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With generous support from WSFS bank, Easterseals will be hosting Caregiver Workshops each month in New Castle and Sussex counties!

Come grab a snack, meet other caregivers, and learn some tools to help hone your skills as a caregiver.

WHERE

New Castle: 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle DE 19720 Large Conference Room (Entrance 2)
Sussex: 22317 DuPont Blvd, Georgetown DE 19947 Large Conference Room (1st floor)

WHEN

Each Month 10:00 am-11:30 am
New Castle: Third Wednesday

Can’t make it in person? Go to www.facebook.com/EastersealsDE to watch this presentation on Facebook live!
You can ask your questions and interact with us there.

Sussex: Third Thursday

Workshops are free, but registration is required.

Please call (302) 221-2087 or email resources@esdel.org to register.

Anya Taylor
Community Outreach Assistant
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore
O: 302-221-2087

Caregiver Workshops
Caregiver Workshop Descriptions

If you are applying to any position on usajobs.gov, take the time to attend this excellent workshop to learn how to navigate the federal application process, create a winning resume and become the BEST QUALIFIED applicant.

DOVER

FRIDAY, February 22, 2019
1:00pm to 4:00pm

DE Dept of Labor offices
Blue Hen Corporate Center
655 S. Bay Rd., Suite 2H
Dover, DE 19901

RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY!
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!
Limited to 24 seats. Open to all.

To Sign Up contact Kevin Gunning — When you contact KEVIN by phone or e-mail make sure you leave a clear message with your name and phone number so he can call back with further instruction, parking details, and registration info:

(302) 857-5870 or email
Kevin.Gunning@state.de.us

2019-02-22 Federal Resume Workshop

Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program is a Premier Accredited Program with  Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship. We are a Maryland Horse Discovery Center as well as a Maryland Farm Based Education Center. Our lead instructor/executive director won the Region 2 PATH Credentialed Professional of the Year Award. To mention only a few of  our acknowledgements.

Freedom Hills TRP was the second program in the United States to offer Equine Facilitated Learning to Veterans. We started back in 1982.

Services include:

  • We offer individualized programs for people who happen to have mental,
    physical and or emotional difficulties.
  • For groups of two or more we offer the Equus Effect. It is a five week
    program where we meet for three hours once a week.
  • We work on mental agility, body awareness and Natural Horsemanship. Our
    mental health professional can meet with Veterans on an individual basis.
    Veterans can sign up for riding lessons where they learn the basics to
    horseback riding followed by the enjoyment of trail rides. We prefer the
    Veterans go through the Equus Effect program first but it is not necessary.
    Our Military Drill Team has performed at the Fair Hill International, The MD
    Million and the MD State Fair.

Should you like to compete, our Veterans compete at the MD State Fair as well as other competitions on the East Coast.

We love volunteers and have found that our Military Veterans are some of our best volunteers.

Most of our sessions are covered by scholarships and grants. We do take many types of insurance when working with our mental health professional.If you qualify for Wounded Warriors we also have grant money for care givers as well as your children.

We love working with Vet Centers as well as Veteran Hospitals Despite the cold, we offer sessions year round.

POC:
Renee S. Dixon
Executive Director
Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program
33 Rolling Hills Ranch Lane
Port Deposit, MD 21904
renee.dixon7669@gmail.com

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Monthly Caregiver Workshops

Beginning January 16, 2019

Each month, in New Castle and Sussex Counties, Easterseals will be hosting Caregiver Workshops – mark your calendars now! Easterseals’ Monthly Caregiver Workshops are a great way to learn about topics that are important to caregivers and their families.

The workshops will be held at Easterseals:

61 Corporate Circle
New Castle DE, 19720
Large Conference Room (Entrance 2)
Every Third Wednesday
10:00 am-11:30 am

22317 DuPont Blvd
Georgetown, DE 19947
Large Conference Room (1st floor)
Every Third Thursday
10:00 am-11:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up:

January – “Make Planning for Yourself a Priority”

The New Year brings with it the fresh list of resolutions-make planning for YOU one of them! Joan Sharp, CFP, MSFS, a Registered Life Planner who presented at our Caregiver Conference in August, will join us to conduct an interactive workshop to help you plan so that you become a stronger, healthier caregiver to your loved ones this year.

February – “Hospice: It’s More Than You Think”

Roxanne Couzens, MSW from Delaware Hospice, will lead a discussion about hospice services. Many people don’t know what hospice is, when to get hospice involved, and who pays for hospice services. Roxanne’s workshop will help you better understand hospice services in Delaware.

