Posts Tagged ‘Marlborough’

We all need a good laugh

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

It’s been a tough week around Boston. There’s no getting around that. We share in the grief that many in this region are facing and we hope that as Bostonians, we can get back to our day-to-day lives and come out stronger than ever. We’ve already witnessed the strength our community has and stand proud like you to answer when asked where we are from, “Yes, I’m from Boston.”

Laughter is healing and while we know the events of the past week are still fresh on our minds, we must still focus on those we serve here. We have a great event planned for May 16 and we know you’ll have a great time and laugh harder than you have in recent times. Please join us for the Mikey Adams Roast and help us raise a few bucks for our vital programs.

Details are below. We hope to see you there.

Mike (Mikey) Adams host of the Planet Mikey Show on Sports Radio WEEI will be “roasted” to help raise money for our programs here at Employment Options. The Roast will take place on May 16.

The Roast will take place at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA and several big names in Boston are coming in to roast Mikey. “Roasters” will include former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill “The Spaceman” Lee, Radio Veteran Glenn Ordway and Actor John Fiore, known for his role in the Sopranos and Law and Order. Others include nationally known comedians Dave Russo and Graig Murphy.

These celebrities will take part in this event to roast Mikey Adams, honoring his long career in broadcasting and to help raise funds for the important work we do here at Employment Options.  Master of ceremonies for the event will be veteran TV reporter/anchor Eileen Curran.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by calling Employment Options at: 508-485-5051, Extension 237 or visiting the website at: http://www.employmentoptions.org/roast13.htm

Depression Anonymous

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Every Thursday we at Employment Options will be holding a Depression Anonymous meeting, to address the concerns of the membership about the effects of depression. We will be holding the meeting from 1:00 – 2:30pm in the Employment Options conference room. We certainly hope that this meeting will have a healthy attendance and we look forward to the many stories members will have to tell as well as how we can help each other. 

For more info, please contact Larry Stier at 508-485-5051.

Free Course on Mental Illness For Family Caregivers

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Free Course on Mental Illness For Family Caregivers

NAMI’s Family to Family Program

• Every Wednesday for 12 weeks

• 7-9PM, Starts September 5, 2012, Marlborough, Massachusetts

• Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders, and PTSD

• Up-to-date information about the latest treatments

• Current research related to the biology of brain disorders

• Special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communications

• Taught by family caregivers for family caregivers of someone with mental illness

Seating Limited. Contact Tina today for registration 508 272 9061

NAMI MetroWest is a local chapter of NAMI Massachusetts a nonprofit, grassroots organization providing advocacy, education, and support for individuals with mental ill­ness and their families.

Help Phone: 508 485 8700 Web Site: www.namimetrowest.org

Young Adult Luncheon with Chris Herren

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Adam F. with Chris Herren

On Tuesday, June 19th, Employment Options held its first annual Young Adult Luncheon. People of all ages came from every corner of the Metrowest region to see the services we could provide and to all spend some time together, and as expected, attendance was through the roof! As a host for the event, I (Kurt T.), along with my fellow host Caitlin, were treated to a privileged view of all who attended. We saw a great many new faces, quite a few of which will hopefully consider membership. Our ice cream bar proved to be a popular attraction as was our raffle where everything from mini-golf passes to Red Sox tickets were up for grabs.

We at Employment Options are very thankful that Chris Herren, a former Boston Celtics player, who was able to attend our luncheon as a guest speaker. Mr. Herren had at one time experienced the harsh reality of addiction and stole the show with a captivating tale of his life, prompting a cheerful reaction from the crowd. Mr. Herren’s story elicited many emotions from the audience, not the least of which was happiness, undoubtedly at the prospect of recovery. His experience with recovery reminded us that with time and support, everyone can be capable of the same feat.

Thank you to all who came and we look forward to the second annual Young Adult Luncheon next year!

Employment Options Celebrity Roast May 31 Featuring Cathy Mogavero; Tickets Still Available

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

NECN’s Eileen Curran to serve as master of ceremonies

Marlborough, MA; May, 2012: Employment Options, a regional leader in providing a variety of crucial services to individuals strengthening their recovery from mental illness will host their next Celebrity Roast on Thursday May 31. Tickets are still available to honor community leader Cathy Mogavero.

Cathy Mogavero executive vice president of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce is set to take a few jabs and be honored for her years helping the Greater Marlborough community. With hilarious video tributes and a table full of those ready to honor and poke a little fun at Cathy, the night should prove to be one to remember in the Marlborough region.

