(A CATHOLIC CHARITIES SPECIAL EVENT) The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From A State Hospital Attic
Could you pack the essence of your lifetime into a suitcase? The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From A State Hospital Attic, is a Mental Health Awareness exhibition presented by Catholic Charities. This exhibit and event is coming to The Stanley Center for the Arts, Romano Room, 261 Genesee Street, Utica, from April 30, 2014 to May 25th. Join us in uniting, educating, and bringing awareness to our communities’ and societies’ metal health needs and methods.
History: In 1995, during the closure of Willard Psychiatric Center in New York’s Finger Lakes region, over 400 hundred suitcases filled with the personal belongings of former patients were discovered in the hospital attic. The suitcases and their contents bear witness to the rich, complex lives these people led before they were committed to Willard – and speak to their aspirations, accomplishments, and community connections, as well as to loss and isolation.
At Catholic Charities of Oneida/Madison Counties we provide services to those in our community that are most in need. We reach out a helping hand to provide food, clothing and shelter for those who do not have basic needs. We provide housing to those struggling with mental illness; and those in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse.
More than these material items; we offer hope, encouragement, optimism and strength for the future. Whether through our parenting program, case management, a week at Camp Nazareth, or a stay in one of our residences, individuals will be prepared to meet the challenges of daily life utilizing new skills.
So, join us. Become part of the solution. Find out more about Catholic Charities and your community. We invite you to volunteer, donate, or learn more about what we do.
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Do you have free time on your hands? Could you give some time to help others? Then you may be the type of person we are looking for. We have volunteer opportunities for all types of people. Find out if there is an area where you can help out.
Ways to Give
It's no secret, we rely on your support. We graciously accept all contributions. Your financial support is desperately needed at all times and we hope you will consider making a donation with us.
Each year Catholic Charities helps out thousands of local families struggling to make ends meet. Whether it's food, housing, household items, or traveler's aid, we are there for those experiencing a critical emergency situation.
Catholic Charities provides a continuum of residential options for adults with mental illness, developmental disability or who are recovering from addictions. Options include 24-hour community residences, supported housing, and apartment program.
Residential camping for boys and girls in the foothills of the Adirondacks since 1953. Located in Woodgate, NY, Camp Nazareth is built on 300+ acres of forest and lakefront in the Adirondack Park.
Adoption, Pregnancy & Parenting
Adoption and Foster Care services are available for individuals and couples that need time to explore permanency options for their infants, as well as information for families looking to adopt a child.
Support For The Mentally Ill
Catholic Charities has been a central partner in providing community-based services to adults with mental illness for over 30 years. Services include residential socialization and transportation, case management and crisis intervention.
Substance Abuse Programs
Catholic Charities' philosophy for both our Men's and Women's Halfway Houses is to provide a positive living environment that offers transitional living for men and women returning to the community from inpatient substance treatment facilities.
Catholic Charities believes that investing in our youth is a core function of our mission. Services include after-school programming, teenage parenting supports, Camp Nazareth, ropes course, and CYO Basketball.
Catholic Charities' counseling program, located on Main St. in Oneida, is designed to serve individuals, couples, children and families addressing issues that they face in their daily lives. The program helps to promote healing, growth and success on these issues.
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You can donate online with your major credit card or PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to use this, simply use the "pay with credit card" option. Once we receive your donation, we will send you a thank you note along with a receipt showing your tax-deductible donation for your tax recording purposes.