Congratulations to Presby’s most recent Penn Medicine CAREs Foundation Grant recipients, Michele Pastorius and Kim Lacy, who will be working hard over the next three months to help coordinate a retreat for local women suffering from the disease of addiction.
Michele, a nurse in Interventional Cardiology, her project partner Kim Lacy, have been actively working with women in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for 25 years. Noticing the need for NA women’s retreats in eastern PA, Michele and Kim have been helping to lead the area’s first retreat in the Poconos on October 12-14th. Sixty women from NA groups from the West Philadelphia, Philadelphia and surrounding counties will attend the Nurture Your Core®: NA Women’s Retreat at Lake Ladore, where the goal is to help empower women in recovery from drugs and alcohol to live a productive, sustained, substance abuse-free life.
A weekend of events will encapsulate the retreat’s theme of “Mind, Body and Spirit.” Activities to help women focus on the core of their disease and improving their mind, body and spirit will include aqua aerobics, core strengthening, guest speakers and spirituality meetings. The $500 grant received from Penn Medicine CAREs will help Michele and Kim with supplies and other clerical needs leading up to the retreat.
Kris Gallagher, Plastic Surgery (HUP) - Interfaith Hospitality Network
Douglas Worrall, Medical Student (SOM) - United Community Clinic Vision Program
Sue Canning, Emergency Medicine (HUP) - Emergency Dental Care
Janelle Harris, Surgical Nursing (HUP) - Penn Careers in the City
Aliya Rogers, Wissahickon Hospice (HCHS HERO) - Health Education Referral Outreach Project
Vivian Prince, Nursing (CPUP) - Summer Skin Protection
Jeanie Carpenter, Business Development (CORP) - MELC Infant Friendship Center
Eric Morgenstein, Wissahickon Hospice (HCHS) - Camp Bright Feathers, Haven Youth Center
Zheya Jenny Yu, Psychiatry (PAH) - Raising Heathy and Happy Kids in East Asian Families
James Bobyak, Pharmacy (PAH) - Enhanced Medication Safety Using Pill Organizers
The Penn Medicine CAREs Foundation Grants Program will be accepting applications for the next round of grants until September 1, 2012. Go to http://pennmedicine.org/community/ for more information and to apply.