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Global Peer Support Celebration Day

WHAT IS AND WHEN IS GLOBAL PEER SUPPORT CELEBRATION DAY – Global Peer Support Celebration Day (GPSCD) is an annual celebration of peer supporters, peer support, and recognizing their work in helping their peers with mental health, addictions, and or trauma-related challenges move along the continuum of recovery and inclusion into communities of his/her choosing. This annual, worldwide event takes place annually on the third Thursday in October. This purpose of Global Peer Supporters Celebration Day is two-fold: 1) For peers to recognize and reflect on their contributions and celebrate successes; and 2) For the public, elected officials, and others to celebrate and recognize peer supporters and peer work at national, state and local levels, in the organizations that employee them, and throughout the behavioral (mental health and substance use) communities on the third Thursday in October.

WHY SHOULD PEER SUPPORTERS AND PEER SUPPORT BE CELBRATED – GPSCD celebrates peer supporters; the people who provide a shining example of overcoming the challenges often associated with mental health and or addiction issues for their peers. Peer supporters inspire hope and often fail to recognize and reflect on their contribution to serving others. Furthermore, peer supporters forget to celebrate what they do, let alone acknowledge ‘they’ make a difference on a daily basis in the lives of those they serve (seniors, adults, youth, children, and families) or how transformative they are (and have been) in mental health systems and the industry as a whole. This day of celebration and recognition highlights the impact and contributions peer supporters make in the lives of their peers who are facing mental health, addictions, and or trauma-related challenges. Moreover, when ‘one voice becomes many voices,’ elected officials, the public-at-large, organizations, co-workers, and others begin to breakdown stereotypes and stigma, and awareness of and support for peer supporters and peer work develops and grows.

New York University, Silver School of Social Work and New York Foundling research project is calling all caregivers!  Are you interested in providing feedback about your experience with the child welfare system as a parent?  You are invited to participate in a confidential, one-hour phone or video interview.  Interviews will be scheduled at your convenience and you will be compensated $50 in the form of an Amazon gift card.  If interested, please kindly contact Dr. Darcey Merritt at NYU, Silver School of Social Work at: darceym@gmail.com or 212-998-9186.  Please leave your full name and contact information and someone will return your message within 48 hours.


Parents Wanted!  Help the New York University, Silver School of Social Work co-design a survey.  Are you a parent who has experience with child protective services?  We want your feedback on a survey that we’re creating.  We want to make sure we’re asking the right questions.  If you:  are a Black mother; have experience with child protective services; and have access to a smart phone or computer for an interview, we want to talk to you!  Our goal is to find ways to make surveys easy to understand and complete. During the call, we will share some examples with you to get your feedback and ideas to help us design a good survey.  The call will be held over video chat for about 90 minutes.  You will be compensated $50 for your time.  If interested, sign up at bit.ly/3tIuCYw or text ‘survey’ to 786-309-4766.


The Rutgers University School of Social Work and the New York Foundling research project is calling all caregivers!  Are you interested in providing feedback about your experience with the child welfare system and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your lives?  You are invited to participate in a one-hour phone or video interview.  Interviews will be scheduled at your convenience and you will be compensated $50 in the form of an Amazon gift card.  If interested, please kindly contact: nyfproject@ssw.rutgers.edu or 848-932-8264.  Please be sure to leave your full name, and the best phone number and email address to reach you.

Please share your interest in participating in these opportunities by October 31. 

Become a Member of Our Family 

Have you faced life’s challenges, overcome them and want to give back to your community? Your experience has power. Share it and help others like you be heard, supported, and empowered.

We need people with strong, active voices. As Westchester’s only independent, family-run, peer support organization, we are dedicated to achieving equity and social change. We value your lived experience navigating service systems and your ability to advocate for yourself, family, and community.

We offer:

  • a creative, fun, nurturing, and supportive work environment,
  • a generous benefits package,
  • opportunities for personal and professional development.

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YOUTH PEER ADVOCATE

Family Ties is an equal opportunity employer.  We value linguistic, cultural, and racial diversity and strive to create a more equitable society for all.

We have recently updated our referral form. It is available in English and Spanish. Please note that referrals will only be accepted with a family’s consent. 

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REFERRAL FORM

Imagine having to worry about when your next meal will be or not knowing what you can feed your children for dinner. Unfortunately, that is the reality many of our neighbors face every day. At Family Ties, we work to help find solutions for those in our community, including those facing food insecurity.

We’re excited to be the recipients of a $10,000 grant from Albertsons and Acme’s Foundation Nourishing Neighbors to help those in our community receive the benefits of existing federal meals programs such as SNAP, WIC, P-EBT, and free or reduced school nutrition programs.

With this grant we plan to connect the families we work with to federal meals programs so that they have enough to eat. 

We can’t thank Albertsons and Acme’s Foundation enough for giving us this grant to help our neighbors.

 

 

 

Become a Member of Our Family 

Have you faced life’s challenges, overcome them and want to give back to your community? Your experience has power. Share it and help others like you be heard, supported, and empowered.

We need people with strong, active voices. As Westchester’s only independent, family-run, peer support organization, we are dedicated to achieving equity and social change. We value your lived experience navigating service systems and your ability to advocate for yourself, family, and community.

We offer:

  • a creative, fun, nurturing, and supportive work environment,
  • a generous benefits package,
  • opportunities for personal and professional development.

FAMILY PEER ADVOCATE

YOUTH PEER ADVOCATE

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Family Ties is an equal opportunity employer.  We value linguistic, cultural, and racial diversity and strive to create a more equitable society for all.

Family Ties of Westchester joins YWCA White Plains on its annual campaign to #StandAgainstRacism. This year’s theme is Racism is a Public Health Crisis. Today, we are taking the pledge to take a stand. You can, too: https://ywcawpcw.org/events/stand-against-racism

 

 

 

 

 

 

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