Mission: Ann's place inc. Provides men, women, children, and their loved ones in our community with critical services during their cancer journey. We are honored to provide all of our services free of charge to every member of our comminity. As a nonprofit agency, ann's place inc. Helps inspire people to create a pathway through cancer that strengthens and sustains them, and improves their quality of life. We provide professional and compassionate support services to individuals and families through counseling led by professional and licensed clinical social workers. These services are complemented by 15 support groups focusing on specific areas of concern for cancer patients and their loved ones. In addition, we offer an extensive range of wellness program activiites. Ann's place inc. Is also involved in community outreach, education, and regularly presents speakers who address cancer issues of client concern, advances in diagnosis and treatment, as well as wellness education.
Programs: Client services - anns place professional counselors walk with clients on their cancer journey. Steps along the way can vary from anxiety about testing to acute life-threatening illness or serious chronic conditions. Our staff connects our clients and their loved ones to the support group, resources, wellness activities and information that is right for them. Research shows how important it is to not just address the medical or biological side of cancer, but also the psychological, social, financial and spiritual aspects as well. Examples of what we provide include:*support groups for those with cancer as well as family members and loved ones*individual, couples and family counseling*nutrition and healthy cooking classes*children's programs-family fun activities*horticultural garden and labyrinth*information sharing through our library and referrals to other helpful resources*community education presentations open to anyone interested in learning more about cancer-related issues*healthy movement including yoga, tai chi and healthy steps*art classes*reiki *mindfullness meditationgroups and activities are led by licensed clinical social workers, other master level mental health professionals and wellness instructors with experience in working with cancer survivors.
outreach & education - anns place offers outreach and education in a variety of ways. Members of our staff as well as volunteers go into the community to speak about cancer and the support we provide at anns place. We speak and present at health fairs, churches, area hospitals/cancer centers, senior centers and many health related organizations. Staff members have presented professionally at the national association of social workers' ct statewide conference as well as the national association of oncology social work conference. Onsite we offer educational programs, invite speakers on a number of topics including complementary and alternative therapies, updates in breast cancer, head and neck cancers, final gifts, and cancer genomics. We strive to educate our clients and the community at large about the field of cancer and work to raise awareness about our services as well as how to live a full and informed life when dealing with cancer. Outreach includes our participation in the community cancer collaborative in danbury, where we work closely with the danbury hospital praxair cancer center as well as the american cancer society. We also participate state wide through board membership in the ct social work oncology group, and nationally through board membership on the board of oncology social work certification.