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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC April 22, 2016 5 Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents The Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota 9 Days, 8 Nights - September 17 -25, 2016 - $836 Price Includes: Transportation, lodging, many meals, Wall Drug, Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Tour Deadwood, gaming, Corn Palace, And much more. For information and reservations, contact: Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net M other Nature really fooled me this year. After seven U.P. win- ters - the first starting out with almost two feet of snow in 24 hours, the one a couple years ago with ice bergs in Lake Superior past Memorial Day, the latest with the "brown Christmas" - you might have thought I would have caught on. Alas, no. When Jamie Carter, our intrepid assistant editor, took the "Ice Mass" photos I wondered if waiting until this April issue with the special "Altared" section would be too late to publish them. She's a true Yooper. She said it would be fine. It's now mid-April and out the window I think I can see a guy shoveling snow away from an air conditioning unit to work on it. You just can't predict the weather here, but it is going to snow soon. Life in the U.P., eh? In a way, that's like life in general. We never know where it might take us, what unexpected wind will change things in a heartbeat. So, we make our best plans for today but also need to be prepared for things to change, because we know it's going to snow soon. Or if you're in Florida, think "rain soon." Editor's note: We don't see Paul St. Onge, former maintenance supervisor and office sage, around here much since his retirement last year. However, when he does visit he continues to call our assis- tant editor by the title he gave her: "Ja- mie Carter, cub reporter." She loves that. You're welcome, Jamie. BY CAROL HOLLENBECK THE U.P. CATHOLIC A new, full-service counseling center is serving a growing client base in the K.I. Sawyer/Gwinn area. Catholic Social Services (CSS) opened the clinic in the St. Francis Connection Center, 328 Fortress St., K.I. Sawyer, in mid-February and is already considering adding hours to accommodate demand. It is currently open on Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. "I've approached each of our elected state represen- tatives about the need for greater access to mental health and substance abuse treatment services in our rural U.P. communities," said Kyle Rambo, CSS director. "Rather than wait for the state to address this serious issue, we decided to work together and bring the services to those who need it most. Father Al Mott, Brian Gaudreau (facility manager) and the entire volunteer staff at the St. Francis Connection Center have embraced us from the beginning and really made this endeavor possible." The satellite clinic serves the entire outlying area, even drawing clients from Escanaba and Iron Moun- tain, said clinician Jill Jayne, one of two counselors who see clients there. "It's easier for people coming from those areas. They'd rather travel to Sawyer than Marquette. It's closer," she said. One client who is grateful for the new clinic is Kar- en Nelson, who has been going there almost since it opened. She had been going to counseling sessions with a different agency. "I never knew where I was supposed to go," she said. "Sometimes my appoint- ments were in Gwinn and sometimes at K.I. Sawyer. This is much easier." Nelson has been in therapy for over a year and said switching to a new counselor made her nervous. "I was rather scared to start with someone new, but I adore Denise (Gallippo)," she said. "She's wonderful, and I have a better connection with her than with my previous counselor." Rambo notes that sincere concern for clients is part of the CSS mission. "our therapists combine their expertise with compassionate and warm hearts which creates a positive, life-changing experience for all those we serve," he said. There is a critical need for all types of counseling In the Marquette area and the entire U.P., said Jayne. "Substance abuse is a crit- ical need, but not the only one," she said. "We work to help meet the mission statement of CSS, to nur- ture, stabilize and strength- en the diverse families of the U.P., and that certainly includes the K.I. Sawyer community." Two counselors work at the clinic. Among the services provided at the K.I. Sawyer clinic are men- tal health and substance abuse counseling as well as other therapy. "Right now, we need to get the word out that we are there," Jayne said. "We need to get people in so we can help them feel better. It's slowly, steadily getting busy." For more information or to schedule an appoint- ment, call Catholic Social Services at (906) 227-9119 or visit the website at www.cssup.org. CSS serves people of all faiths and beliefs. Counseling services include individual therapy for those experiencing stress, anxiety and depression for any age group; marriage counseling, family counseling, pregnancy counseling, post-abortion counseling, grief coun- seling, problem gambling counseling and substance abuse counseling. Programs offered include adop- tion/foster care services, adoption home studies, adolescent substance abuse services and a shoplifter's group counseling. There is no charge for pregnancy counseling. CSS participates with most insurances, and does not re- fuse services to anyone because of an inability to pay. Catholic Social Services opens new clinic providing needed services at K.I. Sawyer HERE AM I John Fee It's going to snow soon

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