Direct from Sip of Hope in Chicago, IL - Conversations Cafe: All In The Family...
We had another fantastic episode of Conversations Cafe! We kicked off the event by having Sherri Gross, Community Outreach Coordinator of The Road Home Program, share on being a caretaker and the types of impact that can exasperate among all parties in a household from the perspective of caring and supporting a veteran.
Our tremendous panel shared from their experience and background. Vikki Webster, founder of the Reginald and Paul Sewell Foundation, touched on the impact of losing her brothers to suicide and how that impacted herself and her brothers network of friends that were a form of family, along with touching on her ongoing journey to make peace with her brothers passing. Amanda Vitrano, founder of Learn For Lauren, approached the topic from the loss of her sister Lauren who died by suicide and shared insights into how her sister’s challenges could be hidden from the family. She also shared how her family and herself have coped and found paths to healing and finding a positive forward path. John Jonak, a principal at Westmont JH in DuPage county and military veteran, shared lessons learned on confronting silences, stigma, and challenges as a veteran and with the unfortunate loss of his 9 year old daughter Katie, and his family found to find strength and healing.
We had another phenomenal round of participation from our engaged audience who asked great questions and provided for further discussion and understanding! What a great night!
Education Feature: Sherri Gross || Road Home Program
- Vikki Webster || The Reginald & Paul Sewell Foundation
- Amanda Vitrano|| Learn For Lauren
- John Jonak || Principal Westmont JH
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