Dominican Republic

Spreading Awareness for the Health of Our Community

By Yolanda Gonzalez Malave, Program Assistant & HR Coordinator Guara Bi – Dominican Republic recently participated in an outreach event in collaboration with the National Council for AIDS Treatment (CONAVISIDA) that focused on education to the community regarding the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and the prevention of drug abuse. This event was aimed at […]


The Other Side of the Fence

By Carol Dochow, LMHC, Program Coordinator As a society, we often find ourselves judging individuals who have violated the law and believe they deserve incarceration as a punishment. What we frequently don’t realize is that many offenders are incarcerated due to behaviors related to mental health and/or substance use disorders. Although incarceration can be a […]


Holley LS Fest West at Las Vegas Speedway

By Darlene Terrill, Regional Administrator In late April, WestCare Nevada’s transitional housing clients were offered the opportunity to earn money at the Holley LS Fest West 2021 three-day race weekend at the Las Vegas Speedway. The invitation came from the Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA) Membership Director, Carrie Strange, and President/CEO/Co-Founder, Jimi Day, who invited […]


“Dying Matters”

By Nevaeh M. Drugs, most of us know it, While others don’t, for whom people who take them wait, For freedom because they are trapped in a dying matter, Which they can’t escape. It’s pain for family, friends or anyone. Harmful depression, lack of energy, trapped by demons that take over who they are, Who […]

Pacific Islands

Creating Brighter Futures

By Katrina Carranza, School-Based Clinician and Daime Rivera, Youth Services Specialist, Ma’lak Na Ha’åni May was Mental Health Awareness Month. And our team in Guam is making sure people make their mental health a priority! WestCare Pacific Islands’ youth program, Ma’lak Na Ha’ani or Bright Futures, is a trauma treatment program for youth ages eleven […]

Puerto Rico

The Certification in Addiction Conference

By Yolanda Gonzalez Malave, Program Assistant & HR Coordinator Thanks to a collaborative education and business development agreement with the country of Argentina, we were proud to partner with Asociación Civil Modelo Minnesota, Un Regalo de Dios, and the Education Ministry of Uruguay to present as part of the recent International Certification in Addiction conference […]


Planting the Seed

By Emily Selby, Case Manager/BHT, WestCare Arizona WestCare Arizona’s Hildy’s House residential treatment program is growing in full force! Being creative and innovative to guide our women in recovery is always at the forefront. When a client arrives at the facility, they are often broken and have lost much of their self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence. […]


In Vaccine Search, Love and Community Find a Way

Wire Article By Cary Clack, San Antonio Express-News A few weeks ago, two teachers who’d once worked together crossed paths in a local Costco. It had been more than 20 years, but even behind their masks, the two women recognized each other. Their conversation quickly turned to COVID-19, with one expressing frustration that she’d been […]


Celebrating the Service of Glenn Pannkuk

By Barbara Ruiter, Data Entry An avid supporter of FAVA/WestCare Iowa throughout the years, Glenn Pannkuk has presented a regular Veteran’s Day event for our program and has always been supportive of our annual chili cook-off and silent auction fundraising events. “I have been supportive of FAVA mainly because of what you do for our […]


Learning and Practicing Better Health

By Jack Shaw, MCAP, Counselor The clients and staff of Turning Point in St. Petersburg hosted an informational health fair organized by the third-year doctor of physical therapy students from Gannon University in Ruskin, Florida. Topics covered were: “Sleep and Sleep Hygiene,” “The Importance of Staying Hydrated” and “More Stretching, Less Stressing.” The fair transformed […]