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POWER OF FAMILY NY ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL GATHERING OF FAMILY PEER ADVOCATES IN KINGSTON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2024

CONTACT: Barbara Altadonna, barbara.altadonna@gmail.com

KINGSTON, NY — Power of Family NY, in partnership with the Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. (MHEP), is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking gathering for Family Peer Advocates (FPAs). This inaugural event convenes today – May 15, 2024 – at the Unitarian Church, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. This event marks the commencement of Power of Family NY’s initiative to enhance Family Peer Support services across New York State.

This critical meeting is organized by Power of Family NY and is the first of four regional gatherings aimed at fostering community, sharing best practices and discussing “Mutuality-The art of Developing a Reciprocal Support Relationship” among FPAs.

“We are eager to witness the transformative outcomes that will arise from uniting Family Peer Advocates,” stated Amy Colesante, Chief Executive Officer of MHEP. “This initiative offers a unique chance to merge diverse experiences, strengthen support networks throughout New York and enhance the collective impact of families.”

Michael Johnan from Power of Family NY added, “I am deeply excited about the synergy that these gatherings will create among Family Peer Advocates.” Johnan continued: “Bringing our community together like this will undoubtedly enhance the support structure for families across the state.”

Future meetings are scheduled to take place in New York City, Syracuse and the Western Region, with each session designed to address key aspects of Family Peer Support in different community settings. For more information, contact Barabara Altadonna at barbara.altadonna@gmail.com.

ABOUT POWER OF FAMILY NY:

Power of Family NY is a leading coalition that focuses on the improvement and support of Family Peer Advocates by providing resources, training and advocacy to enhance the practice and delivery of Family Peer Support services.

ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT, INC.:

MHEP offers dynamic and cutting edge education, training, skill building and support that helps people to find their unique voice, connect to their personal power and recognize the power of peer support.

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