March – “Think First to Prevent Falls”

Kathy Boyer, MSN, RN from Christiana Hospital will present the first in a series of four workshops on fall prevention. Falls are a leading cause of injury, and if YOU, the caregiver fall and injure yourself, who will take care of your loved one? Kathy will get you thinking about how to prevent falls in and around your home for both your loved one and YOU.

Please call 302-221-2087 or email resources@esdel.org to learn more.

Contact for questions:
Anya Taylor
Community Outreach Assistant
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore
O: 302-221-2087

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Change the world; influence a life one youth at a time!

SEEKING MENTORS

The Youth ChalleNGe (YC) program provides a second-chance opportunity to Delaware at-risk youth. Now entering its 5th session partnered with the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy, the DNG YC program has been able to successfully assist and graduate 44 Cadets. Our Cadets have moved on to pursue higher education, seek employment, and some have joined the military. Mentor/Mentee relationships are key to supporting the Cadet’s success.

See informational flyer below. Anyone interested to be considered, please complete and submit the Mentor Application (download link below) to the Program POC: Mrs. Karen Hughes.

Download Application

NOTE FOR DNG TECHNICIANS: The Adjutant General has approved up to three days cumulative time for technicians providing direct support to the Youth ChalleNGe program in a Mentor role. Technicians should contact Ms. Hughes for further direction
from HRO. This is subject to supervisor concurrence of the employee’s participation. HRO Contact is Lt Col Dave Rice.

PROGRAM POC:
Mrs. Karen M. Hughes
Youth ChalleNGe Program Counselor Liaison
302-326-7102
karen.m.hughes18.nfg@mail.mil

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February 6-10th
Wilmington VA hospital
FREE of charge for veterans and military members

Join us for the next Power Breath Meditation workshop in Delaware sponsored by Help The Veterans. The workshop offered by Project Welcome Home Troops teaches evidence-based practical and powerful tools to help individuals manage the impact of service related chronic stress and trauma.

It is taught by a national non-profit organization Project Welcome Home Troops.
Check out the Facebook Event Page for this workshop.

Read some first-hand testimonials from local Delaware veterans who took the previous workshop.

Read this recent Chicago Tribune article about Project Welcome Home Troops and the workshop.

If you or anyone you know may benefit from this workshop, please sign up by contacting Leslye Moore
leslye.moore@pwht.org
(208) 409 7806

For more information, please see the flyer below.

Thank you,
Meera and Raghav Garg
Help The Veterans

PWHT

Are you considering increasing your job skills and knowledge to make advances in your career?

Delaware Tech is providing scholarship opportunities in Workforce Training. Target audience is unemployed or underemployed Veterans, Veterans looking for a career change, or Veterans who need that extra training to get that next promotion. Active Duty, National Guard, and Reservists may apply.

Workforce Training only and funds are limited.

Certificate Programs include:

  • A+ Certification
  • Fire Protection Technician Certificate I
  • CNA Prep
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • HVAC Maintenance Certificate

Download Application

More info, programs and Applicable Courses can be reviewed on line. CLICK HERE >

For questions, contact:
David Strawbridge
Director of Military and Veteran Services
Delaware Technical Community College
302-857-1617 (office)

Sam Beard

Sam Beard

Sam Beard, the man who created programs supported by eight U.S. Presidents from Nixon to Obama, including cofounding the Jefferson Awards, will serve as guest speaker at the Delaware Veterans Coalition bi-monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, November 26, at FOP Lodge #3, 1184 Kitts Hummock Rd., Dover.

He will talk about a program called GIFT that focuses on using untapped powers of the mind to overcome physical and emotional pain, post traumatic stress, addiction, and other challenges through mindfulness and focused meditation.

Mindfulness Training is a clinically proven method to heal from the trauma of war. It affords veterans the opportunity to re-establish a foundation of well being and begin their lives anew.

The nonprofit GIFT is leading a national initiative to use mindfulness and meditation to transform the lives of 100,000 veterans and active duty military suffering from PTS and war trauma in the next five to eight years.

GIFT is committed to starting a national movement to continue to support our troops once they come home. “The movement began in Elsmere, Delaware, when we partnered with Dr. Jenna Tedesco, who has trained more than 1,500 veterans with PTS using Job Kabat-Zinn’s Mindful-Based Stress Reduction systems (MBSR). Her exceptional work has transformed the lives of many veterans and their families,” said Mr. Beard.

The goal is to work with Delaware’s veterans organizations to create an outreach and marketing effort to help identify 1,250 Delaware veterans and active duty with PTS and war trauma, and create a sustaining system that transforms their lives. The Delaware model will then be used across America.

Coalition meetings are open to all veterans regardless of Coalition membership. Call 302-697-8483 for more information.

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