For the third year in a row, staff members of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Center For Youth & Families (CYF) held a special day designed especially for the mothers of children and families that receive care in their programs. Held on Friday, May 12 in advance of Mother’s Day, the Center welcomed over 45 local mothers in celebration of the strength, love and hope they provide every day.
“Our goal has always been to reach out and honor the hard work and dedication our moms have for their children. We have been so pleased at the response to this wonderful day. It has encouraged our staff to grow and expand it each year.” says Alena Josephson, CYF Developmental Clinician with the Child First Program and one of the many organizers of this year’s event.
Offerings included a pop-up clothing and accessory boutique that was made possible by donations from local residents and supporters, an anonymous angel, and the staff at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. It included clothing, jewelry, and self-care items that participants could choose from at no charge. In addition, mothers were treated to massages donated for the second year in a row by Marion LeMay, LMT, of Wolcott. Attendees also enjoyed refreshments, lunch donated by Jimmy’s Store of Torrington, a raffle, and special swag gift bags with items donated by CHH staff.
The Center for Youth and Families has been an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance since that provides an array of professional mental health services that assist children, adolescents and their families with emotional, behavioral, and developmental difficulties. The northeast Center’s approach is wide-ranging, beginning with a thorough and sensitive evaluation of the “whole” child in the context of the family, school and the community. To further this understanding, the Center Staff work closely with schools, guidance counselors, local area pediatricians and other community providers. Child First is an intensive home-based program that serves families with children ages prenatal through age 6. It is an evidence-based model that aims to decrease the stress in the life of the family while also offering therapeutic services and developmental guidance to the family.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.
PHOTO CAPTION: A few members of the Center For Youth & Family staff who helped organize the annual Mother’s Day event include (LtoR) Beth Birden, Evelyn Rodriguez, Marguerite Mahon, Alena Josephson, Christine Talbot, Melissa Samok, and Lisa Newberry.