Subject: Happy Social Work Month from IIIC's Wellness Team

Springtime Greetings from IIIC's Wellness Services
Dear Friends,      

The Wellness Team at the IIIC is delighted to share with you our news from the past few months and our plans for the Spring months ahead! We hope you have all safely weathered the many storms of March. We’ve kept busy through it all, serving clients from Ireland and around the world. 

March is Social Work month, and as a proud team of skilled social workers, here, we engage in the full spectrum of our profession: from direct clinical care, to community advocacy and education. Social work began 100 years ago in the “settlement houses" that served immigrants in large cities across the US. The early social workers “friendly visitors" helped newcomers to our shores create a home in a foreign place. I'm proud to continue that dedication to caring for immigrants, particularly now, at the IIIC with my devoted colleagues, Siobhan and Katie. Every day we deliver services that embody the core social work principles of compassion, cultural competence and a dedication to social justice. 
Please never hesitate to reach out to us, by phone, email or on Facebook. We are here for you.

Warmly,
Rachel and Siobhan

rreisman@iiicenter.org
skelly@iiicenter.org
617-542-7654 ext. 14

Health Law Advocates: Immigrant Access to Healthcare 
On February 27,  our Wellness team was delighted to welcome Andrew Cohen, supervising attorney at Health Law Advocates in Boston, to present an update on immigrant access to Masshealth for IIIC staff. 

With immigration policy frequently in flux, we believe it is important for our attorneys, educators and clinical staff to stay updated on both the resources available to our clients and the current challenges they may face. Health Law Advocates is a tremendous resource for those navigating the healthcare systems, as is Healthcare for All, which helps immigrants access state coverage. 

Important Note: All undocumented immigrants have access to state health insurance. Contact HealthCare for All for free assistance. Thank you to our intern, Katie Ahern, BC/MSW for coordinating this event! 

Failte: Winter & Spring Irish Classes at the IIIC

We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s worldwide celebration of the 125th resurgence of the Irish language! 2018 Bliain na Gaeilge | This is Ireland 

Our wellness team is delighted with our ongoing collaboration with Cumann na Gaeilge i mBoston | Irish Language Society of Boston to bring Irish classes to the IIIC and our downtown community. Our wonderful teachers, Pat, Karen and Matt, welcome students from Ireland and beyond to all levels of Irish. We expanded our program this Winter to 3 levels and as always, our students raved about their experience. 

CnG helps us to fill the center with the joy of Irish culture, enhancing our connection to Irish history while also fostering a vibrant sense of community. We have welcomed students from around the world, parents and children, those returning to their Irish and those discovering its beauty for the first time. 

Spring classes are being held from April 5 - May 24, $128 or $112 for CnG members. The beginner class will be held on Wednesday from 6:15-8:30. The advanced beginner and intermediate classes will occur on Thursday from 6:15-8:30. For more information or to register for class, contact Siobhan Kelly at skelly@iicenter.org or (617)-542-7654 ext. 15

You can read more about Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 on the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Global Affairs page here
"A Sober St. Patrick’s Day"

We hope that everyone had a happy St. Patrick’s Day!  As many Irish around the world are working to change the stereotype of the “Irish and the drink”, and want to share the joy of celebrating all that’s Ireland without it, Director Rachel Reisman used the opportunity in her column “Matters or Substance" to encourage a moment of reflection about the role of alcohol in our celebrations and to support the many in our community working to stay sober.

In looking back on St. Patrick's Day, we were delighted that this movement is growing and gaining momentum worldwide. Read Rachel's "Matters of Substance" here. Slainte! 
“Speak Up to Save Lives!” Suicide Prevention Day at the State House 
 
On March 12, Siobhan Kelly, BSW and MSW intern, Katie Ahern, represented Wellness and the IIIC in a day of advocacy for increased suicide prevention services in Massachusetts. 

The successful afternoon of meeting with state representatives was hosted by both the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. With Ireland suffering with one of the leading suicide rates in Europe, and many of our own clients struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts or self-harming behavior, this is a treatable mental health crisis. Wellness works to defeat suicide in our local communities, from crisis triage to education and advocacy for more services. 

You, too, can advocate for increased funding for suicide prevention services by contacting your local legislators with a quick call, letter, email or meeting. Find yours here!

Free Irish Movie Night at the IIIC!

To continue our celebration of all that is Irish and its language, we will be hosting a showing of the Irish film, King’s, which traces the journey of 6 Irish men returning "home" after 30 years in London. 
While the story starts with a friend’s funeral back in Ireland, the narrative explores the experience of re-connection and how we find “home" again: a personal journey experienced by many an Irish emigrant. 

With lots of Irish dialogue, and English subtitles, we look forward to an evening celebrating both the Irish language and the immigrant experience. Thanks to our teacher, Karen Conneely for helping us arrange this FREE cultural event at the IIIC, One State Street on March 29th at 6:30pm. 

Please RSVP to Siobhan Kelly and watch a trailer here!
Self-Compassion and Substance Use Disorders: Free Workshop 

It can be difficult to cope with a loved one’s substance use disorder. Our Wellness team is excited to present a workshop focused on self-care for those living with, or concerned, about a loved one’s substance abuse disorder. Often those who support someone with this struggle experience depression, isolation, and anxiety too. 

Please join us, as we collaborate with the Laboure Center in South Boston for a relaxed evening workshop on April 5th. We will highlight how self-compassion is vital to everyone’s well-being and recovery, share ideas and resources, and practice a bit of self-care along the way! 

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. 
Contact Siobhan Kelly here at the IIIC with any questions. 
Goodbye to Intern Katie Ahern!

The Wellness Team and all the staff at the IIIC are gearing up to say goodbye to our wonderful social work intern, Katie. During her time with us this past academic year, Katie has always shown up with a bright, collaborative, and inquisitive attitude. Whether she is developing resources for our clients, helping us run workshops for the staff and community, helping us with grants preparation or leading guided meditation, Katie exhibits the social workers willingness to pitch in and serve others. 
It’s been a joy and an honor to welcome her to the field! Good luck, Katie! 
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Twitter: @iiicwellness 

Rachel Reisman, LICSW rreisman@iiicenter.org 617.542.7654 x 14
Siobhan Kelly, skelly@iiicenter.org 617.542.7654 x 15

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