Program Spotlight: For All Seasons, Inc.
In every issue, Frontline
profiles a different Rape Crisis and Recovery Center. This quarter, we interviewed Beth Anne Langrell of For All Seasons, Inc.
MCASA: Tell us about yourself and how long have you have worked with your agency?
My name is Beth Anne Langrell and I am the Executive Director of the Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, Inc. (FAS). Our agency serves the Mid-Shore of Maryland with offices in Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. After working on the east coast as Higher Education administrator for 15 years, leading and developing programs focused on Sexual Assault Education and Awareness, Substance Abuse Education and Crisis Counseling Services, I joined the team at For All Seasons in the Spring of 2014.
MCASA: Tell us about your Rape Crisis Program and the issues it tackles.
Within the past 18 months the agency has gone through a large transition. We’ve continued to offer seamless services while also establishing programs and goals that meet the multi-dimensional needs of our clients. One of the largest areas of focus is meeting the needs of all victims regardless of their ability to pay and to meet the needs of both Spanish and English speaking clients.
Our Rape Crisis Center serves English and Spanish speaking victims, families and support systems. Out staff work closely with victims providing Advocacy, Crisis Counseling, Court Accompaniment, Law Enforcement and Legal Advocacy, Interpretation (when needed), case management, information and referral resources. Additionally, the staff in the Rape Center work side by side the members of the Behavioral Health team to ensure victims receive on-going clinical and/or psychiatric treatment. Each Rape Center staff member has extensive training in Trauma based services as well as medical interpretation certification.
After hours our staff maintain both an English and Spanish 24/7 hotline to provide round the clock services to the communities we serve. While direct service is provided to victims, assistance is also provided to the victims’ families, significant others and support systems of the victim. Recently our team developed a support group for Spanish speaking clients that meets weekly to address healthy relationships, support systems in the community, health parenting, and other culturally sensitive topics.
Our team works closely with our community partners such as the State’s Attorney’s office, local law enforcement, Social Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Maryland CHOICES, and Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence to name a few. Our staff is proud of our collaboration with the community Sexual Assault Response Team and works closely with the team to ensure that victims services follow best practice models. Our team has an incredible commitment to the clients we serve.
MCASA: Why are you a member of MCASA?
We are members of MCASA because of the incredible network that has been created by the coalition, the response for support, education and information provided by the staff is top notch and we are proud to stand side by side fighting for victims’ rights. Our team cannot say enough about the staff at MCASA and I especially am grateful for Lisae’s incredible talents. I know I speak for my staff and our clients when I say “Thank You to Lisae and her staff for their incredible legislative accomplishments and assistance across all services!”
MCASA: Have you had any recent events or actions that you'd like to tell us about?
For All Seasons just wrapped up its anniversary celebration of Heart and Music, the agency’s annual fundraiser and largest outreach event. A mix of popular hits from the 50’s through today along with Broadway favorites are performed by an extremely talented cast talented cast. Thoughtfully placed between numbers audience members hear directly from sexual assault survivors, family members and our team as they present monologues of their stories. This powerful event touches over 500 people each year and We hope you will join us next year for our 6th
annual Heart and Music on March 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2016 at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford, MD. Find out more about Heart and Music on Facebook!
We also held a new event to “Share the Story of For All Seasons” on April 27th
, 2105 for members of the Mid-Shore Community. This event is held in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month and brought together current community partners and new friends to strengthen support for our programs and help spread the word about our agency.
MCASA: What sexual assault prevention work does your program do?
Our team is responsible for educating the communities of all five counties. Presentations are given to local schools, community agencies, civil engagement group, religious communities to name a few. The agency is currently working on a large PSA outreach project that will debut in the fall of 2016.
Our website, www.forallseasonsinc.org
has information about our services and educational materials. Stay tuned for more interactive information this year!
MCASA: If your program received $100,000 in new funds today, what would you do with it?
If we were to receive $100,000.00 in new funds we would:
- Hire a full time interpreter/advocate
- Hire a Community Educator
- Utilize funds to provide a day of teambuilding and training for our staff
- Establish an Emergency fund for victims
This article appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Frontline.