Council Offices, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop & all programs follow the Needham Public School weather closings…if the schools are closed, so is the Council; if they have a 2 hour delay, so will we.
Did you know? For over 25 years the Council has contracted for around-town transportation on a BusyBee van…they went out of business and so did our community van…but…it is back! Thanks to two partnerships; with the Charles River YMCA & the Needham Council on Aging, we can once again offer residents rides around town.
The Y van is currently available on Wednesdays between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This van is not handicapped accessible; independent mobility is required.
The Council on Aging van is handicapped accessible….schedule has not yet been determined, but will be announced soon.
Reservations Required; 24 hours in advance, by phone call only at 781-444-2415
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 4-7 P.M.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH
10 A.M. -2 P.M.
Great items for Spring & Summer…
yes, it will really come soon!
First come, first served, no credit cards, cash or check only; no returns
by Caren Nemtzow, Director, Needham Community Council Child Assault Prevention Program [CAP]
The recent trial of Larry Nassar was difficult to watch. It raised the question as to how he was able to perpetrate this pattern of abuse for such an extended period of time, affecting so many innocent and vulnerable young women and girls.
One by one the brave victims and survivors tapped into their incredible inner strength, faced their perpetrator, and shared their heartbreaking stories for the whole world to hear. Many reported they were scared to speak up, but as individuals, and collectively, they remained steadfast and strong.
In the Needham Community Council Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP), we teach children in the local elementary schools that it is never their fault when a trusted adult does something that makes them feel “confused, frightened or unsafe.” We teach them that the most important thing is for them to tell an adult about what happened.
In the case of Larry Nassar, many women testified they did not know they could tell anyone, or feared they would get in trouble if they spoke badly of the beloved, trusted doctor. They remained silent. Others did tell their trusted adults, but understandably, the adults could not bring themselves to believe that the revered doctor, and even sometimes family friend, could be guilty of inappropriate treatment of these young women and girls. They themselves, had been manipulated by Nassar as well. In addition, the institutions that should have protected the victims appear to have dismissed their claims of abuse.
If we can learn anything from the tragic suffering of the courageous individuals whom Nassar targeted, it is the importance of teaching our children what we teach in the CAP program: they have the right to stand up for themselves and say, “NO!” It is important for them to “tell, tell, tell” an adult if anyone ever tries to “touch them in a way that frightens or confuses them,” reminding them that: “it is never too late to tell.” It is then incumbent upon the trusted adults to empower the victims, to “listen to them, to believe them, and to help them,” no matter how difficult and painful it may be.
Statistics show that only approximately 2% of such allegations made by children turn out to be false. We as a society need to do everything in our power to educate children and their trusted adults to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.
88TH CELEBRATION EVENT
ANNUAL COMMUNITY AWARD:
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE NEWEST COUNCIL VIDEO: STRENGTH OF COMMUNITY
THURSDAY, MARCH 22ND
INTRODUCTION OF NEW OFFICERS:
Margie Margolis, President
Robert Dermody, Vice President
Caren Carpenter, Secretary
John Frantz, Treasurer
Deb Jacob, Past-President
We are grateful to EVERYONE who supported Council Holiday Programs this season.
These are some of the organizations that donated toys, food, Christmas Trees, volunteers, gift cards and/or funds to make sure all Needham residents had something to celebrate! …and, thanks to all the individuals who shopped at the Council Holiday Boutique, donated items, sent financial donations, gift cards, holiday decorations, delivered gift bags, delivered meals, and more…..
Please join the Needham Community Council as we congratulate Council Board President, Deb Jacob, on her selection as the 2018 recipient of the Patrick C. Forde “Good Person” Memorial Award: A Program of Needham Youth & Family Services
Monday, January 29, 2018
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall
For additional information: 781-455-7500 x267