. Michaels, MD.

Pamela Cardullo Ortiz, Esq. of Chestertown is a currently Director of Access to Justice Department, Administrative Office of the Maryland Courts. Prior to that she was Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and Executive Director of the Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University of Law Center; a Master of Arts, Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School; and a Bachelor of Arts, History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has been a member of the Chestertown Planning & Zoning Commission, the Board of Directors of Imagination Alley, the Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel Bar Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Folk Music Society.

Deborah H. Walsworth of Easton (Treasurer) is a Managing Director and the Tax Practice Leader of the Easton office of CBIZ MHM LLC. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Pension Consultant (CPC). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Wilmington University and a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Baltimore. She is also a committee member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, the Memorial Hospital Foundation Planned Gifts Committee, and the Chesapeake Women’s Network of Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties.

Mary Witteman of Oxford has had a professional career that has included working in the field of Information Technology, as well as being a Real Estate Broker, Stock Broker, Publisher/Editor and writer for a small specialty magazine. She was also involved in gourmet foods, once having a cooking school. She previously lived in Richmond, VA and San Diego, CA, before settling in Oxford MD. She is an active board member of For All Seasons, a volunteer for Talbot Hospice, an active member of the Talbot Mentors, and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Oxford’s Volunteer Fire Department.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273.

For All Seasons Kicks Off Awareness Campaign

For All Seasons kicks off Mental Health Awareness Week and the launch of their new suicide prevention campaign, NO MATTER WHAT…YOU MATTER at Easton’s First Friday event. The event is part of the First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops.

In addition, Easton’s business community is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week by donating a portion of their sales on specific dates during Mental Health Awareness Week. Visit forallseasonsinc.org after October 1 to see which Easton businesses will be supporting the campaign or call Beth Anne Langrell at For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 to learn more or get involved.

NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Campaign Kick-Off
October 6, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Bartlett Pear at 28 South Harrison Street in Easton
Live music provided by the Choptank Big Band

Easton Business Alliance Shopping Week
Sales Benefit For All Seasons
October 7 – 14, 2017

For All Seasons Offers Neurofeedback Therapy

This spring, For All Seasons has introduced neurofeedback therapy to its clients as a new service. The program was introduced to For All Seasons by Bob Patterson, who started the Able Brain Center in Chestertown, MD. Patterson, who has over 20 years of experience using neurofeedback with trauma patients retired and brought the program to For All Seasons in January 2017. He has been mentoring staff at For All Seasons since then to transition the new program to the agency.

According to Carly Vincent, LGSW, Program Coordinator, Mobile Crisis Stabilization Services at For All Seasons, neurofeedback therapy evaluates the ratio of a client’s brain wave frequencies to determine what stressors he or she may be experiencing that lead to certain behaviors. She explains, “An imbalance or miscommunication between brainwaves in different parts of the brain can present as anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, and/or a variety of other symptoms. While it is typical to have both high and low brainwave frequencies interacting at once, finding a balance among these frequencies is the key to emotional regulation. Neurofeedback helps to facilitate this homeostatic relationship.”

Pictured left to right are Carol Strootman, LGSW, Therapist, For All Seasons, with Carly Vincent, LGSW, Program Coordinator, Mobile Crisis Stabilization Services at For All Seasons.

After an initial assessment, therapists work with clients to identify four to five behaviors they want to address in the therapy. In the office, clients are then connected to an EEG machine where sensors are placed on targeted areas of the skull responsible for different behavioral functions. The therapist then observes the client’s brain waves on the computer screen as the client plays certain computer games. The client gets a beep to reward certain behaviors in the game. The goal is to help the client achieve better emotional regulation while playing the game. Vincent adds, “The games target different areas of the brain that help with specific behaviors. Through this therapy, clients can reduce compulsive behaviors and/or improve regulation of other extreme behaviors.”

