Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) is joining together with the town of Newtown, the school district, the interfaith community and municipal organizations in observance of the first anniversary of 12/14.
“Our community is choosing to remember and honor those who lost their lives in that awful tragedy in ways that are quiet, personal, and respectful – centered on themes of kindness and service to others,” First Selectman Pat Llodra said on her blog.
In response, NYFS will be operating on extended hours from December 13-15, and will also be open for walk-in support services for individuals and families in the community who have been impacted by the Sandy Hook tragedy.
The agency will be open Friday, December 13, from 9 am to 8 pm; Saturday, December 14, from 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, December 15, from noon to 6 pm. NYFS is at 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook.
“NYFS strives to meet the needs of the community on an ongoing basis” said NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr. “We are constantly working to assess the types of supports and programming that is desired,” she continued.
For almost a year, NYFS has been providing its walk-in support services to the community. These services are for both individuals and families to express their personal concerns and feelings related to the tragedy, meet with a staff therapist who can address these concerns, answer questions and provide referrals for ongoing services if needed. While no appointment is necessary, with walk-ins welcome during set times, community members are encouraged to call ahead if they wish to be seen at a specific time.
According to the NYFS website, the agency will also be open for its regular walk-in hours on Monday and Tuesday, December 9-10, from 4 to 7 pm; and Wednesday, December 11, from 9 to 11 am.
Walk-in sessions will also be offered the following week, on Tuesday and Thursday, December 17 and 19, from 4 to 7 pm; and Wednesday, December 18, from 9 am until noon.
Anyone unable to visit during scheduled times is encouraged to call 203-426-8103 and request an appointment. Call 211 for immediate assistance.
For a complete and up-to-date listing of walk-in support hours, along with regular agency hours and information visit www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org.
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the greater Newtown area.