WellLife Network Celebrates
World Mental Health Day

"This is a great day in many ways," exclaimed Patricia R., a resident of one of WellLife Network's 145 homes and apartments who gathered at Garden Hair & Beauty Salon in Forest Hills, NY to celebrate World Mental Health Day. "Today we are here at the hair salon with Leo, the owner, to relax and look amazing! I saw the photos of my friends who had a makeover here last year and they looked fantastic. We are proud to support one another," exclaimed Carmen G., a resident at one of WellLife Network's housing alternatives.  

 

Supporting Health, Education, Awareness, and Advocacy Against the Stigma of Mental Health Illness

World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on October 10th to highlight issues of global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against the social stigma of mental health illnesses. Treatment and support are available for those who need it—and the door to conversation must always remain open. For the individuals who had a makeover, the day was a time to relax and enjoy the feeling of being special. The Garden Hair & Beauty Salon donated 10% of its sales on October 10th to WellLife Network. Customers who participated on that day instantly received a profile of a family or individual whose life is being transformed by one of WellLife's mental health programs.

 

Leo, the principal of Garden Hair & Beauty Salon and a good friend of WellLife Network, examines a participant's hair to determine the best cut and style. 

Through WellLife Network's residential, day, care coordination, and vocational training programs, thousands of individuals learn to cope more effectively with their mental health issues while gaining greater independence. The project was initiated by Crystal John, Vice President, Behavioral Health Residential programs.

Pat R., a participant remarked, "We all face the angst of life, especially with the COVID virus that has plagued our community. Now we have one day to relax and get our hair in order and face revitalized. It feels and looks awesome."

Voila . . . "I feel beautiful and well. What a difference. Thanks for inviting me. Corrine, the makeup artist did an amazing job!", boasted Angelina G.

Honoring Traditions - Celebrating Differences

Makeover participants were treated to a healthy lunch. Each resident was encouraged to participate in a discussion that focused on how they feel and look after the makeover experience.

Fostering Communication and Trust

WellLife Network offers a broad range of behavioral health residential and other services to some 25,000 individuals and families each year who face mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use challenges. For further information on WellLife Network's Behavioral Health services click the button below. 

 

 

Special thanks to Thomas J. Grech, President, and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce, and his fifteen industrious volunteers. They transformed the WellLife's Maspeth residence into a beautiful retreat. The results were amazing!

 

107 Corporate and Staff Volunteers Change the Landscape at Homes and Facilities across New York and Long Island

 

“This is such a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community," exclaimed Patrick Solberg, CFA, Associate, HSBC, and President of WellLife's Associate Board. He was one of the 107 volunteers who gathered at 18 locations across New York City and Long Island to lend a hand to WellLife Network’s Project Volunteer Day on May 21. These energetic volunteers are accountants, managers, financial experts, sales reps, counselors, caseworkers, administrative assistants, and more. They are people who wanted to give back and gave freely of their time and some muscle power.
 

The volunteers had one common goal – to beautify the residences and facilities of WellLife Network through enhancing the landscape by planting flowers and vegetable gardens.

 

Sherry Tucker, CEO, WellLife Network, and the industrious staff of our Maspeth residence transformed an ordinary backyard into an awesome garden paradise! The staff remembered residents who have passed away with specially carved stones gracing two of the planters.

 

Corporate and Staff Volunteers Made the Difference

 

It was a sun-drenched day as our Well Life volunteers mulched, weeded, tilled the soil, planted hundreds of perennials, and spread an impressive 13,000 pounds of mulch at residences for individuals with special needs and mental health challenges! The results were amazing, and their efforts enhanced the agency’s residential sites and neighborhoods with 15 new vegetable gardens and 13 new raised beds.

 

We especially want to thank 15 special volunteers from The Queens Chamber of Commerce who gave selflessly of their time and energy and to Thomas J. Grech, President & Chief Executive Officer, who visited our Maspeth residence to greet and thank his volunteers. We also wish to thank Joanne Persad, Chief of Operations, Queens Chamber of Commerce, who organized the volunteers for WellLife. 

 

A special shout out to Emerald Lawn Care Services, Inc. who prepared the beds and manicured bushes and vegetation at several homes.

