TopOctober 2014
In This Issue
Dispelling Myths About Behavioral Health Disorders
Fundraiser for New Children and Adolescents Center
Our Indiegogo Campaign and Upcoming Art Events
Letter from Volunteer Barbara Cantor
October Employee of the Month
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Special Events

Double Nutritional Benefits Available at Two Annapolis Farmers Markets

Sundays until November 2014


Every Sunday, you can spend your SNAP, WIC, or Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons at these farmers markets and they will double your coupons for an extra value of up to $15 per shopper, per day. See below for details on which market accepts which coupons.


Annapolis Fresh Farm Market


8 a.m. - noon

Donner Parking Lot, Compromise Street

(202) 362-8889

Accepts WIC, Senior FMNP


Westfield Annapolis Farmers Market


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Corner of Generals Highway and Bestgate Road

(410) 222-7410

Accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, Senior FMNP


Outsider Art Inside the Beltway

Oct. 11 

From 1 to 4 p.m.

At Art Enables,

2204 Rhode Island Ave NE in Washington, D.C.


Disability Awareness Day

Oct. 25

At Westfield Annapolis Mall.

Call 410-222-4383 for more information, or

view the event flyer here


Reflections of a Community

Fri., Nov. 14 

From 6 to 9 p.m.

At Arundel Lodge.

Art show and collaborative art event featuring works from the Arundel Lodge community.

 Monthly Meetings and Groups

 NAMI Family Support Group

Thurs., Oct. 9 

7 to 8:30 p.m.
At Arundel Lodge. 
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel.

Open Eye Gallery Committee Meeting 

Fri., Nov. 7
11 a.m. 
At Arundel Lodge.
Held on the first Friday of each month. All are welcome. Email Katerina Evans
 or call her at (443) 433-5961 with any questions. 

 Lodge Links 

Mental Health Links

NAMI Anne Arundel County 


On Our Own of Maryland 




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Happy fall!
The Halloween season is filled with many mystical myths. It's a good time to learn the facts surrounding some common myths about behavioral health disorders. 

Also in this month's newsletter, learn how you can double the value of your donations to Arundel Lodge!

Mark your calendar for upcoming art events featuring dynamic work from the Arundel Lodge community, hear from volunteer Barbara Cantor about how volunteering is a real treat for her, and read about October's Employee of the Month.
Dispelling Myths About Behavioral Health Disorders


As Halloween approaches, we are bombarded with myths about ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. Myths about behavioral health disorders are around all year long.


Some impending Halloween celebrations that include "haunted asylum" events and "mental patient" costumes, however, serve to propagate some of the biggest myths of all regarding mental illness. We're here to do some myth-busting! 


Myth: People who have a behavioral health disorder are more likely to be dangerous or violent. 


Fact: The truth is that the vast majority of people with these disorders are not violent. Many studies have found little or no difference between rates of violence among people with mental illness as compared to others. It's also a fact that individuals with behavioral health disorders are more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators.


Myth: People who have behavioral health disorders are rare.


Fact: Sadly, mental illness is not that uncommon.

Behavioral health disorders affect nearly
one of every five adults in the United States,
according to the
National Institute of Mental Health.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 4 million children and adolescents have a serious behavioral health disorder that causes "significant impairments at home, school and with peers."


This myth may derive from a lack of understanding of what constitutes a behavioral health disorder, and of course, it's perpetuated by the shame and stigma associated with mental illness. The topic of behavioral health is rarely broached in everyday conversation, except when brought up by the national media after a tragedy has occurred, and very little education is provided in schools.


The first step to busting this myth is more proactive, productive conversation about behavioral health and the steps our community can take to help those in need.


Myth: People don't recover from behavioral health disorders.


Fact: It's important to note that a change in the concept of what constitutes recovery has taken place over time and that it continues to evolve. Recovery in the context of behavioral health disorders is considered a journey, unique to every individual and possible for all!


In 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a list of the 10 fundamental components of recovery: Hope, Person-driven, Many Pathways, Holistic, Peer Support, Relational, Culture, Addresses Trauma, Strengths and Responsibility, and Respect.

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Arundel Lodge Raising Funds for New Children and Adolescents Behavioral Health Center


Now is your chance to double the value of the dollars you donate to Arundel Lodge!


A fundraiser by Stephen and Beverly Marcus will support a new Children and Adolescents Center.

Beverly and Stephen Marcus have offered a matching donation of $50,000 for funds raised for the Children and Adolescents Behavioral Health Center to be created at Arundel Lodge's main campus. 


Beverly is a retired Certified and Licensed Master Social Worker who advocates for mental health education and early intervention services for children and families, and her husband Stephen operates the family business, Best Tile Distributors, Inc. They live in Edgewater.


This generous offer means that if Arundel Lodge raises $50,000 for the Center, above and beyond the $70,000 we have received in state and county grants, we'll receive another $50,000 from the Marcus family.


"I was excited to learn of plans by Mike Drummond, executive director of Arundel Lodge, to open a Children and Adolescents Center," said Beverly. "I was impressed by Mike's passion, achievements, and ability to provide innovative services. I knew I wanted to contribute to the clinic's establishment and success."


Dr. Brian Sims, Cathy and Torsten Astrom, and guest speaker William Kellibrew IV.
Our new Children and Adolescents Behavioral Health Center will fill a longstanding void in Anne Arundel County for treatment to this underserved population and will include two play therapy rooms. We need a total of $355,000 to fully fund the project.

