LUK, Inc. Blog

The Importance of Partnership

by Beth Barto

Does the organization ask me my ideas on how to improve its services?  This is one of eleven questions on LUK’s consumer satisfaction survey.  This question has layers of meaning underneath the written intent for feedback.  The question implies that youth, families, adults and communities impacted by LUK inc. provide helpful guidance to how the organization can improve services.  The question reflects our core belief in the importance of empowerment as an anchor to recovery.  Empowerment and partnership with the people we serve is what LUK strives to nurture in our work.  The belief is that by understanding other voices, opinions, and perspectives, LUK will improve how we are part of a person or communities’ journey.

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June is LGBT Pride Month

By José Rafael Rivera

On June 28, 1969, just after 3:00 AM, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street. Although there were several legitimate reasons for this particular raid (serving alcohol without a license was one), the New York City gay, lesbian and transgender community had grown tired of being targeted – by then, a majority of the gay bars in the area had been closed after raids that included beatings and public humiliation of the bars’ employees and patrons. As it had happened numerous times before, the crowd on the street watched silently as the all-too-common scene repeated itself. But this time, when three drag queens and a lesbian were forced into the paddy wagon, the crowd erupted. In a scene similar to the iconic “Network” (1976) diatribe “I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” the crowd began to express their outrage and eventually forced the police to withdraw into the bar for shelter.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Dave Hamolsky

For a moment, I would like you to think about your personal mental health journey. My journey begins as a very young child. So young, I do not even know how old I was and so young that my memories are an interesting mixture of family stories that have been told to me, conversations that I have had with my father and sister and old pictures that I have seen. This amalgamated memory is of my maternal grandmother. My maternal grandmother was, as the story goes, “schizophrenic.”  Sometime during 1956 – 1960 (when I was young), she was hospitalized in a state mental health institution. My mother and sister would go visit her in the hospital on a regular basis, and sometimes she was brought from the hospital to a family event.

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May is National Foster Care Month

By Michele Morrissey 

LUK is a proud supporter of National Foster Care Month, and you should be too!  Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of thousands of children and youth in the foster care system.  This year marks the 27th National Foster Care Month, reaching back to 1988.  "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care" is the theme of May 2015.  The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved – as foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.

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Autism Awareness Month

By Karen P. Carlson, PhD

Is Autism Awareness Reaching Disadvantaged Families?

April is Autism Awareness Month. In the 1970’s the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, with the goal of ensuring access, understanding and well being (Autism-Society.org). Their campaign was adopted by Congress in 1984 and punctuated by the release of the autism ribbon in 1999. The Eighth Annual World Autism Awareness Day took place on April 2, 2015. This day is dedicated to increasing public awareness, providing celebrations for families and supporters, and fund-raising events.

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