Counseling and Social Services

Rosemary Vassallo is our full-time Registered Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has many years experience as a Mental Health Professional with extensive clinical, administrative and supervisory responsibilities. Rosemary has experience working as an individual, family and group counselor and is really looking forward to working with Irish emigrants and the local community here in Yonkers.

HEALTH CARE & BENEFITS
We also offer assistance with applications for benefits and entitlements such and Unemployment Benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and Public Assistance, Pre-Natal Care Assistance Program etc. If we do not know the answer rest assured that we will work to the best of our ability in order to assist you effectively. Assistance is provided with health insurance issues including Medicaid application forms, and referrals. We will also assist with emergency medical situations.

Please drop into the center or contact us by phone or e-mail for a current list of doctors, dentists, hospitals and other medical facilities in the Yonkers/Woodlawn area.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
The weekly open AA meeting (Betterway Group) takes place at the center every Sunday morning at 10:00am. For other meetings throughout New York, go to www.ny-aa.org .

For information on other support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous, and meeting locations please contact the social worker at the center.

PREVENTATIVE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
Programs include a health and wellness campaign in the Irish/Irish American community and a suicide prevention program targeted at the entire community. Throughout the winter season, monthly workshops on various mental health issues take place at the center. Topics recently discussed in an open forum include depression, domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependency, and suicide. Please check our News & Events section regularly for upcoming workshops.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELL-BEING
Several classes for the mental and physical wellbeing of people of all ages who are living or working in the community are held at the center. We offer classes in Yoga, Chair Yoga for seniors, Yoga and Journaling for Teenagers, Yoga for Preschoolers, Boot Camp and Karate (for KIDS). Check the Weekly Schedule for days/times of the various classes.

MEDITATION AND HEALING WORKSHOPS
This year, we introdcued meditation and healing workshops to our schedule. Based on feedback from people in the community, we realized there was a need for this as so many people are searching for an alternate way to learn and use coping skills during stressful times in their life. The objectives of these meditation/healing workshops were that:

  • Learn basic meditation skills needed for today's busy and hectic lifestyles, so you can release all forms of mind chatter that can cause stress within the body.
  • Learn how to communicate with your Angelic Beings and Holy Guides, so we can better hear our intuition regarding our health, unbalances from our daily stressful situations in the home our workplace and energetic environment of the earth.
  • Learn how to move old stuck negative emotions and energy from your mind and body.
  • Allowing your body and mind to discover inner freedom and happiness to allow ourselves to come to a sense of oneness with life.

These workshops were a tremendous success and will continue in the New Year.

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP
The parent & toddler group meets every Tuesday morning @ 9:30am. We have toys, books, crayons, etc for the children to play with and keep themselves entertained while the parents can relax and get to know each other. It is a great opportunity for mothers from the local community to socialize. New mothers & toddlers are always welcome to come along. Santa Claus visits the children here at the center every Christmas with gifts, while the Easter Bunny calls to see them at Easter.

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