Groups at LUK in the 80’s and 90’s
By Robin Richard
When I started at LUK, I was working in the “Tracking Program”. It was an informal counseling program similar to the Mentoring Program. We would meet with our clients individually weekly. We would also do groups with the clients.
LUK had a van for us to do the groups. It was an “old” van, but it got us where we were going. Eventually, we had to use our own vehicles as the van was no longer safe.
We had the weekly groups which we would take them bowling or playing basketball. We would sometimes take them to Leominster State Park to go swimming. Once, Dave Hamolsky, took a group with other staff in tow to climb the hill by Leominster State Park.
We took the kids to either Salisbury State Reservation or Plum Island. The thing that stood out to me was that most of the kids never had seen the ocean. Their reaction was priceless and gives me pause every time I think about it. I think it was one of the best groups we did. It made me realize that I was taking my experiences as a child for granted and that maybe we just gave them an experience of a lifetime.