July 5, 2013, Brooklyn, NY…
Fifteen Project HOPE crisis counselors from Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Department of Community Based Programs attended Lutheran HealthCare’s 10th Annual Brooklyn Cyclones Day on July 3. Suzann Jacquez-Sanchez, Project HOPE’s clinical coordinator, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on behalf of Lutheran’s Project HOPE team. This effort is to bring awareness to counseling services being provided to individuals and families still affected by Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath in the Coney Island and Staten Island neighborhoods. The counselors were joined by Lutheran Medical Center’s director of Security, Bob Casazza.
"Our team, who collectively speaks eight languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, represents the multi-ethnic population that has been heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy," said Suzann Jacquez-Sanchez, Project HOPE clinical coordinator. "With Project HOPE, Lutheran Family Health Centers was able to put this team together to help disaster survivors in the recovery process. The need for crisis counseling in Coney Island and Staten Island is great and our services are providing avenues for recovery and support."
Approximately 700 employees and family members attended the annual employee picnic and watched the Brooklyn Cyclones achieve a 2-1 win over the Staten Island Yankees. The baseball game was held at MCU Park in Coney Island. Attendees received a free Johan Santana bobble head, which included a Lutheran logo, and a Cyclones hat.
Hurricane Sandy is gone. For some the stress still lingers. Strong emotions are common after a traumatic event. Project HOPE helps you cope and manage the stress. Call 1-800-LIFENET, 24/7, to connect with a Project HOPE agency in your community. All services are free and confidential.