 

New annuals at the front entrance of our Beech Avenue residence in Flushing are beautiful and transform this WellLife home into a "standout" on the block.

 

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Supporting Health, Education, Awareness, and Advocacy Against the Stigma of Mental Health Illness

 

May is Mental Health Month. By reaching out to millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings, WellLife Network joins our partners in the health and human services field in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. Treatment and support are available for those who need it—and the door to "conversation" must always remain open.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help. WellLife Fosters Communication and Trust WellLife Network offers a broad range of behavioral health services, including residential, care coordination, and clinical treatment services to some 25,000 individuals and families each year who face mental health challenges. WellLife also offers a wide array of services for individuals in need of developmental disabilities services; vocational training; and substance use and gambling addiction services.

 

For further information on WellLife Network's Behavioral Health services click the button below.

WellLife Network BH Services

 

Mental Health Toolkit Promotes Wellbeing

 

Mental Health America, (MHA) a community-based nonprofit, is dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of individls. It has developed a Mental Health Toolkit that we would like to share with you. It is called Tools 2 Thrive, and it provides practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation.

 

The toolkit includes handouts on the following topics:

 

• Adapting after trauma and stress

• Dealing with anger and frustration

• Getting out of thinking traps

• Processing big changes

• Taking time for yourself

• Radical acceptance

 

DOWNLOAD TOOLS 2 THRIVE

 

"We salute our outstanding WellLife Network nurses who are on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are providing the highest level of quality and compassionate care to the people we serve." — Leonard White, RN, Director of Nursing

 

Today, May 6th is National Nurses Day. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurses and their contributions and commitments and also acknowledge the vital role they play in society.

 

An Integral Part of Our Frontline Healthcare Workers

 

WellLife Network nurses are an essential part of our first responders and other frontline healthcare and essential workers who are facing adversity with the COVID-19 pandemic every day. We laud and thank them with praise and recognition for their rising to the challenge and providing the highest level of quality care to the individuals we serve. Our nursing staff deserves special recognition for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while encompassing the principles of ethical practice in their profession.

 

As your Director of Nursing, I could not do my job as efficiently or effectively without your continued dedication and support. The entire Executive Staff joins me in thanking you for the devotion you provide to the people we serve.

 

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6-12, also known as National Nurses Day, and commemorates the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

 

March is Women’s History Month. It is also National Social Work Month. WellLife is proud of all of our staff, but we pay special tribute to our social workers who help the people who come to our doors solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. WellLife’s team of social workers confront some of the most challenging issues facing communities and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential.

 

To honor National Women’s History Month and National Social Work Month, we reflect on the life of Dr. Antonia Pantoja, a Latina social worker who, prior to her passing in 2012, was regarded as one of the most important leaders in the United States.

 

Antonia Pantoja was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1922. She moved to New York City in 1944 where she studied sociology at Hunter College before obtaining her master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work. In 1973, she received a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School. Shortly after, she joined the faculty of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University where she founded the Graduate School of Community Development, an institution that serves communities and neighborhoods throughout the nation.

 

During her career, Dr. Pantoja was involved in a variety of community and professional organizations, all working toward the goal of building stronger communities for marginalized people. These included the Ford Foundation, the National Urban Coalition, the Museo del Barrio, the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, to name a few. 

 

Dr. Pantoja was a charismatic and visionary leader. In 1997 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Clinton during a ceremony at the White House. In his speech, President Clinton praised her work as founder of ASPIRA, an organization that promotes cultural pride, education, leadership training and community service for Latino youth. He also recognized her role in founding the National Puerto Rico Forum and Boricua College.

 

“Peace and respect – these are the values that define the work of Antonia Pantoja” Clinton said in presenting the award. “Her contributions to her people and, therefore, our country are unsurpassed,” he added, calling Pantoja “the most respected and loved member of the Puerto Rican community.” “The impact of her work and her contributions to our community has had reverberations so profound and so broad that for generations to come, she will continue to be an inspiration for young Puerto Ricans,” declared then NASW Executive Director Josephine Nieves at a reception following the presentation.

 

We thank Dr. Pantoja who serves as an inspiration and all of WellLife’s social workers for the outstanding job they perform each and every day to help individuals and families achieve their life’s goals of health and wellness for life.

