For All Seasons Rape Crisis Grows Outreach in the Community

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Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center and a Spanish Speaking Interpreter at For All Seasons.

The Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons provides crisis support to our Mid-Shore’s English and Spanish speaking women, men and children who have been impacted by trauma, rape, and sexual assault. The team of five full time staff members and eight after hours’ staff provide support and guidance through crisis intervention, counseling and education 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  According to Ivy Garcia, Director of the Rape Crisis Center, “Our numbers have grown dramatically since I started at the Center 10 years ago and our agency has continued to work to meet the needs of the community.”

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, (RAINN), every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.  Garcia comments that For All Seasons offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week crisis response services for victims of rape and sexual assault in five counties on the Mid Shore, offering both English and Spanish emergency hotlines for the community. She adds, “While we are meeting the needs of the Mid Shore community, we also know that there are still barriers to reporting rape and sexual assault.  We are working to break down the stigma. We have expanded our outreach – working with community agencies to share information about the services we provide so more people will utilize our Center.”

The team at For All Seasons is comprised of trauma-certified advocates who help survivors make the choice that is best for them. This includes ensuring that each survivor is aware of their options for care; believing the survivor’s account of the assault; providing support and listening without judgement; and serving as a support. Specifically, the Rape Crisis Center provides support as survivors receive medical care, legal support, and crisis counseling, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to Ivy Garcia, members of the Rape Crisis Center team include Lauren Kirby, Victim Advocate and Outreach Educator; Elizabeth Jaramillo, Regional Navigator for Human Trafficking; Alberto Ardaya, Victim Advocate and Spanish Speaking Interpreter; and Maria D’Arcy, Victim Advocate and Case Manager.

Victims of trauma, sexual assault and abuse are connected to the Rape Crisis Center through the agency’s Rape Crisis hotline, referrals in the community, or by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner teams at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Easton, Cambridge or Chestertown.

When working with victims at the hospital, Advocates provide a comfort kit which includes items such as a change of clothes, personal hygiene items, a notebook for journaling and emergency food, and provide a safety check for the victim returning home. For All Seasons provides hotel stays when necessary to ensure a victim’s safety. For All Seasons then provides follow-up with the victim to offer advocacy services, which can include crisis and long-term counseling, legal support, and connection to law enforcement.

Garcia adds, “We are a victim’s advocate throughout the entire process.  No one has to go through this alone.”

The English Hotline is 410-820-5600 or 1-800-310-7273. Para Español llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al 410-829-6143. For further information, visit forallseasonsinc.org.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018.

For All Seasons Receives Speer Grant

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For All Seasons recently received a $30,000 grant from The Speer Trust, an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, to support residents on the Mid Shore, including Kent County. The grant will help families to have access to mental health services regardless of their ability to pay and victims of rape and sexual assault to continue to receive a rapid support and advocacy response and have opportunities for ongoing mental health treatment.

According to Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, “Even with the Affordable Care Act, the reality is that co-payments have skyrocketed in the past several years and families cannot afford these co-payments for mental health care. We believe that families shouldn’t have to choose between food on the table and mental health care – families and communities are healthier and safer when everyone who needs mental health care gets it.”

Pictured L-R are Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, Pastor Sara Holben, Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, Inc.

One focus of the grant will be to reach out to the community, including the Chestertown Presbyterian Church, to ensure that everyone knows about mental health needs and sexual assault prevention and awareness activities. In addition, For All Seasons will also offer general education sessions on topics such as grief, attachment, trauma, and coping.

The Speer Trust is an Administrative Commission of the New Castle Presbytery, funding $6 million of programs in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of MD over the past 32 years and $8 million worldwide. The Speer Trust is a bequest from the estate of George I. And Lizzie F. Speer of Wilmington, Delaware, received by the Presbytery of New Castle in 1985 and earmarked for mission with people who are poor and oppressed. The Presbytery, through the use of the Speer Trust, is committed to empowering people who are marginalized, in every culture, and addressing root cause of poverty.

According to Bob Schminkey, Stated Clerk for New Castle Presbytery, “New Castle Presbytery is excited to partner with For All Seasons in supporting and expanding your mental health advocacy throughout the Eastern Shore. We look forward to our local congregations joining with you to build safe and healthy communities where health services are accessible to all.”

Langrell adds, “We are thrilled with the opportunity this grant provides in helping those who have entrusted us with their care to be empowered and nurtured on their journey to wellness.”

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273.

For All Seasons Appoints New Board Members

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For All Seasons has appointed three new board members: Marie DiDaniels of Easton, Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, and Leslie Sea of Chestertown.

Emily Sparks Lynn a native of Birmingham, Alabama and now a resident of Easton, is the Director of Marketing with Attraction Magazine, the “Good News Magazine” on the Eastern Shore. She was previously employed as the Development Officer with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. Lynn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Information Science with a focus on Public Relations from the University of Alabama. She is a board member and Co-Chair of the Grants Review Committee with Women & Girls Fund, a member of Tidewater Rotary, and previously served on the Talbot Chamber Young Professionals Board of Directors.

