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EPIPHANY LEAGUE KICKS OFF 2020! Epiphany League President, Nan Bouton, welcomed members back from summer break to kick off the 2020 year. Since 2006, the League has been at the heart of Epiphany Center, supporting our mission of strengthening and transforming the lives of vulnerable women and children. We are humbled by the League for their efforts in orchestrating fundraising events, volunteering onsite, and active leadership as advocates of Epiphany Center. Epiphany is blessed to have 20 volunteer League members with varied backgrounds

FALL 2019

that provide a wide array of expertise for the agency. We are inspired by our (not one but two!) 94 year-old League members LaVerne Reiterman and Kathryn Ringgold who hearten us with their tireless energy, their grace, and their unwavering compassion for helping others. “Getting these women back on their feet and having their faith renewed is most important,� Ms. Ringgold says. The indomitable spirit of Mrs. Reiterman and Ms. Ringgold and the entire League is a shining example to us all!

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This summer we were honored to partner with GoogleServe! This annual Google event matches Google employees around the world with service projects in their local communities. Epiphany was thrilled to have Googlers spend over 3 hours repainting our fence, laying down sod (they gave us a new, green lawn!), and cleaning up our community vegetable garden so that our fall harvest could be planted. We are still marveling at all they accomplished in such a short amount of time. Thanks to this group of ROCK STAR Googlers for their time, energy, and magic!


Benefit Party & Show Thursday, March 12, 2020

Celebrating Mothers Luncheon Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Co-Chairs, Diane Blackman, Debi Curley & Carmen Hedlund Doyle

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A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends of Epiphany,

Resiliency is a wonderful value to reflect on in relation to our women who come to us seeking support to their efforts to overcome years and even lifetimes of obstacles to healthy growth. I turned to my “go to guru” for a definition of Resilience and Google led me to this: “Resilience means knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing, and able, to overcome obstacles to get it. It has to do with your emotional strength.” Resilience and emotional strength. strength The only way we can know resilience is by how one handles hardships, challenges, obstacles, tragedies for the long haul. Each of us handles the crises in our lives differently. The women whom you give a hand-up to through your support of Epiphany Center, have all had to come face to face with years of abuse, homelessness, jail and other traumas that they dealt with through substance abuse, but each of them was able to get in touch with that part of herself that believed she had the resilience, the emotional strength and the ability to make lifegiving choices. One way or another, they each found Epiphany Center. It takes resilience, the ability to fail, but to not quit, to overcome addictions. In my first two years, we have had a few women who have relapsed and left, but who came back because they knew how badly they wanted their lives to be different. One woman, on her return, gave me a hug and said, “Sister, I’m back, and I am going to get everything I can from Epiphany, and make it this time.” Our women are here because they do believe in themselves and they do have hope, and they are truly resilient. You and I are here because we believe in them and their emotional strength, their resiliency, too. We are their Cheerleaders, and we help them keep their hope alive through their successes in achieving sobriety and re-gaining their lives and dreams. As we thank God this Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for each woman and child He has sent us. And, we thank God for each of you who make our services possible. May God bless you, your families and all those you love with His Joy and Peace. Gratefully,

Sister Betty Marie Dunkel, D.C.



A PEARL IN A SEA OF NEED Martha P. Wilson, Ph.D., affectionately known as “Dr. Marti,” has been one of the strengths behind the scenes of Epiphany Center since 2017. Dr. Marti has been assisting Epiphany Center by providing consultation and in-service training to our program staff on topics such as Resiliency, Accountability, Compassionate Care, and Honesty. Dr. Marti’s specialized background and expertise strengthen Epiphany’s program staff in their challenging work in helping women with children who struggle with addiction and mental illness. As a Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Marti works in a specialty area that requires significant education in criminal justice, corrections, and criminality in addition to the usual education and training in clinical psychology. Significant experience and training within the jails, prisons, and juvenile halls, is essential for understanding the experience of those involved in the criminal justice system. Dr. Marti is a believer that anyone who enters treatment is a success story, even if they drop out or relapse. During her last inservice presentation she shared: “Every moment in recovery is a huge accomplishment that allows a person’s body and mind to take a break from the ravages of drug use. Nationwide there are so many women with children who struggle with addiction, mental illness, and who are disenfranchised and marginalized. The current trend (and therefore funding) in drug addiction treatment is short-term treatment. Epiphany has been committed to longterm treatment for dually diagnosed clients knowing full well that the cycle of addiction, mental illness, incarceration, homelessness and numerous other attendant problems does not resolve within 30, 60 or even 90 days of treatment. Epiphany staff understand that the complexity of working one’s way out of these challenges requires not only treatment but requires time, a safe setting, support and role models in order to access resilience to heal and emerge stronger and self-sufficient. The value of the length of stay and the safe setting complimented by the amazing staff make Epiphany Center 'a pearl in a sea of need.' The challenge now is for Epiphany to preserve these qualities while funding sources are clamoring for shorter treatment to accommodate Medicare reimbursement."

