ServiceNet’s TAY Library Dedication
The journey into adulthood can be difficult for all; however, for young adults with severe mental illness, the challenges can seem overwhelming. ServiceNet recognizes the importance of serving these young people (ages 18 – 25) who are transitioning out of children’s mental health services and who are at risk of homelessness, substance abuse, victimization, and criminal involvement.
ServiceNet’s Transitional Age Youth (TAY) program’s staff coaches young adults in strategies for managing their mental health symptoms, and for building natural and community support networks. In addition, they provide support and guidance in life skills such as applying for benefits, managing a budget, and finding safe and stable housing and employment. TAY provides some structured activities to engage the young adults with whom we work and to decrease their isolation. There is a monthly parent support group run in partnership with CSO.
In memory of their son and brother, Brian Foley, who passed away in December 2012 at the age of 56, the Foley family generously contributed $2200 for a library at the TAY program. Mr. Foley, a life-long student with a passion for reading and learning, suffered for many years with persistent mental health issues.
His family chose to honor his memory with a cause that he would have wholly embraced. His sister and member of ServiceNet’s staff, Anne White, noted that “Brian would have been passionate about the goals of the TAY program. He would have seen acquiring new skills and alternate ways of seeing the world through reading as key to the success of the young participants who receive services through ServiceNet’s TAY program.”
ServiceNet is grateful to the Foleys for their generous gift and applauds their belief that reading and learning is a way to help youth better understand themselves and become the authors of their own lives.
Please join ServiceNet and the Foley family in the dedication of the TAY library on November 20th from 4:00 – 5:30 at 296 Nonotuck Street in Florence. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available near the corner of Nonotuck Street and Bliss Street. Signs will be posted.
For more information, contact Anne White, Development Specialist, at 413.582.3793 or firstname.lastname@example.org