“I got you this plant hoping that every day you look at it you understand how important you are in my life…You took the time to talk to me. You even called me at home to see how I was doing. I am so grateful.…When you have people in your life that care about you, you don’t mess with it. Thank you.”
This is a portion of a letter from a very grateful patient to one of our practitioner’s. He is partially blind but painstakingly took the time to write out this two-page letter because of the importance of his relationship to the Center.
The plant - a living, thriving thing of beauty - and his implied question - do you understand how important you are in my life - are a profound message for all of us who work at and support St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.
Let me share with you some of the things you make possible. On a weekly basis the Center receives close to 50 calls from individuals seeking health care or mental health services. These are people new to us, who may or may not be eligible for public insurance products, but do not know how to access health care or the system that is currently set up to assist them.
Everyone is listened to, assessed for insurance eligibility and placed in a health care situation. We are trying to trend ahead of the Affordable Care Act so that we are serving the best interests of our patients now and going forward.
Dental residents from Rochester General Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Tony Lister, come to the Center Tuesday evenings to give the full range of dental care to our patients, especially diabetic patients for whom oral health is crucial to maintaining their overall health.
St. Joseph’s is a primary site in the region for the practice of and training in Narrative Therapy. Narrative Therapy is an alternative to traditional psychotherapy. It transforms the power differential between the client and therapist and exposes social factors which may contribute to behavioral disorders.
Women On The Move and Women’s Self Esteem are two programs that have assisted hundreds of women in moving along the growth continuum towards economic and personal sustainable, self-sufficiency.
St. Joseph’s staff provides supervision at a Master’s or licensure level for eight counseling program areas in the Rochester area. Approximately thirty long term students and eighty short term students are mentored annually.
None of the patients and clients who are served would be served without you. None of the activities planned everyday would be possible without you. None of our future plans and programs could be envisioned without your support. That is why the question at the end is the same as at the beginning - Do you understand how important you are to the Center? To the lives of those we serve? It is a profound question to us. Thank you for the sacrifice and investment you make in the community by your investment in St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.
–Christine Wagner, SSJ