We are excited about a new initiative that we will launch in 2017—the Samaritan Counseling Center Advisory Council. While we presently have an active Board of Directors, we are seeking additional input from the community at large.
In early 2017, the Samaritan Counseling Center of Western New York will offer two one day seminars to help congregations, clergy and families deal with the effects of opiate addiction. The seminars have been funded through a grant from the Lutheran Church Extension Society.
Going through tough times is part of life. We all do it…but we don’t have to do it alone. Even though we are well into 2016, there is still a stigma about counseling despite its countless benefits.
One of the areas that we have become more involved in during the past few years is working with members of the military and their families. The sheer volume of returning soldiers stresses the support networks in place, as you may have seen in various news reports. Veterans wait for months for medical care…just imagine how long they wait for any other type of care.