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Three years ago, when Ahlam Axelrod started to focus her attention on maternal mental health, she would never have imagined it would be a journey that would take her all the way to Washington D.C. Ahlam is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for Victor Community Support Services, working in Victorville, CA. In her clinical work, she noticed a high number of new moms struggling with postpartum depression and wanted to figure out how to help this common but largely unaddressed issue.
“I have a responsibility in the community to raise awareness, knowing that one out of eight women suffer from postpartum depression.”
- Ahlam Axelrod
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We wanted to take a moment to welcome Ed Hackett to the Administrative Office in Chico, CA. Ed joined us 3 months ago as our new Chief Financial Officer and we have been enjoying getting to know him and the leadership strengths he brings to our organization.
Ed comes to us with 18 years of work as a financial professional in two organizations: Wheeler Clinic in Plainville, Connecticut for 8 years, followed by 10 years at The Village in Hartford, Connecticut, which is where he was working when Victor reached out. The Village was an organization very similar to Victor as they had residential programs, after school and extended day programs for kids, along with community based in-home programs, foster care, and a number of other programs.
As we come to the close of another year, we wanted to share a story with you from the CEO of Victor, Douglas Scott. The image of the plaque you see is a “thank you” to the staff in Santa Rosa CA for exemplifying the Victor way during the incredible wildfires that changed the face of Santa Rosa in October. Here is what Doug had to say:
Some may describe a 13-year-old boy as awkward. Moody. Hormonal. Their newly discovered desire to be independent means they’d rather hang out with their friends than be in any near proximity to their parental units. They’ve discovered girls instead of the latest video game hacks and consider Snapchat to be an actual conversation with a human being. Possibly their biggest worries are puberty and pimples, braces and bad hair, big feet and even bigger egos.
School is a necessary evil, a land of fellow teenage peers who want to be “individuals” by fitting in. Most days, their biggest concern is they forgot to study for a test, lost last week’s football game to their rivals, didn’t get the seat in class next to their crush, or the cafeteria ran out of pizza before they got to the front of the line. Sure, being a 13-year-old boy is hard. Being a 13-year-old boy with anxiety is even harder. And for someone like 13-year-old Colin*, going to school at all is a real, daily struggle.
Below is a letter from Victor CEO Doug Scott, sharing the excellent feedback received from the Council on Accreditation after their review of Victor Treatment Centers and Rosemary Children’s Services.
The Probation Evidence Based Programming (EBP) team at Victor Community Support Services in Stockton is doing an impressive job changing lives. The San Joaquin County Probation Department released data from the Day Reporting Center (DRC) showing significantly reduced rates of re-offenses by clients who are on probation as their hours spent in evidence based programming increased (see graph below). This shows that even adults with criminal histories can make major life changes when given the help and resources they need.
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Sometimes we just need to pause, take a deep breath, and celebrate the incredible opportunities we have to step into tense and life-threatening situations and find a way to intervene and change the course of a human life.
Of course, we can’t share details because we care for and protect our clients, but we do want to celebrate with our Perris office an opportunity they had to intervene and quite literally help prevent a young lady from committing suicide. Mary Tretola, one of our Clinical Supervisors, paused in her day to relay an incredible story of teamwork that resulted in hope and a future for a troubled young woman.
The Chico Stonewall Alliance Center hosted its annual Chico Pride celebration event on Saturday, August 19. Stonewall Alliance is an organization that unites, strengthens, and affirms the community through support, resources, education, advocacy, and celebration.
This year, Victor Community Support Services, Chico, had the opportunity to be present at the celebration and show support for the families of Butte County who are part of hte LGBTQ+ community. Victor partners with the Stonewall Alliance Center, offering support to our clients and helping decrease barriers to youth accessing mental health services. Victor’s services are safe and inclusive for youth and families who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.