WATCH Works Fall 2011


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This is the first edition of the WATCH program newsletter for program partiicpants -- WATCH Works.

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WATCH Works Fall 2011

  1. 1. WATCH works Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health For participants of CSIU Project WATCH FALL 2011 My Story: WATCH support helps my family achieve its goals "I would like to introduce myself. from 120-150 miles a day. That was getting pretty My name is Stacey Gallagher. costly in gas with just one income now in my I am married with two children. household, plus I had to pay a babysitter for my My oldest daughter is seven youngest daughter (my oldest has nursing care paid years old and my youngest is 19 for by insurance). months. I have been "This is where Project WATCH has helped a cosmetologist me. WATCH helps with gas mileage and for 12 years. After the birth of my "I want to be helps to pay child care. This allows my husband and I to pay household and oldest child, Lillian, my desire to be one of those other bills. Project WATCH has helped a nurse increased. This was due to nurses!" me to continue with school and to my daughter being born with many concentrate more on school work than special needs that continue today. how I’m going to pay bills. She needs a lot of medical care. I have had the chance to meet some wonderful "Thanks to Project WATCH, I’m almost finished nurses that helped change my family’s life. I want to with PN School and carrying a 98% average. I’m be one of those nurses! very thankful for the help and support I receive from everyone at the program. I hope this program "In August of 2010, I decided it was time for my continues on to help other families like mine achieve family to make a change. We were tired of trying its goals." to make ends meet. In October 2010 I took my pre-entrance exam for the LPN program at CPI. By By Stacey Gallagher, Jersey Shore January I was starting school. I traveled anywhere Central PA Institute of Science and Technology, LPN ProgramProject WATCH staff are asking program In THIS ISSUeparticipants to tell how WATCH is helping yourealize your dreams. Heating assistance available......... 2 Tips for managing stress .................. 2In each edition of WATCH works, a new success Congratulations, graduates!.......... 3story will be featured. To get your story published,contact your Career Coordinator. Eye care services available ........... 4
  2. 2. Heating assistance available through PA LIHeAP The Pennsylvania There are three different ways to apply for LIHEAPApplications Low-Income Home benefits after November 1: Energy Assistanceavailable 1. Apply online using COMPASS, an online tool Program (LIHEAP) helpsNov. 1, 2011 that allows Pennsylvanians to apply for many individuals and families health and human service programs. pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a program that 2. Download an application for LIHEAP benefitsoffers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent and submit it to your local county assistancedirectly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for office. The applications are available onhouseholds in immediate danger of being without the PA Department of Public Welfare’sheat. Benefits depend on household size and web site at heatingassistanceliheap.For more information, contact the LIHEAP hotline 3. Visit your local county assistance office to fillat 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday out a paper application. You can find your local(individuals with hearing impairments may call the office at under “FindTDD number at 1-800-451-5886). Facilities and Locations.”Managing stress in a stress-filled worldIn each edition of this newsletter, we will feature suggestions for reducing and controlling someof the stress in our lives.In a fast-paced world with many demands on our The more you understandtime and energy, stress is unavoidable. Stress can about your stressors, howbe caused by outside forces – some we can control and what you think about inand manage, and some we cannot. difficult situations, and how you organize and manageStress can also originate from within, from what your life, the better able youwe think about and how we interpret life events. will be to control stress.Recognize what generates the stress in your life. After a particularly stressful• What triggers your stress reaction? situation, take time to debrief• Are you doing too much with too little time? yourself on the incident. What• Do you become anxious wondering what others happened? How did you react? Consider keeping are thinking or how you appear to others? a journal to record your reflections or share your• Are there certain people in your life who make thoughts with a friend. you feel stressed?• What are you thinking about when your stress In the next edition, we will look at how to manage levels are at their peak? time and responsibilities to minimize stress.WATCH works 2
  3. 3. Pictured are Project WATCH graduates from HACCs CNA programs. In photo at right (L to R): Sherry Welkom, Tristan Tice, Jeff Hess, Haylee Moyle, Cherie English, Rachel Floyd, Solana Cruz, Tess Bower and Instructor Kathleen Baas In photo below (L to R): Burnida Miller, Jordanna Karns, Kimberly Campbell and Chelsea Starr Congratulations, graduates! Congratulations to the following Project WATCH participants who recently graduated from nursing programs at several regional educational institutions.CenTrAL PennSyLvAnIA Cherie English, Shamokin Dam LeWISToWn HoSPITALInSTITUTe oF SCIenCe And Tammy Fisher, Williamsport SCHooL oF nUrSIngTeCHnoLogy Rachel Floyd, Orangeville Registered Nurse ProgramCertified Nursing Assistant Esther Galentine, Lock Haven Laura Dorman, CoburnProgram Michele Heckman, S. Williamsport Suzanne Ward, Yeagertown Crystal Caskey, Bellefonte Jeffrey Hess, Bloomsburg MIFFLIn jUnIATA CAreerCenTrAL SUSqUeHAnnA Jordanna Karns, Bloomsburg And TeCHnoLogy CenTerLPn CAreer CenTer Christy Kelley, Lewistown Licensed Practical NurseLicensed Practical Nurse Katlyn Lane, Lewistown ProgramProgram Blaise Michalchik, Burnam Tammy Miller, Lewistown Joanna Crosby, Lewisburg Burnida Miller, Bloomsburg Haylee Moyle, Bloomsburg nSb TrAInerSHArrISbUrg AreA Connie Peipher, Selinsgrove Certified Nursing AssistantCoMMUnITy CoLLege Tiana Richardson, Williamsport ProgramCertified Nursing Assistant Brenda Shultz, Williamsport Kimberly Young, BerwickProgram Ashley Shutt, Coal Township Tyrisha Allen, Lock Haven Chelsea Starr, Bloomsburg SUn AreA TeCHnICAL Teresa Bower, Berwick Tristan Tice, Berwick InSTITUTe Nichole Britt, Bloomsburg Lindsay Weaver, Yeagertown Certified Nursing Assistant Kimberly Campbell, Bloomsburg Sherry Welkom, Catawissa Program Lauren Cochran, Beavertown Cortney Yacko, New Columbia Carie Keister, Penns Creek Solana Cruz, Mount Carmel Sherry Zellers, McClure Paula Merwin, Montandon Mandy Dagle, Selinsgrove Hydia Shavers, Lewisburg WATCH works 3
  4. 4. regional eye care services available Pennsylvanians can get assistance obtaining low-cost eye exams and glasses through regional sight service agencies. Each agency has programs for income-eligible adults and children. CenTre, CLInTon And MIFFLIn And jUnIATA CoUnTIeS LyCoMIng CoUnTIeS NuVisions Center North Central Sight Services, Inc. Visit the office at: Pick up an application at: 658 Valley Street, Lewistown 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call 717-242-1444 or 877-741-7411 or call 866-320-2580 CoLUMbIA, MonToUr, norTHUMberLAnd, Snyder And UnIon CoUnTIeS This document was supported by Grant #90FX0011 from the Central Susquehanna Sight Services Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility To have an application mailed to you, of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views call the office at: of HHS. Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health (WATCH) is a 570-286-1471 or 888-646-6644 Health Profession Opportunity Grant and is administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).WATCH works 4 Lewisburg, PA 17837 PO Box 213 Project WATCH