Georgian Court University Partners with Local Police for Teddy Bear Service Project

Georgian Court University took part in domestic violence awareness month by partnering with the local Lakewood Police Department. They came together to stuff 190 toy animals for Teddy Bears for Tykes, “a service project to help reduce trauma suffered by children exposed to violence abuse and other traumatic incidents.” The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association in order to “address early trauma, both physical and mental, especially for young people. A stuffed animal can really help with emotional trauma. If children are panicking or upset, giving them a small stuffed animal to hug is something to comfort them.”

Lakewood Police Officers are thankful for this initiative by Georgian as it will help them when they deal with traumatic situations that involve children. The stuffed toys “give them something that they can give to the kids to comfort them and lift them up a little. Maybe they just witnessed something no child should see, and this will help make their situation a little easier.”

To read more about this initiative by Georgian University, click here.

University of Detroit Mercy receives Grant to Advance Counseling Program

University of Detroit Mercy has recently received a nearly $1 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This four-year grant will offer university counseling students the opportunity to implement the Counseling Underserved Populations (CUSP) Project, “which offers specialized, enhanced training to master’s level counseling students with an emphasis on integrated health, trauma, poverty, and court-involvement.”

Nancy Calleja, program director and chair of Detroit Mercy’s counseling program, stated “this most recent funding further cements Detroit Mercy’s pivotal role as an essential partner in nationwide efforts to effectively prepare highly-skilled clinicians to work with those in greatest need.” The implementation of this grant fits with university mission of serving the most vulnerable in the local Detroit community.

To read more of this story, visit University of Detroit Mercy news.