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 […]

Puerto Rico

Inauguration of Guara Bi Guaitiao

By Yolanda Gonzalezmalave, Program Assistant & HR Coordinator – WestCare Puerto Rico On February 26th, Guara Bi proudly inaugurated our newest addition to our programs, Guara Bi Guaitiao. This is a SAMHSA program dedicated to offering educational and prevention services to young people between the ages of thirteen to twenty-four. Among the services offered are: […]


Joining Together To Help Our Nation’s Veterans

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator WestCare WA/WAServes has had the privilege of assisting Dan, a local Veteran, as he advances his reintegration into the community by obtaining permanent housing. Dan has faced significant social and financial challenges in 2021. However, he has also been assisted by what we refer […]


An Alumni Returns as Staff

By Cheryl DeBatt, Director As a director, counselor, or case manager, being a part of something more than just an office brings much joy into coming to work each day and is reflected onto all of those that we help. A family is much more than those that we live with, but can also include […]


Jeff’s Story

By Sherri Conant, Journey Advocate, SJVV – Stockton Jeff came into our program last spring with no job, no income, and no hope. He had worked in construction, specifically concrete work, since getting out of the military, but hurt his spine late the year before. He was denied disability since the injury happened while doing […]


A VETcare Success Story Featuring Craig

By Nancy Pine, Case Manager and Craig M. We’d like to share a letter from one of our VETcare clients, Craig M, who recently completed the program and has moved to Oklahoma to be closer to his family. His story is further proof of why our work is so rewarding. Congratulations, Craig. We’re proud of […]


Celebrating Deborah’s Retirement

By Maureen Dunleavy, LMHC, Regional Vice President – WestCare Florida – Guidance/Care Center It is with much gratitude and admiration that I announce the retirement of Deborah Matthews, LMHC, Clinical Coordinator of Children & Child Welfare Services. Deb has spent a lifetime serving the youth and families of Monroe County with thirty-two and a half […]

Pacific Islands

Springing into Action

By Vanalyn Quichocho, Research Assistant Spring is the season for fresh starts, deep cleaning, and planting seedlings – and Guam’s year-round tropical weather makes no exception. Thrive: Coalition for a Drug-Free Dededo marched into spring at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Guam Chapter’s Annual Conference with its “Coalition Development for Thriving Communities” presentation. […]


Experiencing Impacts of a Harsh Winter Storm Firsthand

By Linda Papayanopulus, Community Engagement Coordinator – WestCare Texas Texas faced record-low temperatures during a harsh winter storm this February, leaving millions without heat or water — a life-threatening situation in a state unaccustomed to and unprepared for the extreme cold. Although the unprecedented weather was shared by millions left shivering in their own homes, […]