Last Friday, I attended a Catholic Charities Staff Development Day. As I've said before, I really enjoy my job supervising seven Marriage Family Therapist interns and trainees. Also for Catholic Charities, I facilitate a group for caregivers and a group for adolescents who have been through traumas in their families.
I am truly blessed to work for this organization. Our mission is "to provide services that impact family, neighborhood and society so that people's lives are filled with hope." Our action statement states: "Catholic Charities provides compassionate social services that respond to the suffering of the vulnerable and those in crisis in our local communities."
We provide a variety of services to families in Riverside and San Bernadino Counties, including counseling, parenting classes, anger management, emergency assistance, immigration services, and meals and clothing for the hungry and poor. Last year we helped over 14,700 people.
Friday's theme was "Self Care", and we had great speakers and a number of breakout sessions on Yoga, Play, Healthy Food, Guided Meditation, Changing Mood with Color, Stress Management, The Healing Power of Laughter, Art for Fun and Relaxation, and "Get Out and Walk".
It was with joy and anticipation that I spent three days preparing for my tiny part of the day. I was leading two 30 minute break-out sessions on "Art for Fun and Relaxation". My three activities included mini-scrapbooks, decorating cupcakes, and learning simple watercolor techniques. I prepared kits to make mini Altoid tin scrapbooks, copied handouts for other scrapbook projects and gathered many scrapbooking supplies. I cut watercolor paper, prepared paints and brushes, and made samples of what they could do with color. I've already blogged about the 115 cupcakes and on Thursdy I made 12 batches of buttercream frosting in 7 colors, and packed up a huge assortment of candies and sprinkles for decorating. The day was well-worth the time I invested!
My intern, Nora, arrived at my house at 6:10 a.m., and Brad packed up all of my supplies in the car. We were off by 6:30 for an 80 minute drive to Riverside. I was warmly greeted by the set-up committee, and soon my tables were ready.
Here are a few photos of the fun we had!
I returned home happy, relaxed, energized, enthusiastic, optimistic, and feeling very valued and appreciated. It was a GREAT day!