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We are prepared and ready to help. As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop and spread throughout the Southcoast of Massachusetts, our entire staff team is working to continue to provide for the needs of our clients and reliable access to the important services you count on. Promoting health and safety. For everyone. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety, and the need to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Saint Vincent’s is taking multiple steps to minimize health risks to our clients, staff members and our communities, including enhanced cleaning procedures in our residential environments and our Mental Health Clinic. Visitation Requirements Current EEC regulations for residential treatment and congregate care providers allow for OUTDOOR visitation only.  EEC has issued temporary residential regulations related to the pandemic.  The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has identified that congregate care/group home visitation is limited to: Outdoor, on-grounds, visitation onlyUp to 2 individuals (visitors) for a maximum of 45 minutesSocial distancing and sanitation guidelines are in effect Saint Vincent’s has identified four (4) outdoor visit spaces that will be furnished with picnic tables and umbrellas.  Each outdoor table will have a visible table number noting its designation. All visits MUST be scheduled in advance with the client’s Clinical Care Manager.  Visits may only be scheduled during business hours (Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm).  Visits may not be scheduled to occur at, or after, 5pm.  All
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Friends of Saint Vincent's;As we all deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our lives and, for provider agencies like Saint Vincent’s Services, the impact on the clients and families we serve, it is critical that we also acknowledge and take a stand, relative to the tragic death of George Floyd and the threat of racism, which is another endemic sickness which threatens all of us. Racism rears its head when Black lives are devalued, threatened or put in harm’s way. While the recent responses to the taking of the life of a Black man have begun as peaceful protests by most, many have resulted in violent, destructive and hateful actions which is not only disappointing but frightening and quite sad. Saint Vincent’s Services serves many minority children, youth and families from the Southcoast area in our programs and we have an obligation to come to a meaningful understanding of what it means for those clients to live in the dark shadow of racial bigotry and injustice. Racial inequality is not just an issue for any minority community or group which experiences lack of acceptance or understanding. Social justice must be held as a value by all of us to ensure that no one is treated inequitably based on their color, beliefs or culture.We all need to act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin,
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Join us as we celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. A day observed each year to raise public awareness about the importance of children's mental health and focus on promoting positive mental health, well-being and social development for all children and youth.    Saint Vincent’s Services outpatient clinical team consists of clinical social workers, mental health clinicians, child psychiatrists and psychologists who will work with you and your child to develop a treatment plan that responds to your child’s specific needs and symptoms. Saint Vincent’s outpatient mental health clinic provides assessment and interventions focused exclusively on the needs of children, youth and families. It is normal for children and youth to feel sad and not themselves sometimes, especially during this unprecedented and prolonged crisis, which has impacted all of our lives in ways that were unimaginable several months ago. Such experiences can make it difficult for children to engage in activities which they usually enjoy and look forward to.  How can you help if your child is having a hard time handling the stresses of COVID-19: In the absence of school, provide structure through the day and plan opportunities for learning and creativity.Listen to your child’s fears and anxieties.  They are real and your child will benefit from being heard and understood.With social distancing the expectation, create safe opportunities for connection within your family and with friends and loved ones to lessen feelings of isolation.Provide breaks from prolonged stay-at-home orders by taking family
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The global pandemic, COVID-19, is impacting all of us and Saint Vincent's Services is not exempted. #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of giving and unity is designed to support generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. During the pandemic Saint Vincent's has continued to offer community based services, residential care and support through our outpatient mental health clinic for children, youth and families in need. Efforts to keep the children, youth and staff at Saint Vincent's safe have significantly impacted our day-to-day operations. The cost associated with the increased need to purchase Personal Protection Equipment, cleaning supplies, extra food, and the additional staffing required to provide services throughout this crisis is significant.. We invite you to celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow with a donation to help us sustain our current programs and services, especially during this difficult time. Together we are making a difference and will continue with our Mission to provide children, youth and families with Treatment, Care and Transformation. Donate Today
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We are prepared and ready to help. As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop and spread throughout the Southcoast of Massachusetts, our entire staff team is working to continue to provide for the needs of our clients and reliable access to the important services you count on. Promoting health and safety. For everyone. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety, and the need to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Saint Vincent’s is taking multiple steps to minimize health risks to our clients, staff members and our communities, including enhanced cleaning procedures in our residential environments and our Mental Health Clinic. Additionally, effective Monday, March 16th, 2020 all visits and meetings (on campus and in the community) have been cancelled for a period of two weeks.  Additionally, we have closed Intake to our residential programs until further notice.  We are available. The Saint Vincent’s Mental Health Clinic has established a plan that allows for the utilization of HIPAA/HITECH compliant software that will allow us to utilize telehealth appointments, which allows us to continue to deliver services for children, youth and families within their own homes and without face-to-face contact in order to maintain everyone’s safety.  Our Clinicians and office staff will reach out to clients to share more information and to schedule appointments. We know this is a challenging time for all of us and we hope to find ways to remain connected and
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Thank you to the many who supported the children and youth this Christmas Season! Words can't describe the joy that you were able to provide on Christmas morning! Dolls, cars, art supplies, radios, boots, clothing, toys of all varieties and so much more were donated, wrapped and magically placed under the trees for Christmas morning! Thank you again for your generosity! Merry Christmas to all! Check out some Before and After photos from Christmas morning!
