The Writer Within: Meet Lagos Peer Recovery Coach and poet, Lydia Theon Ware i

The Writer Within: Meet Lagos Peer Recovery Coach and poet, Lydia Theon Ware i

To kick off Mental Health Month, we are thrilled to highlight the writing of a Peer Recovery Coach at Telecare Lagos, Lydia Theon Ware i. Lydia recently published a piece in the Press-Enterprise titled, “Poetry has the power to defeat depression.” Read more about Lydia’s writing pursuits inside this post!

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McCall Madriago, a Staff Member at ؼ SOAR, is Headed for the Deaflympics in Brazil!

McCall Madriago, a Staff Member at ؼ SOAR, is Headed for the Deaflympics in Brazil!

The Deaflympics is an international sporting event for deaf athletes that has a long and storied history dating back to 1924. McCall Madriago, a Personal Service Coordinator at Telecare SOAR, is headed to Brazil next month to represent the USA at the Deaflympics. We are so proud of McCall and all the hard work she has put in over the years to accomplish this!

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Telecare CORE and FACT Celebrate Social Work Month!

Telecare CORE and FACT Celebrate Social Work Month!

Social Work Month was initially introduced in 1963 by the National Association of Social Workers. It was formally recognized in 1984 by the United States government. This year's theme, chosen by the National Association of Social Workers, is The Time is Right for Social Work, to educate the public about social workers' fantastic work.

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And the Winner Is... The Morties!

This year, in honor of our 50th anniversary, we invited all of our programs to share their stories of recovery, values, and inspiration. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the programs who put their time, effort, and love into this contest. Take a look at the videos below to see who will be bringing home The Morty, an award created in honor of Anne Bakar's father and one ofؼ founders, Morton Bakar!

Recovery Stories: Morton Bakar Center

Telecare staff and members of our inpatient program in Hayward, California, share what recovery means to them and what they are most proud of in their life and work.

Living Our Values: CHANGES

Our community-based program in East Oakland showed their heart, spirit, and all the unique ways they are incorporating the Telecare values and Evidence Based Practices to improve the lives of the members they serve.

Inspiration: WIT

Telecare members and staff in our court-ordered program in Orange County share their stories of making it through hardship and give words of hope and encouragement to those on their own recovery journey.

La Paz Veteran’s Day Recognition

Happy Veteran’s Day to our special LVN Malcolm Edrada. Malcolm served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years as an Engineering Mate. He served on five deployments to the Western Pacific areas such as Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia– just to name a few.

One of his greatest accomplishments was when Malcolm was awarded an ESWS pin. This pin is a surface warfare insignia that is a military badge of the U.S. Navy and issued to personnel who are trained and qualified to perform duties aboard surface warships.

When Malcolm was in San Diego, he was “volun-told” to join the Naval Security Force, also known as the Naval Law Enforcement, and he shined. They recognized his talents and Malcom graduated with honors out of a class of about 50 students. Malcolm had an average of 97.5%.

When Malcolm left the U.S. Navy he took about a year off until he decided to become a nurse — LVN.  In January, Malcolm will have worked four years with us. We are honored to have such a kind, courageous, and patient man working with us. Malcolm is the epitome of a great nurse.

Happy Veteran’s Day to Malcolm and all the men and women that serve our country, past, present and future.We are deeply grateful for your service!

Middle School Students Visit With Garfield NBC

Submitted by: Teresa E. Thomas
Clinical Director of Garfield Neurobehavioral Center

For the past two years, has partnered with a local middle school in East Oakland to bring in entertainment for the residents. These middle school students read poetry, play piano, sing, show art work and write personalized letters to our residents. Garfield staff speak with the students about healthcare careers and working with people with mental illness.

“Dear all amazing staff members of GNC,

I just want to say thank you all so much for letting me enter your workspace and the resident’s home. The field trip was such a cool and fun thing I never thought I would do. Some things I learned was that people that have disabilities, disorders, illnesses, etc…can be funny like Robert Y, David, etc…they can have fun, and they are super cool people. Another thing I learned was that the residents don’t stay home all day. They get to go out to the A’s game, they’re fed well, they’re taken care of, and they’re cared about by everyone. One thing I loved while we were at GNC, was when I talked to Robert Y. He is a very cool person! Another thing I loved was when David was dancing to a song. I loved it. I will never forget about this amazing and fun trip. This trip is definitely the highlight of middle school. Thank you all again for welcoming me. I loved it!”

Trouble Cafe is a Haven for Recovery

As National Recovery Month comes to a close we bring you a story about $4 toast. Nuzzled in the foggy depths of San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood lies Trouble, a tiny little coffee shop known for its quirky menu of limited length and not a lot of flexibility. Two of Trouble's most famous items-coconut water straight from a coconut and a slice of $4 cinnamon toast-might be easy to write off as an artisanal food craze out to get our money, but look behind the price tag and one will find, using these items to find (and own) her path to recovery after many years of living with undiagnosed schizoaffective disorder.

"At bottom, Carrelli says, Trouble is a tool for keeping her alive. 'I'm trying to stay connected to the self,' she says. Like one of her old notebooks, the shop has become an externalized set of reference points, an index of Carrelli's identity. It is her greatest source of dependable routine and her most powerful means of expanding her network of friends and acquaintances, which extends now to the shop's entire clientele."