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INSPIRING BETTER TOMORROWS
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Family Service Society, Inc. is proud to
premiere the rst edion of our Inspiring
Beer Tomorrows newsleer.
Our newsleer will be a bi-monthly mix-
ture of agency news, upcoming events, and
arcles on the importance of posive men-
tal health.
The name for our newsleer comes from
our 100th anniversary theme - “100 Years
of Inspiring Beer Tomorrows.Since
1918, our agency has proudly striven to
meet the mental health and social needs of
our community. We hope this newsleer is
another way that we can reach out and
touch our community in a posive way.
Welcome to Family Service Society, Inc.’s first newsletter. We are ex-
cited to be celebrating our 100 year anniversary with you! We hope to
provide you with a bit of our history as well as news about our cur-
rent programs and upcoming events that couldn’t be done without
your support.
The initial idea for Family Service Society began in 1909, nine years
before the agency became incorporated, by a small group of con-
cerned community members who wanted to find an effective way to
respond to the deadly tuberculosis epidemic of that time. They soon
learned that the risk of contracting tuberculosis was related to a num-
ber of social problems. Issues such as inadequate child care, food in-
security, unemployment and lack of access to quality, affordable
healthcare all contributed to the spread of the disease. The agency
was started to support children and families in their recovery from the
illness and to prevent future outbreaks by addressing the social ills
that contributed to it. Their reach grew and by 1913, they encouraged
enforcement of child labor laws, developed programs to reduce in-
fant mortality and were instrumental in getting a school nurse and
dental program in the local school district.
We continue to meet the most pressing needs of our community.
Today, Steuben County, like many places in America, is facing a dead-
ly opioid crisis similar to the tuberculosis epidemic experienced 100
years ago. One way we have responded to this crisis is by reaching
more children with the skills and information they need to prevent
future substance use in our prevention education program.
On Monday, April 16
th
, we will be hosting a free community presenta-
tion by Dr. Daniel Jacobs, a renowned expert on family mental health
and substance use prevention and treatment, at the Corning-Painted
Post High School Auditorium. Dr. Jacobs will be speaking from
6:00pm to 7:30pm on the important role of the community, school
and family in combating the current crisis. We hope you are able to
join us.
Please also take a look at our first ever annual report (CLICK HERE
FOR A LINK TO OUR ANNUAL REPORT) describing the accomplish-
ments of the many programs and services you support in 2017.
Sincerely,
Harmony Ayers-Friedlander MPA, MA, LMHC
Executive Director
100 YEARS OF INSPIRING BETTER TOMORROWS
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of Depression related to a
change in seasons. Symptoms usually begin in the fall and can contin-
ue throughout the colder, darker winter months.
There are lifestyle changes and at-home treatment approaches to Sea-
sonal Affective Disorder. Artificial light or light therapy may reduce
symptoms of SAD. Light therapy consists of exposure to light that
mimics sunlight. By sitting or working near a device called a light ther-
apy box, your symptoms of SAD can be reduced. You can search for a
variety of light therapy boxes and dawn simulators online through
sites such as Amazon. Have your Vitamin D checked. Many in our re-
gion have low levels of Vitamin D which may exacerbate some symp-
toms of SAD. Consult with your doctor and if necessary, start a Vita-
min D supplement. Soak up the sun when you can, brave the cold and
take a brisk walk or even just step outside and take a few deep
breaths. If the thought of going out in the cold leaves you shivering,
open the curtains and let the light in.
Don’t forget to focus on the basics: exercise, eat healthy and ensure
you are getting enough sleep as these are all critical in reducing
symptoms of SAD. Schedule something to look forward to, this could
be a meeting to catch up with a friend or if you have the means, win-
ter is a great time to take a vacation, preferably to a place warmer and
sunnier than here.
If symptoms of SAD are impacting your ability to function despite ef-
forts noted above, schedule an appointment with a mental health pro-
fessional or your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
FEELING SAD THIS WINTER?
It could be Seasonal Affective Disorder
Symptoms of SAD identified
by the Mayo Clinic include:
Feeling depressed most of
the day, nearly every day
Losing interest in activities
you once enjoyed
Having low energy
Having problems with sleep-
ing
Feeling sluggish or agitated
Having difficulty concentrat-
ing
Feeling hopeless, worthless
or guilty
Experiencing changes in
your appetite or weight
Having frequent thoughts of
death or suicide
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RECOMMENDED APP OF THE MONTH
MoodTools is a free self-help app for those struggling with depres-
sion. The app has a number of features, including a depression ques-
tionnaire, thought diary, suicide safety plan and even meditation
guides. The app also features psychoeducation on treatment ap-
proaches to depression.
