Worcester Youth To Recognize Citizens At Annual Celebration

BERLIN — On Friday, Nov. 9, Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc. will hold its Annual Celebration to celebrate 43 years of serving the community.

The celebration will be held in the Ray Community Room, in the Worcester Youth & Family office, located at 124 North Main Street in Berlin, from 5-7 p.m. The event is offered free of charge, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Phillip Cropper and Worcester Technical High School. Live entertainment will be provided by local jazz musician Everett Spells. Taylor Bank is sponsoring the annual celebration.

Each year, Worcester Youth & Family recognizes individuals for their support and dedication to the agency’s mission. The honorees are presented with wall décor in their name in the shape of a “sun” to represent the “rays of hope” these individuals have offered the community. This year the following community members will be recognized: Judge Peggy (“Mary Margaret”) Kent, Worcester County Circuit Court, Outstanding Supporter; Pat Oltman with Stevenson United Methodist Church, Outstanding Contributors; Helen Wiley, with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Outstanding Contributors; Carol Rose and Suzanne Parks, with Buckingham Presbyterian Church, Outstanding Contributors; and Mary Yenney and Susan Hogan, with The Community Church of Ocean Pines, Outstanding Contributors. Also honored will be Dr. Jennifer Leggour for her 10 years of outstanding service as Worcester Youth & Family’s clinical director.

This year, Worcester Youth & Family served more than 1,000 friends and neighbors by helping to prevent homelessness; supporting and empowering at-risk adolescent girls and boys; offering cultural, educational and wellness experiences to children during out of school time; providing comprehensive counseling and therapy services to those coping with life’s stressors; and advocating for neglected and abused children so they may have a brighter future.

Worcester Youth & Family is a non-profit organization located in Berlin and has been serving the community since 1975. Worcester Youth & Family serves people of all ages by offering a broad spectrum of services, including mental health counseling, youth and adolescent enrichment programs, advocacy for abused and neglected children, and empowerment programs for those less fortunate.