Project Updates: Building Connections, Fresh Beginnings, Girls Going the Distance, Spotlight on Mental Health, Music Therapy for the Elderly and Community Assistance

Building Connections 

Our Building Connections committee members have been hard at work promoting mental health resources for families in El Paso. In partnership with the El Paso Child Guidance Center,

JLEP is expanding the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy program at the EPCGC’s east side location, with the construction of a new PCIT room. League members and fellow non-profit agencies enjoyed training by world-reknowned specialist Dr. Kurtz in PCIT skills this past fall.

 

Fresh Beginnings: From Farm to table

Our Fresh Beginnings committee created a community garden together with the Bowling Family YMCA, in North east El Paso. JLEP volunteers together with AmeriCorps and VISTA volunteers are bringing healthy produce to an area of need in our community, and are providing nutrition education and supportive coaching for participants at the YMCA.

 

Girls Going the Distance

Our Girls Going the Distance committee partnered with the Center for Sexual and Family Violence, to teach life skills, confidence and health and fitness to Canutillo’s Reyes elementary girls through interactive lessons and running. The project culminated in the girl’s full participation at the Flying Horse 5K. The project is partnering in the community to incorporate a local chapter of Girls on the Run International, to bring a new chapter of this 501© nonprofit organization to the El Paso community.

 

Spotlight on Mental Health

Our Spotlight project partnered with Emergence Health Network to organize Mental Health First Aid classes for League members and the community, and produce a special television Community Mental Health program to increase community awareness of substance abuse and mental health to air in 2018. Spotlight will also host an upcoming prom for adults with intellectual disabilities to create a memorable Valentine’s Day.

 

MUSIC THERAPY FOR THE ELDERLY        

The members of Music Therapy for the Elderly continue to enrich the lives of older adults at nursing homes and adult day care centers by providing therapeutic musical performances that foster social contact, improve cognitive ability and nurture memory skills through music reminiscent of their youth. This is the Junior League of El Paso’s longest running Community Project and has been touching the lives of El Pasoans for the past 27 years!

 

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE        

The Junior League of El Paso is proud to support hurricane relief with a donation of $2,500 to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.