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TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
Becoming More Aware of Teen Dating Violence
FAMILY SERVICE SOCIETY’S
COUNSELING SERVICES
Family Service Society, Inc.’s
Counseling Services program
provides high quality, affordable
services for adults, children, and
families. We compassionately come
alongside those we serve to support
and empower them. We work
tirelessly to identify and grow
personal strengths through our
person-centered approach.
We can provide individual, family,
and marital/couples counseling
based on the counselor’s
assessment of needs. Play and art
therapy techniques are used with
children and adolescents. We
specialize in cultivating resiliency
in families, children, and adults
impacted by trauma.
We tailor our interventions to
meet client needs and create an
individualized treatment plan for
every person we serve.
We offer day and evening
appointments in three
convenient office locations:
*280 Princeton Ave. Ext., Corning, NY*
*104 E. Steuben St., Bath, NY*
*101 Main St., Hornell, NY*
To schedule your counseling
appointment or to ask more
questions about our program, please
contact our Intake Specialist today:
607-962-3148
Now accepting Child Health Plus
and Fidelis insurances
Family Service Society, Inc. provides free counseling to victims
of domestic violence and facilitates a domestic violence program
for men who batter. Please contact us at 607-962-3148 for more
information
Teen Dating Violence Month (held in February of each year) is
a national effort to raise awareness of dating violence among
teens and young adults. Loveisrespect.org is a phenomenal
website that equips teens and young adults with countless re-
sources related to preventing abuse in relationships and em-
powering them to put an end to abusive relationships. The site
also features a free and confidential 24/7 crisis line. Text and
chat are also available.
Below you will find links connected to specific areas of focus
relating to teen dating violence, these are contained within
Loveisrespect.org:
Getting Help for Yourself
Safety Planning
Help My Child
Legal Help
Abusive LGBTQ Relationships
Printable Quizzes
According to Loveisrespect.org, one in three teens will experi-
ence emotional, physical or sexual abuse from their dating
partner. Although we may not think this is a concern in our
society, the statistics are startling and certainly teen dating vi-
olence is something we should all have an increased aware-
ness and understanding of. Please share these resources with
any whom you think may benefit from them.
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JOIN US!!!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Southern Tiers
2018 Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Sunday, March 25, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm & 2:30-4:30 pm
Crystal Lanes, Corning, NY
Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) isn’t about the bowling- it’s about the kids. Whether you have never
bowled or are a high scorer, BFKS is about having fun and raising money for our local programs.
What is Bowl for Kids’ Sake?
Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s largest fundraising event.
Teams of 5 commit to solicit funds (minimum of $60 per bowler) from friends, family members, and co-
workers to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Southern Tier’s local mentoring programs.
A fun and exciting way to spend the day with friends, all while supporting local youth.
Why Bowl for Kids’ Sake?
A terrific way to have fun with friends, family members or co-workers.
A great opportunity to promote teambuilding amongst co-workers.
The top 3 teams from the combined morning and afternoon events will win exciting grand prizes!
The more you raise the more you get! Bowlers who raise $300 or more qualify for individual prizes!
All funds are used locally to support our mentoring programs in Allegany, Chemung, and Steuben counties.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION
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BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIG.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Southern Tier is a site-based mentoring program that meets
once a week, for one hour, at designated locations. During this hour, "Bigs" and "Littles" participate in
supervised activities that focus on, but are not limited to, team building, community service, educa-
tion, creativity, and more!
Adult volunteers, "Bigs," are necessary in order for
us to provide our mentoring services.
For more information, call (607) 936-3507 or email
buttona@familyservicesociety.org
“Bigs” and “Littles” recently made
blankets that were donated to
Pathways, Inc. for their Traumatic
Brain Injury and Nursing Home
Transition and Diversion Pro-
grams.
BIGS & LITTLES GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
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THE LAURA RICHARDSON HOUGHTON CORING
YOUTH CENTER - A COMMUNITY EFFORT
The Laura Richardson Houghton Corning Youth Center is truly a community effort. In addition to a dedicated
staff and Board of Directors, the Center is supported both monetarily and time-wise by many community mem-
bers. The recent 2017 holiday season was a perfect demonstration of this. Below you will find a variety of pic-
tures showcasing some of our favorite moments with community donors and volunteers during the 2017 holi-
day season.
