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Settling into a new country can be an exciting, but sometimes daunting experience. With support from the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme, the IIIC offers services that help individuals and families safely transition into American society.

Whether newcomers or long-time residents, we welcome immigrants in need, offering them professional care in a supportive environment.

Counseling and Case Management

Our clinical social worker, Rachel Reisman, LICSW offers free and confidential counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Rachel is available to discuss managing adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, family stressors as well as a host of other life changes and challenges. Please reach and e-mail her: rreisman@iiicenter.org.

Siobhan Kelly, BSW our program associate, can help match clients to the best social services and resources within the IIIC and the greater Boston area. skelly@iiicenter.org 

Sofia Vergara is the case manager for families arriving from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. She assists families with accessing appropriate and safe supports in the greater Boston area. Ella habla español. svergara@iiicenter.org


Substance abuse prevention and recovery

Wellness Services at the IIIC is committed to helping those who struggle with substance abuse, both individuals and families. We can provide assessment, referrals and in-house counseling, case management that focus on education, sobriety planning, and support. We also run workshops with local partners, such as The Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force and the Laboure Center in South Boston, focused on prevention and help for those facing addiction in their lives.

Our team can help you determine the best level of care, whether it be detox, day programs, AA/Smart Recovery, and/or counseling here at the center. We are happy to collaborate with primary care doctors, local hospitals, and self-help groups to help you create the best recovery plan for your needs.

We also run workshops with local partners, such as The Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force and the Laboure Center in South Boston, focusing on prevention and help for those facing addiction in their lives.

Suicide prevention and education

Suicide is a distressing trend in the Irish community, both here and in Ireland, and we are committed to providing preventative services and support to those affected by this pain and loss.

We run workshops twice a year focused on helping you learn how to talk about depression, self-harm, and suicide with friends and family that you may have concerns about.

The IIIC also participates in an annual walk to raise awareness in our Boston Irish community about suicide prevention services. This year we plan to support the first “Darkness Into Light” walk by Pieta House in Boston on May 6,2017 at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

Health Screenings

Wellness Services partners with Tufts Dental School and “Cathedral Cares” to provide dental screenings and flu shot clinics annually.

We are also happy to provide information regarding applying for health insurance via our partnership with Healthcare For All . In addition, we collaborate with Health Law Advocates to help you problem solve issues that may arise with access to healthcare and insurance  issues.

Irish Classes & Cultural Connections

The connection to Ireland is strong in Boston and we are committed to strengthening it further.

Wellness Services collaborates with Cumman Na Gaeliige to host Irish language classes at the IIIC. The sense of community, identity, and personal growth these classes foster are a wonderful wellness benefit in themselves.

Our classes run in Fall, Winter, and Spring, and they are 8 weeks per term. Please feel free to email or call us if you are interested in registering!

Director Rachel Reisman writes a column, “Matters of Substance”, which is published monthly in The Emigrant and in The Boston Irish Reporter. In it, she explores issues related to wellness, mental health, and recovery.

Please check out the Irish Outreach & Wellness Services Boston -IIIC Facebook page, which is run in collaboration with our Outreach Coordinator, Ann-Marie Byrne. We post helpful articles and information related to the local Irish community and its needs.

We welcome your thoughts and messages and consider this an important connection with our community here in Boston.

Contact us

To learn more about Wellness Services, please contact:

Director of Wellness Services: Rachel Reisman, LICSW | 617.542.7654 ext 14
email: rreisman@iiicenter.org

Wellness Services Program Assosicate: Siobhan Kelly | 617.542.7654 ext 15
email: skelly@iiicenter.org

Case Manager for Central American Families: Sofia Vergara | 617.542.7654 ext 32
email: svergara@iiicenter.org

Resources

Mental Health Emergency Services 

BEST TEAM, Mental Health Crisis Team, Boston –  800.981.4357

StateWide Info – 877.382.1609 – https://www.masspartnership.com/member/ESP.aspx

Samaritans Boston – 877.870.4673

AA Boston – 617.426.9444  www.aaboston.org

Smart Recovery – www.smartne.org

Health Insurance Information & Application

Healthcare For All – 899.272.4232 – www.hcfama.org