Reliance Health Gets a New Home!
For years, Reliance Health has had a goal to own a space that would allow us to once again offer a variety of programs under one roof. We have drawn plans to build, we have explored vacant mills, we have toured offices for sale but we had yet to find the right space.
For the past year, discussions have been taking place to purchase a building that meets our many needs: keeps us in downtown Norwich, allows for synchronicity between programs, accommodates our growing square footage demands, is well maintained and accessible, offers parking, and provides flexibility for creative programmatic growth. That space is now ours.
2017 Top Workplace
Reliance Health was honored, once again, to be nominated by it's employees as a Top Workplace! Not only did our employee survey result in a 2nd place ranking among mid-sized Connecticut companies, but we won the additional distinction of receiving top scores for "Direction" among ALL of the companies surveyed across the state. We had a fantastic evening celebrating, laughing, and mugging for the camera. The event, held at the Aqua Turf Club, was beautiful.
Norwich WinterFest 5K Updates
Planning for our 5th Annual WinterFest 5K is coming along nicely! We have Matthew’s Catering providing 4 varieties of soups for participants and volunteers, Kelley’s Pace in the Mystic Village has donated a $25 gift card that we plan to raffle off, and several sponsors have stepped up to support this community wellness event. Have you started training yet? Be sure to train for hills, as this course has a tough one!
Rally at the Capitol - September 7, 2017
Yesterday, Reliance Health staff and members joined with the non-profit community to advocate for our state legislatures to pass a budget and protect community services. We stood on the steps of our State Capitol to put faces to the numbers. We cannot allow our budget crisis to rest on the shoulders of the non-profit community. We need a responsible and moral budget and we need it now.
An Easy Way to Double Your Donation
Through a variety of programs aimed at building skills and increasing independence, Reliance Health helps over 1,000 individuals with mental health barriers work toward realizing their dreams. Many of these dreams include returning to work, learning to use public transportation, getting connected to doctors, furthering education, and obtaining safe and affordable housing.
Finding Confidence on the Water
Members of our Teamworks Clubhouse have experienced substantial growth this summer. Each Monday, members have been given the opportunity to get out on the water in 5 kayaks purchased through a generous grant from Dime Bank's Dime Foundation. These adventures have been monumental in assisting members in gaining confidence, overcoming anxiety, developing leadership skills, and building connections with others.
We Need Your Help
Friends, WE NEED YOUR HELP.
As you have no doubt heard, the State of Connecticut has not yet passed a budget. As a result, State Departments are asking non-profit providers like Reliance Health to submit plans reducing our annualized budgets by 2.5% and incraesing to 10% until a state budget is passed.
Thos numbers sound small, but we can assure you they are not.
5th Annual Norwich WinterFest 5K - Sponsors Needed!
On November 25th, 2017, hundreds of runners and spectators will be gathering at Norwich Free Academy for the 5th annual Norwich WinterFest 5K. Will you join Reliance Health and the Hartford Marathon Foundation as we bring the crowds to Norwich for this feel good, community wellness event?
Norwich WinterFest 5K - November 26th
Are you a runner, walker, or someone who values mental and physical wellness? Join us for the Norwich WinterFest 5K happening on Saturday, November 26th! We're gearing up for our 4th annual event featuring the Hartford Marathon Foundation, massage therapist, vendors, face painting, soup, and runners in costume. Not a runner or walker? That's OK! We love volunteers too!
Introducing Reliance Health...
As you may have noticed, Reliance House is getting a new name, Reliance Health. For years we have been poorly served by the concept of the term “house”. With the recent addition of our outpatient clinic, we recognize the need to connect the agency’s name with our mission statement, “enhancing health through mental wellness”. The name Reliance Health better represents what we are, a multifaceted community mental health center.
Top Workplaces 2016
Out of 975 companies surveyed by The Courant for Top Workplace standing, only 61 received Top Workplace recognition in 2016. We're proud to be ranked #2 in the mid-sized division! We also received a special award for having such amazing managers.
Mental Illness Feels Like...
Nicole Reynolds - Development
Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month, a month dedicated to spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. This May, Mental Health America had established the theme "Life with a Mental Illness". They called on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures, and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike.
Norwich Winterfest 5K
For the past three years, Reliance House has been partnering with the Hartford Marathon Foundation to bring mental wellness, fun, and physical activity to the Norwich community. We're excited to be doing it again on November 26th, 2016 as we prepare for our 4th annual Norwich Winterfest 5K road race!
Wellness at Work and Beyond
Sheila Lake, Service Director
Hi, I am Sheila Lake. I have worked at Reliance House for 20 years and am currently a Service Director for 6 different programs. As I have grown and learned from so many people, particularly our members and staff, I came to realize how closely our mental and physical health are entwined.
Rappelling for Recovery
Carrie Dyer, Chief Operating Officer
For me, Tuesday, July 29th was not an average day in the office. With the help of Cigna, I was able to represent Reliance House at the "Shatterproof Challenge" at the Hartford Hilton. The event consisted of rappelling down the 22 story Hilton Hartford and it was, simply put, AMAZING.