Leslie Sea of Chestertown, a business woman with a background in sales and marketing. She and her best friend Brian Moore own Hometown Multimedia, LLC/WCTR in Chestertown, a community-based broadcast medium that serves all levels of the community. Their goal is to give the station back to the community and give it a voice. Previously, she was employed by Acosta Sales and Marketing as an Area Manager and owned a small business, Dr. Freeze Frozen Delights. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management with a concentration on Sales and Marketing from DeVry University. She is currently a Family Support Group Facilitator for NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s and on the board of the Bayside HOYAS.

Pictured back row, L-R, are new board members of For All Seasons: Emily Sparks Lynn of Easton, Marie DiDaniels of Easton, and Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons. Seated front row is new board member Leslie Sea of Chestertown.

Marie DiDaniels of Easton is the Chief Human Resources Office at Shore Bancshares Inc. In this role she is responsible for all human resource functions of Shore Bancshares and its subsidiaries, Shore United Bank, Avon Dixon Insurance Agency, and Wye Financial & Trust. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rosemont College. DiDaniels has worked in a number of industries, for both small and large organizations, including Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Corporate Express, Genzyme Transgenics, and Westside Family Healthcare. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Eastern Shore SHRM. Previously, she served on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware.

Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, comments, “We are thrilled to have the expertise that these three new members bring to our board. They are dynamic leaders in their fields and connected to our communities in unique ways which will enhance our community partnerships moving forward.”

The following are the other board members on the For All Seasons Board. Phyllis Eleuthéra Ballantine of Easton has served on several community organizations. She is currently a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames – Delaware Chapter, the Patriotic Service Committee, the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, and Program Director of the Harbor Club of Easton. She volunteers with the Historical Society of Talbot County and the Classic Motor Museum. She has been a part of the Recovery Community for 14 years and Talbot Mentors. She previously worked for the National Space Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mount Vernon College.

Stuart “Mickey” Elsberg, has been a resident of Chestertown since 1997. He is a sales and marketing executive for EC Metro, a merchant bankcard (Visa and Mastercard) provider. A graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center, Elsberg is a member of the DC Bar and is a former consultant to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sultana Education Foundation, Inc., is a member of the Board of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, is Co-Chair of the Kent County Schools Junior Achievement, and serves on the Advisory Board of Rebuilding Together of Kent County. He was a founder of the Chestertown Havurah, Kent County’s Jewish community, and represents that group at the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association.

Diane Flagler of Easton is currently part owner of La de Da a women’s boutique in downtown Easton. She has worn many hats since moving to the Eastern Shore in 1971, including serving as office manager and assistant CFO of her husband’s OB/GYN Practice. In 2016, she was named Volunteer of the Year at For All Seasons. Her focus has always been on health, fitness, and helping others as she has participated in fundraising efforts for Special Olympics, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, and Talbot Friends of Hospice.

Andrea G. Lange, PhD, (President) of St. Michaels is currently serving as the Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Washington College. From 2007 to 2012 she was on the College’s Sociology Department faculty as an Associate Professor in Criminology, and thereafter, has held the post of Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in Administration of Justice and a PhD in Sociology and Criminology, both from American University. Dr. Lange has published in the fields of white collar criminology, the administration of justice, and juvenile delinquency, and regularly reviews books on human trafficking topics. She has served on the Board of Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, and is the current President of the Cove View Home Owners Association in St. Michaels, MD.

Pamela Cardullo Ortiz, Esq. of Chestertown is a currently Director of Access to Justice Department, Administrative Office of the Maryland Courts. Prior to that she was Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and Executive Director of the Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University of Law Center; a Master of Arts, Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School; and a Bachelor of Arts, History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has been a member of the Chestertown Planning & Zoning Commission, the Board of Directors of Imagination Alley, the Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel Bar Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Folk Music Society.

Deborah H. Walsworth of Easton (Treasurer) is a Managing Director and the Tax Practice Leader of the Easton office of CBIZ MHM LLC. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Pension Consultant (CPC). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Wilmington University and a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Baltimore. She is also a committee member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, the Memorial Hospital Foundation Planned Gifts Committee, and the Chesapeake Women’s Network of Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties.

Mary Witteman of Oxford has had a professional career that has included working in the field of Information Technology, as well as being a Real Estate Broker, Stock Broker, Publisher/Editor and writer for a small specialty magazine. She was also involved in gourmet foods, once having a cooking school. She previously lived in Richmond, VA and San Diego, CA, before settling in Oxford MD. She is an active board member of For All Seasons, a volunteer for Talbot Hospice, an active member of the Talbot Mentors, and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Oxford’s Volunteer Fire Department.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273.