A Picnic Unlike Any Other


This September, nearly 50 supportive housing clients gathered at Cox Point Park for a very special picnic.

Clients brought their dance moves, their fishing skills and a little competitive spirit, too. But mostly, they gathered to connect with each other and with our staff.

This ninth annual picnic—brainchild of our Supportive Housing department—creates a unique space  for clients and staff to come together outside of our clinic walls. "The antidote to depression is connection,” says Director of Housing Services Lawanda Williams. “And these events are critical to helping people feel connected. Our clients are so much more than the challenges they face. It was such a joy to see them so happy and carefree."

Clients sang on the bus ride to the park where Case Manager Kyle Berkley and Lead Therapist Case Manager Darrin Coley eagerly took on the role of co-grill masters. Meanwhile, people put on their game faces with Jenga, cornhole and cards, while others took quiet moments under shaded trees to catch up with old friends.

According to Supportive Housing Coordinator Kim Ripoelle, "The picnic is a day where all of the stress and trauma our clients deal with day-to-day fades away, and they can just relax.  The energy is light and fun in a way that it really can’t be here inside the clinic. It’s a wonderful and beautiful escape, for all of us!"

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