Kenzie Spaulding from the Corning Police Department helps serve at the Youth
Center Holiday Party
Corning, Inc.s HR Talent Management team delivers an abundance of holiday
cheer to the Corning Youth Center. Team members include Steve Sovik, Amy
Friend, Hank Jonas, Todd Stout, Jen McEwen, Carol Stone, Johanna Giglio,
Eric Elder, Diane Card, Ann Costello-McLeann, and Rebecca Nelson.
Richard Pope, Councilman Frank Muccini, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano serve
dinner at the Youth Center Thanksgiving Dinner celebraon.
Corning police ocers share good mes with the children at the Youth Center
Holiday Party.
The Laura Richardson Houghton Corning Youth Center is a free aer-school drop-in facility for children and teens ages 8 to 18. The Youth
Center oers a safe, nurturing atmosphere with acvies such as recreaonal games, eld trips, arts & cras, tutoring, community service,
board games, pool, ping pong and educaonal forums. The Kids Café provides hungry children with over 19,000 free snacks and nutrious
meals each year.
The Center is located at 79 Flint Ave. in Corning, NY. Please call 607-936-4116 for more informaon.
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ROBOTICS CLUB AT THE LAURA RICHARDSON
HOUGHTON CORING YOUTH CENTER
Under the direction of high school senior Joshua Kartzman and his fellow First Tech Challenge Robotics team
mates, the Robotics Club at the Youth Center has flourished. These young men spent many hours at the
Youth Center helping the young participants construct their own robots and teaching them about electronics
and programming. Joshua and his team mates have helped instill a love of STEM activities in many of these
Youth Center participants.
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Family Service Society, Inc.'s Professional Training Institute has been providing quality continuing education opportunities for
22 years and has trained thousands of human service, social work, and counseling professionals.
Family Service Society, Inc. is an approved continuing education provider for NY Social Workers, Creative Arts Therapists, Mar-
riage & Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors. Family Service Society is also approved to provide continuing educa-
tion through NYS OASAS and NBCC.
UPCOMING SPRING 2018 EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS
Friday, March 23, 2018
The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Helping Clients to Worry Less and Live More
Presenter: Susan M. Orsillo, Ph.D.
9:00am-4:00pm (6.0 contact hours) - Location: Corning Country Club
Cost: $119/person (includes lunch)
DOWNLOAD BROCHURE or REGISTER ONLINE
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Trying to Stop Opioid Addiction Before It Happens: Addressing Transgenerational Substance Abuse at the Youth and
Family Levels
Presenter: Daniel Jacobs, Ed.M., Psy.D., MBA
9:00am-4:00pm (6.0 contact hours) - Location: Corning Country Club
Cost: $119/person (includes lunch)
DOWNLOAD BROCHURE or REGISTER ONLINE
Friday, April 27, 2018
Healing from Trauma Exposure: A Journey of Self-Care, Self-Reflection and Self-Compassion
Presenter: Renae Carapella-Johnson, LMHC, NCC
9:00am-11:00am (2.0 Contact Hours) - Location: Family Service Society, 280 Princeton Ave. Ext., Corning, NY
Cost: $35/person (includes coffee, juice, and donuts)
DOWNLOAD FLYER or REGISTER ONLINE
Friday, May 4, 2018
Talking Gay… Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex: A Primer for Those in Counseling and
the Human Services
Presenter: Dr. Edward A. Mainzer, LMHC
9:00am-11:00am (2.0 contact hours) - Location: Family Service Society, 280 Princeton Ave. Ext., Corning, NY
Cost: $35/person (includes coffee, juice, and donuts)
DOWNLOAD FLYER or REGISTER ONLINE
Friday, May 18, 2018
How to Be Angry: Teaching Kids to Recognize Self-Destructive Anger Styles and Practice Assertive Self-Expression
Presenter: Signe Whitson, LSW, C-SSWS
9:00am-4:00pm (6.0 contact hours) - Location: Corning Country Club
Cost: $119/person (includes lunch)
BROCHURE AVAILABLE SOON
DOWNLOAD FLYER or REGISTER ONLINE
CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE TRAINING SCHEDULE
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SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Indian Hills Golf Course, Painted Post, NY
Family Service Society, Inc.
280 Princeton Ave. Ext.
Corning, NY 14830
607-962-3148
Visit our website at
www.familyservicesociety.org
The ower that blooms in adversity
is the most rare and beauful of all.
Mulan