For All Seasons’ Give with Your Heart campaign recently wrapped up with its 2022 Give With Your Heart video featuring the song, “Lean on Me.” In addition to the inspiring song, this year’s campaign featured the reflections of community members and friends who have had experiences with the agency and wanted to share their stories.
“We were thrilled this year to have community members who know our services step forward to share their stories ‘from the heart.’ These are people who understand the importance of the work our staff does day in and day out. Their courage in sharing their personal stories has touched the community in significant ways – we couldn’t be more grateful for their support,” comments Beth Anne Langrell, CEO of For All Seasons.
The following are highlights from the messages from community members which were posted throughout the Give With Your Heart campaign:
Ivy Garcia, Director of Latino Services, For All Seasons:
“I work with many clients who suffer many traumas – from crossing the borders and suffering rape, sexual assault, and being human trafficked – as well as clients with little to no knowledge of mental health. Throughout our education and support groups, our clients learn a new style of life after suffering many victimizations. I love what I do . . .We provide them with new skills and they become better members of society.”
Amy Steward, Local Writer and Community Member:
“About 25 years ago, I faced a really difficult divorce and decided that I needed support services for myself and my family. . . There are lots of bumps along the way in life, and we never can predict when these things are going to happen in our lives. When they happen, you really need to know that you have someone there to catch you. . . I look at For All Seasons as that safety net in our community.”
Nick, For All Seasons Client:
“I lost one of my really good friends to suicide as a result of depression and narcolepsy. As I was struggling myself, I got to a point where what I like to call my, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ moment where I started feeling like maybe the world would be better if I just wasn’t a part of it. . . Because of the experiences that I had with For All Seasons, not only was I able to address the immediate issues that I was dealing with, but I liked myself more. . . For the first time, I feel like not only can I be myself, but I feel proud of who I am.”
Dave, For All Seasons Client:
“I actually got sober six and a half years ago. I was drinking myself to death. I’d had several events happen in my life that I had not addressed. . . I reached out for help and I got it. . . and I continue to come to therapy at For All Seasons. It’s been one of the most wonderful things in my life. If it wasn’t for this program, I would not be alive.”
Susan Truitt, Director of Clinical Operations, For All Seasons:
“I believe that we all want to do well in our lives. That people are born with the intention of being happy, healthy, productive people. And sometimes, there are things that get in the way . . . When those things happen, we want there to be a place that we can land and know that we will be supported and get help to get back on our feet. And, for me, For All Seasons is that place and has been that place for so many people.”
For All Seasons wishes to thank everyone who donated to the 2022 Give With Your Heart Campaign. Presenting Sponsors included Paul B. and Joanne Prager, and the Warren L. Allen Family Fund. This year’s Wellness Sponsor was Peter and Hanna Woicke. Healing Sponsors included E.E. Street Memorial VFW Post 5118, and What’s Up Media. Hope Sponsors included Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, PA, Intown Management, LLC, Marasun Roofing, Patriot Cruises, Provident State Bank, and Wye Financial Partners. Help Sponsors included BSC Group, LLC, Charles T. Capute LLC, Julyan Management Group, LLC, McAllister, DeTar, Showalter & Walker LLC, Orion Safety Products, Piazza of Easton, Richard C. Graves, CPA, LLC, Rise Up Coffee Roasters, Zuleika M. Ghodsi, MD, PC / Delmarva Eye Center. Comfort Sponsors included Bay Star Trading Company, Inc., Channel Marker, Diane Flagler / La De Da, Karen Davis, State Farm Agent, Kevertin Pet Resort, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Palmer’s Plumbing, Rheumatology Associates of Delmarva, Schauber Van Schaik Insurance and ERIE Insurance, Schuman Cleaning Services, Spy Newspapers, and Sump & Associates, PC.
For All Seasons provides the highest quality mental health and victim services to children, adults, and families across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Services are offered in both English and Spanish and include therapy, psychiatry, victim advocacy, 24-hour crisis hotlines, outreach, and community education. For further information, contact For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.