Children's Home offers Outpatient Therapy

The children are reading and writing in new classrooms and playing in a fabulous new gym at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home.

The school facilities are just part of the signature Welcome Center, which will be dedicated at 2 p.m. April 22, and includes staff offices and therapy meeting rooms. The sparkling new facility has also made it possible to offer outpatient therapy to the community.

The building project has been two years in the making for the more than 160-year-old home in Fort Mitchell, which provides children ages 6-14 with residential care while teachers and therapists help them work through emotional or behavioral difficulties.

Foster care, adoption and family therapy are all part of the mix.

Executive Director Sister Jean Marie Hoffman, S.N.D., beams as she walks through the new building, pointing out the separate entrances, which provide privacy to the young residents as well as to families and individuals arriving for outpatient therapy and classes designed to strengthen parenting skills and reunite families.

Certainly anyone who questioned Sister Jean Marie’s dream for the new facilities — launching a $3.8 million fund drive in the middle of a struggling economy — has caught on by now. Her passion for the children is contagious. Her “can-do” attitude makes it happen.

She is quick to thank the volunteers, donors, board members and community leaders who realized the dream.

Now, the home has opened its doors to the rest of the community, offering therapy programs for individuals, groups, families and couples. Help is available with issues including anxiety and depression, family conflict, grief, divorce, addictions, stress management and work challenges. Most of the services are covered by insurance and self-pay is available.

The Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell. (859) 331-2040, ext. 8429, or www.dcchome.org.

— Dianne Gebhardt-French

Swing into Spring Fundraiser
7 p.m. April 28

Summit Hills Country Club
Details: www.dcchome.org

Teens Head to Africa

All they are asking for is a prayer and a check. Five Fort Mitchell Baptist Church teenagers are looking for support as they prepare for a 12-day mission trip in June to the Mattaw Children’s Village in Kitale, Kenya.

Jennifer Sanders, the wife of youth minister B. J. Sanders, will accompany the girls. The teens will read and play with the children at the orphanage.

Church youth have traveled to Tennessee and North Carolina to work with seniors and children but this is their first international mission trip. “Kenya should expand their world significantly,” says minister Sanders. To raise the $2,500 each girl needs for the trip, they are sending letters to family and friends, serving lunch and participating in a dessert auction at the church’s annual Easter banquet.

Donations may be sent to the Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, 2323 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 41017.

— Michelle Tufano

St. E’s, Roncker’s offer Clinics

With the Flying Pig Marathon just a couple months away and weeks of training under runners’ belts, sore knees, pulled hamstrings and twisted ankles are aplenty.

That’s why St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine and Bob Roncker’s Running Spot are working together to offer a free monthly runner’s injury clinic at the St. E’s Sports Medicine Center in Edgewood, Ky. “We’ve been doing this for a couple years now,” says Bob Roncker, owner of Bob Roncker’s Running Spot. “We’re happy to do something so particular and have been having these things at some store locations in Ohio. This has been an opportunity to offer them in Kentucky.”

Clinics run the second Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m., offering runners assistance from St. E’s local medical providers, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians, and a registered dietitian. To schedule a consultation, visit www.st.elizabeth.com/sportsmedicine or www.runningspot.com.

St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine Center, 830 Thomas More Parkway, Suite 101, Edgewood, Ky., (859) 301-5600.

— Julianna Roche