Veteran Boston TV Reporter Eileen Curran, currently with New England Cable News will serve as master of ceremonies.

Roasters include;

  • Steve LeDuc; Former State Representative
  • Susanne Morreale Leeber; President and CEO of Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Darren McLaughlin; Manager of Wayside Racquet and Swim Club of Marlborough
  • Jack Cutone; Owner of United Asset Trading Corporation
  • Toni Wolf; Executive Director of Employment Options
  • Peter Marshall; President of Marshall Insurance Agency

The Roast will take place at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel on the evening of May 31. Cocktail hour start at 5:30 with the Roast starting at 6:30pm. A buffet-style dinner will be served in the lobby prior to the event.

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased by calling Employment Options at: 508-485-5051 or visiting their website at: http://www.employmentoptions.org/roast

Sponsors for the event include: Marlborough Savings Bank, St. Mary’s Credit Union, Alexander, Aaronson and Finning & Co, P.C. , NStar and Marlborough’s WMCT-TV.

About Employment Options:

Employment Options is a nonprofit agency serving those in the Metro West region who are looking to take control of their mental health and wellness. With a forward-thinking approach, Employment Options provides an environment where individuals support and encourage each other to live life to its fullest, gain the dignity and respect we all deserve and do so in safe and supportive surroundings.

Employment Options provides the tools for members with Workforce Development Programs, Young Adult Initiatives, Housing Assistance and the Family Options Program.  Other programs include Furnishing Options which reaches out to low-income individuals and families providing essential household items and furniture and Catering Options, a full-service catering operation that helps to fund the overall programs of the organization. More on Employment Options can be found at: www.EmploymentOptions.org.

NAMI Walk a Success!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Members and staff alike descended on the NAMI grounds from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Artesani Park in Brighton.  Once the tent was set up, the literature laid out, Alicyn G’s bracelets were displayed and Scott H’s caricature stand set up they were off.  The Options chef David W. provided a variety of sandwiches and chips along with water, fruit punch and iced tea for the folks from the clubhouse.  Many people visited the booth for information on what Employment Options was all about and Scott H. was busy all day with customers as well.  All told Employment Options gathered roughly $800 to donate to NAMI.  It was a fun day, we were all busy and everyone was enthusiastic and made it the entire three miles.  But the most important message was that Options was available for anyone who needed its services.

Help Employment Options Programs and Have a Laugh at the Same Time

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Our next fundraiser will hopefully raise some serious cash for our organization and in return, have you laughing long after you leave. In fact, we guarantee it!

Our annual Celebrity Roast will be held on Thursday May 31. We’ll be roasting long-time community member Cathy Mogavero. She currently serves as the executive vice president of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and if you know Cathy, she has probably helped you in some way. She’s a master networker and knows every in the Greater Marlborough and Central Mass region.

Cathy has graciously agreed to take the Hot Seat and we are grateful that she has done so. Why? First, we really need to raise some funds to keep our programs going and we truly believe that Cathy is due some recognition for all she has done for the community, businesses in the region and all the other non-profit organizations she has helped over the years.

We not only need your help in raising money for our programs but you really owe it to yourself to buy a ticket or a table for your company. With a head table full of funny Roasters, veteran TV reporter Eileen Curran and the master of ceremonies and video tributes (some good, some, well, you be the judge…) we are confident this will be one of the funniest nights you’ll have out this year.

So, click on the promo video above, get excited and then please call us to get your tickets. You can also order online at http://www.employmentoptions.org/roast

A Free Forum on Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of MetroWest will present A Forum on Mental Illness and Substance Abuse on Thursday February 9, from 7:00 to 8:30pm at Employment Options, 82 Brigham Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.  This Forum is of particular interest to persons in recovery, and their families.  Light refreshments will be served.

According to reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Roughly 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse.

Dual diagnosis services are treatments for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders — mental illness and substance abuse. Research has strongly indicated that to recover fully, a consumer with co-occurring disorder needs treatment for both problems — focusing on one does not ensure the other will go away. Dual diagnosis services integrate assistance for each condition, helping people recover from both in one setting, at the same time.

To register or for additional information log on to www.namimetrowest.org Phone: 508-875-1544 or email at    NAMImetrowest@verizon.net  

Dual diagnosis services include different types of assistance that go beyond standard therapy or medication: assertive outreach, job and housing assistance, family counseling, even money and relationship management. The personalized treatment is viewed as long-term and can be begun at whatever stage of recovery the consumer is in. Positivity, hope and optimism are at the foundation of integrated treatment.

