GENERAL MEETING: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 10AMGeneral Meetings are a time to welcome visitors, hear guest speakers and discuss club business. We invite women who are new or established residents of Greater Winston-Salem to visit us.
General Meetings are held at 10AM on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1416 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, just off Silas Creek Parkway, via the Bolton Street exit.
July Program: Substance Use Disorders: Not Just a Man’s Issue
Speaker: Kristin O’Leary, Director of Hawley House
Our July speaker, Kristin O’Leary, is Vice President of Supportive Services at the YWCA and Director of Hawley House, a residential recovery facility for women 18 years and older who have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Until the early nineties, most research on substance use disorders focused on men. It is true that men are more likely than women to become addicts, but women face tougher challenges once they become addicted. Women develop medical or social consequences of addiction faster than men, often find it harder to quit using addictive substances, and are more susceptible to relapse.
Residents live at Hawley House for a period of nine-to-twelve months and receive up to six months of aftercare. Affiliated with the Gateway YWCA, Hawley House provides housing, meals, counseling, transportation to work, and case management. Hawley House accepts women struggling with addiction to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, pain pills, and benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety drugs, such as Valium and Xanax). This program is the only licensed women’s substance abuse recovery facility in Forsyth County.
Ms. O’Leary will tell us about the Hawley House program, some of the pathways leading women to substance use disorders, and the challenges they face surrounding their addiction.
A combat veteran of the United States Army, Kristin O’Leary served four years as a medic after completing high school. She worked ten years in the medical field and another ten in retail management before her passion for supporting women in crisis led her to the YWCA. As Vice President of Supportive Service, Kristin directs two programs: Hawley House and Project New Start. She will celebrate ten years at the YWCA next February.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: July 2016
Please RSVP for all events. Non-members who wish to attend one of our events should contact our Membership Coordinator, Jean Isaac, at 336-608-6360 email@example.com for additional information.
EVENING CARDS: Wednesday, 07/06, at 7PM.
DAY TRIP GALS: Friday, 07/08, at 10:30AM.
DINNER OUT: Saturday, 07/09, at 6:30PM
BOOK CLUB: Monday, 07/11, at 10AM: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, 07/12, at 10AM.
BRIDGE: Thursday, 07/14, at 1PM
LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, 07/21, at 11:30AM.
DAY CARDS: Thursday, 07/28, at 1PM.