According to Carol Strootman, LGSW, Therapist, For All Seasons, “Trauma patients benefit from this type of therapy as it retrains the brain, making new pathways so that parts of the brain can communicate with each other.  The client realizes that new pathways are being formed when they start to feel changes in their ability to self- regulate their emotions.”

Neurofeedback therapy typically consists of 20 sessions which are scheduled twice a week. Each session is approximately 30 minutes long. Therapists at For All Seasons use neurofeedback in conjunction with psychotherapy. While the neurofeedback therapy is used across the life span, For All Seasons uses the therapy most with children and adolescents who may have ADHD or developmental trauma, as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Both Vincent and Strootman completed an extensive training focusing on the implementation of neurofeedback in the clinical setting, which included a hands-on practicum. Their training has provided a solid foundation for the ongoing mentoring they are receiving from Bob Patterson as they work toward independent certification. Strootman comments, “Neurofeedback is recognized as one of the best practices for ADHD by the American Academy of Pediatrics.” She adds, “I have recommended it to someone with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and she has been able to regulate her emotions better since using neurofeedback. Another person with inattentive ADHD and anxiety says she has been better able to focus in school since participating in this therapy. Her mother even reported that she began singing again like when she was younger.

Clients are paying for the neurofeedback therapy through grant funding and through self- pay options. For further information, contact For All Season at 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free:800-310-7273

For more than 30 years, For All Seasons has been strengthening and enhancing the lives of children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples and families on Maryland’s Mid-Shore by providing a full continuum of bilingual (English-Spanish) outpatient behavioral health services, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to provide the highest level of comprehensive and integrated therapy, advocacy, and psychiatric care in a safe environment where those who have entrusted us with their care are empowered and nurtured on their journey to wellness.

For All Seasons Celebrates Denim Day in Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On a Wednesday in April each year, Peace Over Violence celebrates Denim Day to raise awareness about sexual violence. April is chosen because it is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This campaign was started when an Italian Supreme Court ruled that a sexual assault conviction be overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, implying consent. The next day, women in Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity.

Pictured front row kneeling, L-R are Julie Crain, Susan Truitt, Beth Anne Langrell, and Nancy James. 2nd row, L-R, are Bonnie Thomas, Ivy Garcia, Rebecca Lepter, Yeslee Martinez, Jen Collins (kneeling), Lynda Koppelman, and Maureen Curtin. Back row, L-R, are Andrea Hammond, Kathy Langrell, Lois Bahr, Kathleen Traversari, Lisa Hymas, and Alberto Ardaya.

For All Seasons participated in Denim Day as a symbol of solidarity with victims of sexual violence. It was the hope of Peace Over Violence that by wearing denim, people everywhere can make a statement of activism against the harmful misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273. For further information about Denim Day, visit http://denimdayinfo.org.

For more than 30 years For All Seasons has been strengthening and enhancing the lives of children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples and families on Maryland’s Mid-Shore by providing a full continuum of bilingual (English-Spanish) outpatient behavioral health services, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to provide the highest level of comprehensive and integrated therapy, advocacy, and psychiatric care in a safe environment where those who have entrusted us with their care are empowered and nurtured on their journey to wellness.

Reflections on 30 Years with For All Seasons

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Pictured L to R are Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director with Joy Price, Founder of For All Seasons.

Thirty years ago, through the vision of one woman and the support of an entire community, the non-profit agency For All Seasons was established. Joy Mitchell Price, a local social worker in Talbot County, was working on her master’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Social Work when she was introduced to the idea of providing mental health services for the survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of their ability to pay.

Price, age 77, now retired and living in Catonsville, MD, recalls, “I realized there was a gap in our community for services and I wanted to find a way to help people get the help they needed.”

Nancy Wilson of Oxford, MD, Joy’s professor at the University of Maryland at the time, approved her idea for a research project which focused on creating a mental health services model for a rural area.  She comments, “Joy’s idea came from her exposure to the limitations of the social service system at the time and the desperate needs on the Eastern Shore.”