Romas Buivydas, Ph.D., LMHC, Vice President of Clinical Development will be one of the Forum speakers.   Dr. Buivydas has more than twenty years of experience in the behavioral health field. His expertise spans program development and implementation, training, quality assurance, risk management, compliance and data management. As Vice President of Clinical Development, Dr. Buivydas provides training and consultation in clinical methods and instructional techniques to program staff throughout the organization. Previously, Dr. Buivydas provided consultation to numerous behavioral health organizations and was formerly the Director of Evaluation at a hospital-based psychiatric/addiction department for six years. He is also a national presenter/trainer at conferences/symposia across the country.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of MetroWest (NAMI MetroWest ) is a local chapter of NAMI Massachusetts. We are a nonprofit, grassroots organization with the mission of advocating for persons in recovery and their families.

Kitchenware Drive with the Marlborough Girl Scouts

Monday, January 30th, 2012

On January 16th, Furnishing Options partnered with the Marlborough Girl Scouts to hold a Kitchenware Drive Collection in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. The girls were looking to reach out into the community and so they decided to partner with Furnishing Options. It was great to work with such a kind and motivated group of young girls. Items were dropped off at the Collection Center at 66 Mechanic Street between the hours of 11:00AM and 3:00 PM.

“It was awesome to be able to partner with Furnishing Options for the collection’” stated Bonny Goldberg, Co Service Unit Coordinator, Marlborough Girl Scouts.  “The mission of Girl Scouts is to discover a need in your community, connect with others and to Take Action.  This partnership serves that mission and it was great to reach out into the Scout Community and finding both adults and girls that were willing to help out by volunteering and donating. I hope that we can continue to support this fabulous partnership.”

The drive was a great success and we managed to collect a wide range of kitchen items which we were able to give to families in need. In all we received 69 boxes and bags of goods and combined had almost 60 hours of volunteering.. And, Marlborough-based Stevie’s Eatery fed everyone! Furnishing Options works with the belief that having a fully furnished and functioning home contributes to a sense of dignity. Every pan is more than just a pan, every bowl more than just a bowl. Each item is a step toward recovery and a step toward having a beautiful home and a beautiful family.

Units of the Clubhouse and how they function

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The clubhouse is broken down into several different units, each with different goals and specialties. By breaking our services down into their respective groups, we can focus our resources more efficiently, so that we can provide our members with the resources they need to reach their goals. We derive a fair amount of our strength as a cohesive organization from our efforts to specialize our services. We believe that we can only provide the support our members enjoy when we give them an area to fully demonstrate their respective talents.

The following is a detailed description of our three units: 

P.O.W.E.R.

P.O.W.E.R. (Place of Wellness, Education, Employment and Recovery) focuses on young adult initiatives, employment services, goal planning, intake, guest and member services and related activities.  Members provide outreach to other members who have been inactive or have been making infrequent visits to the Clubhouse to show our support. We distribute greeting cards and make outreach phone calls to help remind people that our services are still available to them.

Another big factor to the unit is the Furnishing Options database.  Furnishing Options is a program created to help support the community by distributing free furniture and other household items to low-income individuals and families in the Metro West area and the P.O.W.E.R. unit leads the database for their services to track distributions, disposals, donations, etc.

Kitchen

Kitchen Services provides food services as well as catering for special functions. The kitchen also offers job training and other opportunities within the field of food services.  The Food Service Coordinator is someone with over three decades of kitchen experience.  This factor allows members the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge base from someone who understands the field.  Anyone interested in a career in the food service industry would be starting in a position that few others could experience given the amazing workspace and talent surrounding them. 

Operations

Operations handles many of the day-to-day activities of the Clubhouse.  Mass mailings, outreach, graphic arts, facilities management, wellness initiatives, agency inventory, transportation and related community-based services are all a part of their unit. The graphic arts department designs greeting cards, newsletters, business cards, meal cards and transportation materials. Operations concerns itself with the daily doings of the clubhouse, dealing with professional tasks, performing community outreach through various methods, as well as internal affairs concerning the clubhouse.

The clubhouse offers transportation in the morning and afternoons of every day that the clubhouse is open. We transport members to various appointments, to and from the clubhouse and for social activities. 

The responsibilities of this unit directly affect how smoothly the work ordered day progresses, as well as the clubhouse’s ability to provide for its members.