You can read more online about the treatment of children with behavioral health disorders and about the connection between trauma and these disorders.


Beverly and Stephen Marcus kicked off the Arundel Lodge challenge with a fundraiser on Sept. 30 at their beautiful home on the South River. The theme was "You're a big piece of the puzzle. We won't be complete without you!"

Dr. Enrique Olivares plays guitar.


Guest speakers included our Executive Director Mike Drummond; William Kellibrew IV, who has appeared on Oprah and recounted his experience with trauma and his journey through the healing process while in therapy at age 14; and Joan B. Gillece, Ph.D., Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Center for Trauma Informed Care and SAMHSA Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices, and Program Manager for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).


More than 85 guests attended the event and enjoyed the classical guitar sounds of Arundel Lodge's own Dr. Enrique Olivares, a magical sunset over the South River, and hors d'oeuvres provided by Philadelphia's famous Jimmy Duffy's Caterers. It was a fantastic evening, and so far Arundel Lodge has raised about $35,000 toward the $50,000 match.


Please help us meet our goal by donating below.




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We've Kicked Off Our Indiegogo Campaign!


Our new Reflection Tree will provide the fruit of joyous reflection in our Serenity Garden, an oasis of healing and wellness started this past summer with the help of our Gallery Committee. It will be the focal point of our garden, which will also host a labyrinth, benches, and native plants (many of which have already been planted).
Visit our Indiegogo page now
and help plant our Reflection Tree!

Trees are symbols of nature and renewal, life and energy, growth, spirituality, commemoration, and reflection. They bear fruit, provide shelter, and heal. Arundel Lodge's Reflection Tree, created by human hands out of materials forged from the earth, will also be multi-purpose and mulit-symbolic. 

It will stand where a beautiful old oak tree that succumbed to disease once stood, filing a void and symbolizing nature and renewal; it will reflect the brilliance of the sun and beautiful faces that look into its tiny mirrors, symbolizing life, energy, and growth; and with names inscribed on the surface of its sparkling pieces of glass, it will commemorate those who will always be with us in spirit. 

Upcoming Art Events
Our November art exhibit titled "Reflections: Celebrating the Artistic Identity of a Healing Community" will reveal the essence of the community of individuals connected by the healing program known as Arundel Lodge. Submission of art is open to all those connected to Arundel Lodge--artists receiving services, volunteers, staff, board members, and committee members. Join our celebration! For submission guidelines, contact Katerina Evans or Lindsey Butler. The deadline to submit is Oct. 20.

The opening reception for this show will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Arundel Lodge. We will have a "flashy" making workshop so everyone can take part in creating our Reflection Tree. Visit our Indiegogo page!

"The Pier" by Margaret O'Brien

"The World As I See It" features artwork by Lee Hansen, Andy Barlotta, Christian McCarrol, Marisa Bolen, Colin Lacey, Melinda Cannon, Leah Loebner, Elizabeth Hooper, Solomon Queen, Bert Lundgren, Heidi Richardson, Margaret O'Brien, Haran Wright, Kevin Clarke, Diane Armstrong, Rahel Polgreen, Anonymous, and Lois Agee. 


The exhibit is on display through Jan. 26, 2015 at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Gallery 90, located at 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena.

Ninety percent of all proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to the artists and Arundel Lodge, and 10 percent will go to Hospice of the Chesapeake.

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Letter from Arundel Lodge Volunteer Barbara Cantor


One of Arundel Lodge's fantastic volunteers, Barbara Cantor, responded to last month's newsletter article that mentioned the benefits of volunteering for your health and well-being. Barbara wrote:


Volunteer Barbara Cantor

The articles in the September newsletter about volunteering and depression were so on point for me. I have been depressed off and on for years, even in college and I have often found solace in volunteering.


[My depression] climaxed when, after 52 years of marriage, my husband died following an agonizing, long-term illness whose cause we never found. Recently, I experienced devastation again when my close friend was put on suicide watch. I have guilty feelings that I did not realize how very low she was getting...People do not realize, however, that depression can come on even when there is nothing wrong, that it is an illness.


I have volunteered all my life (co-op nursery schools, PTA, political campaigns, charities, various local and international boards) and I agree that giving as a volunteer can relieve loneliness, boredom, and even depression. Now, I volunteer for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, World Artist Experiences, and I'm also on the board of the Senior Center. Regrettably, I did not know about Arundel Lodge sooner, but now happily volunteer at the Open Eye Gallery at Arundel Lodge.  


I like working with and being with people, so over the years [volunteering] has kept me from eating or drinking away my sadness. How much better the world would be if more people gave up their soap operas, one golf day, or shopping and volunteered somewhere.


To learn more about the causes of depression and misconceptions about the illness, take a look at this online quiz.


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Congratulations to Tanya St. John, October Employee of the Month

Our Employee of the Month for October is Tanya St. John, our development director!

Tanya St. John

Here is some of the praise her co-workers shared for Tanya:

"She has changed the face of ALI and works tirelessly.  She's a great example of the wonderful people who are Arundel Lodge."

"Tanya has done a lot for Arundel Lodge, including raising money! She does a great job with the newsletter, has high energy, team spirit galore, and is a super nice person!"

"Tanya organized our first fundraiser in a long time! We still need to work out a few kinks, but with a team effort, she can do it."

Congratulations, Tanya! 


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