Wilson explains that it was Joy’s energy and tenacity, the resources she was able to tap into, and the need in the community that created the perfect environment for the non-profit to be born. While there were a number of public health agencies working in mental health at the time, there were few nonprofits. Catholic social services had left the area about the same time, leaving a gap in mental health services on the Eastern Shore.

Attorney Karen M. Kaludis, who was Deputy States Attorney for Caroline County from 1982 to 1988, recalls how local mental health agencies were stretched thin during this time. She comments, “One day I got a call from Joy Price. It was like manna from heaven. She wanted to fill the gap and bring mental health services to the survivors of sexual assault on the Shore. She asked me to join her team and I was happy to do so. I have been privileged to be the attorney for For All Seasons since the beginning. The help that For All Seasons provides benefits families, not only now, but for generations to come. We have Joy Price to thank for that.”

Price states, “We were just lucky. A number of people liked the idea and several of them helped us to get started. Conversations began in living rooms in Talbot County and the name “For All Seasons” was finally agreed upon.”

The group of community members who founded the agency included Price and Wilson, along with Maureen Jacobs, Kathleen Francis, Janet Pfeffer and Dr. James B. Thomas.  Janet Pfeffer, a community activist, helped Price find funding for the agency.  There were rape crisis centers on the Western Shore and the Lower Shore, but there was nothing in the Mid-Shore. Pfeffer recalls, “We began initially as a Rape Crisis Center, receiving the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding to start the business in 1986. As funding grew, the organization’s mission expanded to include counseling for children and adults who had experienced sexual abuse and eventually general mental health counseling.”

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Pictured L to R are founders of For All Seasons Maureen Jacobs, Janet Pfeffer, Joy Price, Karen Kaludis, with Executive Director Beth Anne Langrell.

For All Season began with a small office on West Street, then moved to an office on Dover Street after its services expanded.  Price comments, “The next thing we knew, I was executive director and we were rowing! She adds, “In many ways, it was a miracle it all came together.”

Price formed a board and the organization quickly outgrew its space on Dover Street, moving into new offices on Aurora Street, which is still where the organization’s home is today. As For All Seasons received grant funds, its scope of services changed and it began to service the five-county Mid Shore area. Wilson comments, “It has been a pleasure to see how the organizations has grown from the beginning serving Talbot County residents, to now serving the entire Mid Shore. It is a quality organization and a valued and important part of our community today.”

Price served as the organization’s first executive director, followed by Debbie Matthews, Connie Pullen, and eventually Dick Goldstein, serving until he passed way in 2013. Goldstein was also one of Nancy Wilson’s students. In 2014, Beth Anne Langrell became executive director of the agency.

Today, For All Seasons has offices in each of the five Mid-Shore counties and provides victim services 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In addition, more than 52 For All Seasons staff members offer a wide range of mental health services as well as support for victims of sexual violence and other traumas. The organization has gone from managing 19 grants totaling $600,000 to holding 39 grants totaling $1.2 million.

Langrell comments, “Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, behavioral and mental health remain the shadow lands of our everyday lives. We all know that these issues affect every one of us – members of our families and our friends in our neighborhoods and communities.” She adds, “The good news is that professional, effective, compassionate, and affordable care is available today and For All Seasons is committed to providing just this kind of support as we move into the next decade.”

Good Stuff: For All Seasons Named Beneficiary of United Fund of Talbot County

For All Seasons, Inc., the Mental Health and Rape Crisis Center of the Mid-Shore, has been selected as a beneficiary of the United Fund of Talbot County’s 2015-2016 campaign. In expressing her appreciation for the funding, For All Seasons, Inc. Executive Director Beth Anne Langrell said that the primary focus for the funding will be on providing bilingual mental health and psychiatric services to the community.

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“We are seeing an increased demand for services for the bilingual community and we’re very excited that we were able to welcome Dr. Dimas Tirado-Morales, a bilingual Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to our staff this summer,” she said. “As the leading agency to provide bilingual mental health, psychiatric and rape crisis services to the Mid-Shore we will use our funding to strengthen the health of the community through individual and group sessions.

