2002-04-06 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey Outreach Project: Care, Commitment, Community

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
Outreach Project: Care, Commitment, Community

As a member of the Outreach Project Board of Directors I attended their March meeting. Outreach Project is fortunate to have as its spearhead an intelligent, energetic and resourceful leader - Kathy Riddle. Through her hard work, dedication and resourcefulness Outreach Project has been able to grow and extend its services to groups of youngsters, adolescents and adults.

In Richmond Hill, the adolescent day treatment program is continuing despite the recent budget cuts. Many of the other adolescent day treatment programs in New York City have been forced to close their doors. The adolescent population is critical because it treats youngsters at a significant time in their lives. The New York City Board of Education is continuing to pursue an interest in establishing a school with Outreach Project. Helping youngsters to achieve their academic goals while addressing their personal issues with Outreach specialists would be a worthwhile endeavor. It would help adolescents to continue to meet educational standards and prepare to enter the world of work, or train themselves to take their place in institutions of higher education. Their educational goals can be attained while meeting their personal needs.

Outreach Project is opening an alcoholic clinic in Greenpoint. A very attractive brochure written in several languages is being distributed in the neighborhood to alert community residents to this new program offering.

The program in Ridgewood is moving toward a significant expansion. Outreach conducted an agency-wide survey of clients in October 2001. Hundreds of clients responded regarding their overall satisfaction with Outreach Project and rated their satisfaction with staff at Outreach Program. The respondents answered questions regarding (a) admission process satisfaction, (2) involvement in treatment plan, (3) understanding what needs to be done to accomplish treatment plan, (4) how closely the treatment plan matched their own goals, (5) individual counseling satisfaction, (6) group counseling satisfaction, (7) family counseling satisfaction, (8) vocational services satisfaction, (9) medical services satisfaction, (10) psychological/psychiatric services satisfaction, (11) satisfaction with staff, (12) satisfaction with physical facility and overall satisfaction with the program.

The responses give all the constituents at Outreach very valuable feedback regarding each individual’s determination as to how the program has helped their lives. Respondents found the program extremely helpful and were very satisfied with the staff.

Kathy Riddler, a futuristic leader, has developed a very significant part of the program and that is feedback from the clients. It is only by hearing from those you serve that you can ascertain whether or not the developed program is helping them to reach their goal.

Outreach Project must continue to fundraise in order to benefit Outreach Project and its programs. They will hold their fifteenth annual Big Apple Circus Performance on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 6:30 P.M. at Cunningham Park in Queens. The Honorary Ringmaster will be the Honorable Helen Marshall, the Queens Borough President. Everyone has a good time at the circus. It is fun for one and all. Plan to attend and to take your entire family.

On Saturday I had a wonderful afternoon. I went to Garry's Hair Stylist at 103-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 634-5509. Gary is a great hair designer. His styles have flair. Marvin does fabulous work. He has definite creative talents. Check it out!!!

While I was at Garry's I had the privilege of meeting a very good friend - Dorothy Dunne. Dorothy has such class and elegance. She is always enthusiastic to share her latest adventure at a Broadway opening, a new restaurant or a cocktail party with the rich and famous. She was invited on Easter Sunday to review the new Maryland Crab Restaurant in Sheepshead Bay.

When Dorothy and I have the opportunity to get together the hours go by quickly. She is an expert in the world of travel. We reminisced about our trips to Alaska last summer. Dorothy planned a beautiful trip for us. It was a vacation to remember for a lifetime. Dorothy was so thoughtful that she even treated us to champagne at the Captains dinner. I do know that Dorothy ordered the magnificent weather that we had. The sun was shinning every day. It was even sunny in Sitka, Alaska where they get about 350 rainy days a year. When you are going on your next vacation call Dorothy Dunne. Contact her by Email at dorothydunne @yahoo.com.


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