We thank God for YOU and all that you do for Epiphany! All of us at Epiphany Center wish YOU and your family a very

Happy Thanksgiving!

ROAD TO RESILIENCE We are thrilled to share that Epiphany Center has expanded our services to include the Road to Resilience (R2R) project made possible by a grant through the Office of Child Abuse Prevention. Epiphany’s R2R project launched in July and focuses on increasing positive outcomes for pregnant women and mothers with infants (0-12 months), and reducing the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The project helps each mom and baby find safety and stability through our services and referrals and ensures women are able to connect to and receive the help needed to achieve their goals. The project’s focus is preventative. When it comes to building up resilience, the earlier the better. “The project helps the moms get the services they need. We can start with prevention, and these preventions promote resilience. That is the goal!” says Cheryl Sundheim, M.A., Project Director. In fact, healthy relationships are the cornerstone for the success of this project. Says Ms. Sundheim, “The Road to Resilience project is to help both mom and baby develop resilience because for the purposes of this project, the mom is the most important person in that child’s life. Our work is to have supports in place to improve the bond between mother and infant.”

To meet the individual needs of each mother and infant, the project employs Navigators who work to build strong collaborative partnerships with various agencies and organizations. R2R offers the mothers referrals to social-service organizations such as recovery programs, parent education, family therapy, legal assistance, medical care, and housing.

In addition, we are able to refer participants to our own programs such as our on-site childcare, In-Home Services, Recovery Treatment, and our Pediatric Clinic. Not only do the Navigators connect with City agencies, they go out into the community doing outreach directly connecting with pregnant women and mothers. Whether that be in a homeless shelter in Bayview or on the streets in the

Tenderloin, our Navigators serve as a bridge to the right resources for moms and infants. Many of the mothers we reach out to do not know where to turn for help or how to begin the healing process. Our team works to secure the safety of those women and to advocate on their behalf. The project also offers parenting classes, which are one-on-one with our Parenting Counselor. Most of the parents we serve grew up in trauma, and parenting with a trauma history requires specific guidance and coaching. “We are providing parents an opportunity to change, to grow, and to learn parenting with their infant,” notes our R2R Parenting Counselor. The details of this funded project with the Office of Child Abuse Prevention include that Epiphany play a role in contributing its learnings -- along with nine other agencies in the state -- to an outside evaluation team that is measuring developmental outcomes across these nine agencies. Epiphany Center is excited to contribute to a broader picture of learning. We are proud to offer these services to help even more women go after their dreams.

CELLI BROTHERS DELIVER BOUNTY We started the season of giving with the Celli Brothers! They made a trip up from their Stockton farm to deliver a fall bounty of pumpkins and almonds for everyone at Epiphany. David and Robert Celli have been farming on land donated to Epiphany Center in 1996 for over 15 years. This partnership has been an ever-growing blessing! Their harvests also include watermelons and cherries. Epiphany is blessed to receive these seasonal gifts from the Celli Brothers! EPIP H A N Y C EN T ER


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CLIENT CORNER: IN HER OWN WORDS When I entered Epiphany Center, I was fighting for my life and on the verge of losing custody of my son. My first few weeks I faced a hard realization: I wasn’t fit to keep my child. I was overwhelmed with guilt and shame for what I allowed us to go through, and where my addiction had led us. Addiction could have taken his life, and it would have been at the hands of his own mother. Today, I fight for my sobriety and for my son as hard as I fought for that next fix. I nurture my child and my recovery as hard as I nurtured my addiction. I am able to look in the mirror and accept myself. Epiphany Center has been my lifeline – Epiphany allowed me to transform my life. Currently I am working at a dog rescue program and much like them, I was lost and abandoned waiting for someone to rescue me. Epiphany rescued me. Today I can admit I love myself fully and know that I am at least as good as anyone else. Epiphany helped me

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understand myself and my disease. I learned how to share openly and honestly. Last May, I completed Epiphany’s residential program; I am now a proud Epiphany Alumni! I was excited to be able to apply and be accepted to the Epiphany Step-Down transitional housing program. Step-Down will give me newfound freedom, but it will still keep me closely tied to the services and support of Epiphany’s recovery program. Step-Down allows women like me to have the opportunity to continue our sobriety in a safe environment. Many of us have never experienced a comfortable, stable, and safe home environment; I never have. Step-Down is a sanctuary for me and my son. I hope one day to work as a mom in recovery helping other moms in recovery. Today, I am independent, self-sufficient, and living in the present. Epiphany “thank you” for rescuing us!

Epiphany Center strengthens family life through programs faithful to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, rooted in Judeo-Christian values and the tradition of service of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Epiphany Center provides client-centered care to a diverse population of women, children, and families, who are most vulnerable in our society. Our purpose is to enhance the physical, socialemotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of each person in our care. Our vision is to create a safe environment that reflects the belief that each EP person is N created byTGod, IPHA Y CE N E R is endowed with unique gifts, and is worthy of respect. We believe that our care for individuals enriches their present and future lives, the lives of their families and, through them, the community in which we live.




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