For All Seasons provides a full continuum of mental health treatment and psychiatric services to all residents of the Mid-Shore regardless of their ability to pay, currently serving 2089 men, women and children in the five Mid-Shore counties. The agency operates a 24-hour crisis hotline with emergency advocacy response in both English and Spanish to child and adult victims of sexual abuse and assault. During the past year, 1493 people in crisis called the hotlines, receiving compassionate, confidential support both day and night.

The agency’s Rape Crisis Center provides advocates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond immediately when a rape victim appears at Emergency Rooms across the Mid-Shore. Advocates remain with the victims as long as necessary, and make certain that they’re seen by a mental health clinician within 24 hours. Advocates accompany victims with law enforcement, go with them to court appointments, and follow up with case management or referrals for long term treatment when necessary.

Clinical Director Lesa Lee said “One of the unique aspects of For All Seasons is that our clinicians are trained in a variety of approaches to meet the demanding mental health needs of our community. We’re happy to see anyone off the street who might have a short term mental health need – brief counseling for anxiety, depression or trauma after divorce, loss or an accident. But we also have expertise in working with specific issues such as children who have attachment disorders, and people with severe and persistent mental illnesses.”

Langrell comments. “We have retained and recruited incredible mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, a registered nurse certified in psychiatry and mental health and a top-notch administrate team over the past year and half. Our agency has adopted the “teaching clinic” model with professional development and ethics leading our team to ensure that we are prepared to meet the growing mental health demands of our community.”

The United Fund grant helps For All Seasons serve everyone in Talbot County with a mental health or crisis need. For more information, to make a contribution or to volunteer at the agency, call For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 or visit online at www.forallseasonsinc.org.

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“Heart & Music” Gala Fundraiser Scheduled for March 21-23

A Gala Fundraising catered event will open the Fourth Annual “Heart & Music: Sing, Dance, Smile, Inspire”, presented by the “Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, Inc.” Thursday, March 20. Reserve your tickets now, the Gala is close to being sold out, however tickets are still available for the three regular priced performances on March 21, 22, & 23 at the Oxford Community Center.

Director Ed Langrell and Music Director, Amy Morgan bring a talented cast from across the shore to perform music to make you sing, dance, smile, and inspire in this fourth annual production. Performers include: Gail Aveson, Katie Cox, Maureen Curtin, Philip Dutton, Marcia Gilliam, Bill Gross, Beth Anne Langrell, Ed Langrell, Terron Quailes, Lisa Roth, Heather Scott, Sarah Snyder, John Swann, Karen Twigg, and Joe Tyler. Percussion by Shelby Clendaniel, bassist Brian Robinson, produced by Beth Anne Langrell and Lisa Roth, with choreography by Annie Pokrywka, sound design by Mid-South Audio, and lighting by Brooke Christensen, Claire Gross, Tom Gross, and Jonathan Twigg.

Enjoy music from Pippen, Rent, Chicago, and Wicked, and songs by Frank Sinatra, Sam Cook, Billy Joel, and more. Toe tapping fun, dancing, and fabulous music that will entertain the young and the young at heart. Inspiring true stories from clinicians, family members, and clients that have been assisted by the services of FAS will be interspersed throughout the singing and dancing. These stories stress the importance of the assistance offered in the five counties by FAS.

The mission of the Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, Inc. (FAS) is the provision of affordable, easily accessible mental health services for individuals, families and groups in our Mid-Shore community.

The fourth annual “Heart and Music” opens with a Gala Fundraiser on March 20 at 6:00 pm, tickets are $75. Regular price performances, $20 adults and $5 students’ K-12, are Friday & Saturday, March 21 & 22 at 8pm, and Sunday, March 23 at 2pm. All shows are at the Oxford Community Center. Call “For All Seasons” 410-822-1018 or visit www.forallseasonsinc.org for information and to reserve your seats.