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Youth & Family Services of H-K: October 2018 News & Events

Submitted by Laurie E. Ruderfer, Youth & Family Services of H-K.

(Oct. 23, 2018) — Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth has had a busy couple of months after a quiet period over the summer.  Two new staff members have joined our team and hit the ground running. Our new Executive Director, Laurie Ruderfer, of Madison, has been busy learning about our towns, the agency, activities, our funding, the needs of our community and how Youth & Family Service can meet those needs and serve both Haddam and Killingworth. Our new Prevention Coordinator, Lindsey Lehet is a long-time resident of Haddam. She will facilitate our Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition and work directly with student groups in the middle and high school and community groups and parents throughout town. Our Clinical Director, Sean Macauley, Director of our Counseling Department and his small staff and interns continue to meets with children, families, couples and senior citizens for individual or group needs.

We are here for you and want to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to call any one of us if you need assistance or have an idea.  For counseling services and help we participate with several insurance companies and will work with every family regardless of insurance. Call (860) 345-7498, anytime, to speak with any of us.


DRUG TAKE BACK DAY FOR THE COMMUNITY, OUR YOUTH AND OUR ENVIRONMENT: This is a national DEA sponsored event and this fall we will be hosting a site for ALL area residents on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Higganum Family Pharmacy at 23 Killingworth Rd. (Rt. 81). (An event at the Killingworth Pharmacy will be held in the Spring).

What: Bring your unused or expired prescription and over the counter meds to drop off for safe disposal. Veterinary meds are also welcome. Remove labels or cross off your name with black marker, if possible and remember, we DO NOT ACCEPT needles!

Why: This is a great way for you to clean out all those medications that may be accidentally mistaken for other prescriptions, misused, or otherwise contaminate the water supply.

Our Resident Trooper will be there to greet and thank you!

THE 25th Annual PUMPKIN RUN!!  Sunday October 28, 2018 on the Higganum Green. Come for the Kids’ races and a 5k Run; events starting at 11:00 a.m. and will include face painting, cookie decorating and pumpkin decorating.  Register ahead of time on HARTFORDMARATHON.com or look for our event and sign up as walk in registrations will also be accepted on the day of the event. We are New Englanders so don’t let the threat of a little rain stop you from coming to join us for a fun day to benefit the children and youth of HK! Runners in costume are encouraged!

STUFF-A-CRUISER TOY DRIVE EVENTS IN HADDAM AND KILLINGWORTH: An opportunity for neighbor to give to neighbor and share the gift of holiday spirit, what is best about living where we live and what we do so well.  Dates: November 24, 2018 in Haddam and December 2, 2018 in Killingworth.  Details will be shared shortly.

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