World Day of Social Justice World Day of Social Justice is observed every year on February 20 to encourage people to see how social justice affects poverty eradication. The main aim of this day is to achieve full employment and support for social integration. This day tackle issues like poverty, exclusion, and unemployment.

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

Since our inception, WellLife Network has been a beacon of hope for New Yorkers in need, empowering individuals and families with diverse needs to realize their full potential for achieving independence, health, and wellness. As we reflect of on the events of 2020, two things are clear: 1) Our team of dedicated, resourceful, and compassionate individuals is capable of overcoming any challenge that confronts them; and 2) Our programs have never been more important to the people we serve.

 

WellLife Network emerged from 2020 stronger and better equipped to achieve its mission. The dedication of our team has allowed us to respond to dire straits that people in our communities are facing. Highlights of our impact include:

 

  • 1,175 New Yorkers were supported in maintaining a warm, nurturing environment to call home who through WellLife Network Behavioral Health Residential Services.
  • 707 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities received residential, family support, day and community habilitation and entitlement and eligibility services.
  • 454 families coping with children with serious mental health issues were strengthened and moved from crisis to stability.
  • 5,500 packages of food where provide to individuals and families affected by COVID.

 

These numbers are only part of the story. In addition to the thousands of lives we directly touch, the impact of our work is felt by their family, friends, and the communities at large. Now, as we enter year two of a global pandemic, the people we serve need us more than ever.

 

Turning the Corner on COVID-19

 

It is a new year, and hope is on the horizon. The advent of two highly effective COVID vaccines brings promise of turning the tides on this life-altering virus. With the flood of conflicting information, however, anxiety about the vaccine is unavoidable.

Acceptance of vaccines is our first step toward putting the devastation of COVID-19 behind us and getting on path toward recovery. We understand that this is an uphill battle for many, and are committed to being a leader in dispelling myths and helping our community better understand that true nature of this vaccine. It is only through open and honest communication that our staff and clients will be able to make an informed decision, based on fact, about taking the vaccine.

 

 

The Great American Smokeout® Day.

Join millions of other smokers and do not smoke for the day. Support your friends and family who are trying to quit smoking. #GreatAmericanSmokeout 

For more information visit https://www.cancer.org/smokeout 

 

WellLife Network earned a 2020 Top Workplaces honor from Newsday in the mid-sized company category of Long Island health care providers. The award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects, including workplace culture, alignment, execution, and connection."

 

WellLife Network Supports A Culture of Employee Engagement

Top Workplaces is more than just recognition," said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. "Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement."

 

"Earning the Top Workplace award makes everyone at WellLife very proud.," said Sherry Tucker, CEO, WellLife Network. "We are so gratified that this top honor is the result of our Long Island employee’s opinions about our workplace culture. During the extreme challenges of COVID-19, our staff members continue to provide high quality, compassionate, and person-centered services.”

 

One staff member said, “Working for WellLife Network is like working for an extended family. The management takes a true interest in its staff. They are ethical, respectful, and appreciative of our hard work and commitment."

 

Investment in Staff Makes the Difference

WellLife Network stands out as a company that builds a culture of caring, commitment, and extraordinary generosity towards its employees and the broader community. Ratings also took into account WellLife Network's employee benefits, community involvement, caring relationships among staff, exceptional investment in employee development, encouragement of work/life balance, innovative leadership initiatives, family-friendly options, special programs recognizing veterans, and more. 

 

"We are committed to continuing our investment in staff, their training, and well being," said Aldkida Jones, Vice President of Human Resources. "WellLife Network is a great place to work and develop a career. We  foster caring relationships among people and that helps us to be more effective in changing the lives of the more than 25,000 individuals and families we serve each year."

 

About WellLife Network

WellLife Network, a health and human services non-profit, offers its broad array of services throughout New York City and Long Island. It provides services to adults and children with mental illness and intellectual/ developmental disabilities; counsels and coordinates services for children recovering from sexual trauma and mental health challenges; offers substance use recovery and prevention services, and trains and finds employment opportunities for individuals seeking to reenter the workforce. WellLife Network is also one of the largest regional providers of residential services in New York.

 

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.

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