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PRIMA CARE’S ANNUAL CHARITY DONATION SUPPORTS SAINT VINCENT’S Building Strong Local Ties in the Greater Fall River Community This holiday season Prima CARE, P.C. has continued their charitable affiliation with Saint Vincent’s Services in Fall River.  Donated funds help support the services provided by Saint Vincent’s expert team of direct care staff.  Prima CARE continues to grow with the community and takes great pride in supporting local area charities and non-profit organizations. Donations were raised at Prima CARE’s 2019 Holiday Office Party with over 800 employees and guests in attendance.  A holiday raffle and the sale of specially designed Christmas cards resulted in $5,000 being donated to Saint Vincent’s.  Prima CARE CEO, Richard Mateus, explains, “Prima CARE is proud to continue building strong local ties in the greater Fall River area and to share our corporate success with our community.” Samuel Cordeiro, Prima CARE’s Chief Financial Officer, along with Peter Guresh, Director of Diagnostic Services, presented John T. Weldon, Carolyn DaSilva and Missy Reis, of Saint Vincent’s Services, a $5,000 check to support the various programs available to children, youth and families in Southeastern MA and Cape Cod.  For over eighteen years, Prima CARE, P.C. has donated gifts to Saint Vincent’s children and youth during the holiday season. About Prima CARE, P.C. Prima CARE, P.C. is Fall River’s largest multi-specialty group with over 175 providers and offices throughout the greater Fall River area.  With facilities in Fall River, Somerset, Tiverton,
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On Thursday, September 26, 2019 more than 80 guests came together as Saint Vincent’s Services reveal its rebrand to friends, family, business/community partners, and colleagues during a ribbon cutting celebration. The rebrand is to highlight Saint Vincent’s Services, Inc. successes and growth as a child-focused, family-centered, trauma-informed service provider. Saint Vincent’s was established in 1885 to be a place of positive change for children, adolescents and their families and to give them the insight and tools they need to build healthy relationships. John T. Weldon, Executive Director / CEO, addressed the audience  and explained “The rebranding was needed to help our organization better portray the values that we uphold and allow the local community to better understand the programs and services we currently provide. We wanted to show our past, current, and future clients the different programs and services we have implemented as well as the open access to those services, which is different and now open to children and families.” In addition to comments and blessings from Bishop da Cunha, Cathy Ann Viveiros, the Fall River City Administrator presented Saint Vincent’s Services with a special citation and offered her thanks and appreciation to our staff for their continued dedication and support of the children and families we serve. After the ribbon cutting guests were invited into the Saint Vincent's chapel to enjoy refreshments, prepared by our Food Service Team and tours of the campus were extended to those interested. 
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Saint Vincent’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. We are had over 350 guests in attendance that enjoyed a great night with family, friends, and incredible prizes. The event was a huge success and raised just over $26,000 for Saint Vincent’s programs and services.
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As you may know, Carlin Lynch passed away unexpectedly earlier this week. He was a beloved member of the Saint Vincent's family and served on our Board of Directors for 15 years.
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As the Christmas season approaches, we are hoping you will join us in being a part of making this Christmas more than just a season for the children, youth and families we serve. Your simple act of generosity will make a big difference in their lives.
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Saint Vincent's Home has recently introduced Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), an evidence based initiative developed by Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in all of our residential and congregate care levels of care.   [Relate only to trauma expertise, training experience, etc.] Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) is a framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. Most of our clients and families have been effected by trauma in their lives and Saint Vincent’s specializes in the treatment of trauma of various types. ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. Saint Vincent’s was introduced to the ARC Framework beginning in 2013 through participation  in the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project.  ARC was considered one of three evidenced-based practices in the treatment of trauma.  As a result of initiatives with the MCTP and the Child Advocacy Center of Bristol County, located in Fall River, Saint Vincent’s was able to train the clinicians providing services within our outpatient Mental Health Clinic n ARC.  Expanding this initiative will allow for all of our program areas and levels of care to have the same foundation, language, and tools for our ongoing work with youth and families who are dealing with trauma in their lives. Outcomes research suggests that ARC leads to reduction in child post-traumatic stress symptoms and general mental health symptoms, as well as increased adaptive and social skills.
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