Community Retreat Spotlight: Rehab Support Services

Community Retreat Spotlight: Rehab Support Services

Just as the leaves filled in the spring hills in late May, staff from Rehab Support Services (RSS) Children and Youth Programs visited The Uplands for a much-needed day of respite. The retreat participants represented an impressive array of the various initiatives RSS has in place to serve youth and families in need. Their programs include therapeutic interventions, intensive mental health support, crisis stabilization, social skills development, safety planning, and support in navigating interactions with the juvenile justice system. A strength-based, trauma-informed approach in their work focuses on wellness skill development and family systems support, empowering families and youth to address challenges that arise through adolescence and beyond. RSS has served over 600 children and families in the past year across several counties in Upstate New York. 

The deeply committed staff works with children and families with the most intensive needs, and the nature of their jobs can take a tremendous toll on their own well-being. A retreat at Uplands served as an opportunity for self-care, wellness, rest, and team bonding. After settling in with coffee and tea on the back patio, a gentle yoga class grounded them into the space. The group participated in an immersive art experience, in which each person identified what feels supportive to them and expressed it through drawing and collage. A spacious lunch was provided, featuring the first major vegetable harvest of our season with a delicious asparagus tart, along with soup, salad, and sandwiches. After lunch, a garden tour explored the emergence of early veggies, herbs, fruit trees, and wildflowers. Blessed with a beautiful day, the group enjoyed yard games, lounging on the patio, basking in the sun on blankets in the grass, and breathing in the fresh spring air.

We are so appreciative of the vital work RSS does in our community, and wish them strength and healing for many days to come.

 

 

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