Thanks to a grant from AmerisourceBergen Foundation, United Way convened Resilient Communities, a conversation around challenges that students face today.
More than 100 representatives of schools, nonprofit organizations and community members joined the conversation held at Mount Saint Mary College.
Carlton Hall, President and CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting, was the keynote speaker and discussed the importance of prevention.
A panel discussion followed with Dr. Irina Gelman (Commissioner of Health for Orange County), Jo Ann Brown (NAMI Mid-Hudson) and Jean-Marie Niebuhr, LCSW-R (Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health). Later, Regina T. Cieslak (Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster) and Sergeant Fernandez (National Guard) provided Narcan training and free kits to everyone in attendance.
Rx Disposal Kits, donated by AmerisourceBergen, were distributed as well and over 5,000 items, including school supplies, hygiene products and books through United Way’s Day of Sharing program.