Good Samaritan Awards – Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022

PCS will hold its 2022 Good Samaritan Awards celebration on Thursday evening, Sept. 22.  This year’s inspirational event will be held on the beautiful back lawn of Manning House Estate at the Brookside Congregational Church at 2013 Elm Street in Manchester.  The celebration will start at 5 PM for socializing and networking.  This will be followed by the introductions and presentations of the awards to this year’s honorees.    

PCS started this popular event in 1996 to recognize and honor generous, compassionate, and active people who are making significant contributions to the health and well-being of Manchester and surrounding communities.  To date we have recognized over 110 Good Samaritans.  This year we will be honoring another outstanding class of individuals.

Patricia Carty, the President and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, is a long-time advocate of mental health treatment and supporter of programs that help those living with mental health issues.

Bobbie Bagley, the Director of Public Health and Community Services for the City of Nashua, is a leader in the development and support of programs that enhance public health and increase access to services.

Mark Mulcahy, the Team Leader of Keller Williams Reality Metropolitan, and Kay Mulcahy, a respected educator, are a community-minded couple who support many local organizations that enhance the quality of life in Manchester.

Elliot Perry and his parents, Carrie and BJ Perry, are extremely successful philanthropists and advocates for children with special needs. 

These are inspirational people and we are happy to recognize them for all that they do for so many. You can purchase tickets to this event by contacting our Administrative Assistant, Christine Butler. Her number is (603) 627-2702, or through the link below.  Tickets are $75 per person.  Please note in the comment field all individuals attending and your mailing address.  Please join us for an uplifting evening with these wonderful individuals.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative

Dear Friends,                                                                                               

     PCS has embarked on a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative which is being led by James McKim, a recognized leader and speaker in the areas of organizational effectiveness, development, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.  He is the author of “The Diversity Factor: institutions and Society Igniting Superior Organizational Performance.”

The purpose of this project is to do a thorough analysis of our policies, procedures, and actions in regard to these essential principles and then to initiate changes that improve our functioning in these areas.  This DEI commitment includes all staff, Board members, clients, and community members engaged with this organization.

PCS formed a DEI Committee to provide leadership for this initiative.  The mission of this Committee is to strengthen the principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the PCS organization, which is aligned with our current vision statement:  Working cooperatively with other agencies in the communities we serve, PCS strives for a world in which effective and compassionate mental health services are available, without barriers, to all who need them.

The objectives of this initiative are to: 1) build capacity and competency to lead and manage a diverse workforce;  2) create a work environment that ensures equal access to opportunities for professional growth and advancement;  3) develop cultural competence and responsiveness, as an organization, to maximize our effectiveness;  4) formulate recommendations for the development or modification of policies and practices that will positively impact diversity, inclusivity, and equity efforts;  5) create internal organizational learning opportunities for staff and Board members to facilitate personal understanding of inclusion and equity. 

The DEI Committee has composed a DEI plan, created a DEI Committee Charter, identified key stakeholders, and sponsored two webinars led by James McKim:   1)  “Diversity: good or Bad for this Agnecy?”  2)  “DEI:  Key Concepts.”  Additionally, the Committee created surveys that will be distributed to key stakeholder groups later this month.  Information from the questionnaires and personal interviews with representative people will be used to measure the agency’s current involvement in DEI and to make recommendations on how these principles can be better integrated into the work that we do.

We are excited about this initiative and the ways it will improve our work in these important areas.

Sincerely,

Calvin Genzel, Ph.D.

Executive Director PCS


Welcoming our Newest Board Member – German Ortiz

Dear friends of PCS,

I am happy to announce that German Ortiz has joined the Board of Directors at Pastoral Counseling Services (PCS).  Nominated by Board member Eleanor Dahar, German immigrated from Columbia to the United States in 1989.  He has worked in various fields, including law, real estate, and family mediation.  In 2006 he started his own business, the Latino Granite Group, LLC, which provides practical services, including tax preparation, immigration education, language interpretation, and document translation primarily to people in the Latino community.  Committed to the health and wellbeing of the community, German has served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Medical Center (CMC) and Catholic Charities.  Additionally, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS).  German and his wife are the parents of two children and live in Bedford, NH.  We are grateful for the energy, enthusiasm, and expertise that German brings to our Board!

Calvin Genzel, Ph.D.

Executive Director


Solihten – Accreditation Announcement

The Solihten Institute, a national organization that provides education, consultation, and accreditation to counseling centers, awarded PCS with full accreditation in January, 2020.  The Solihten Institute promotes an understanding of counseling that emphasizes the inter-relatedness of mind, body, spirit, and community.

 According to Robert Johnson, LCSW, the President/CEO of the Solihten Institute, “Accreditation is a major accomplishment and demonstrates a center’s commitment to excellence.”  He continues, “The accreditation process indicates that a counseling center offers professional services within a framework of quality organizational, administrative, and financial practices.”  I am very grateful for the many people who diligently and thoughtfully prepared the materials that led to this important achievement.

Due to the staff’s passionate commitment to the mission of PCS, we continue to provide compassionate and effective counseling through teletherapy during this pandemic.  Teletherapy, which uses video platforms and telephonic services, enables us to reach out to children, adolescents, adults, families and groups during this challenging time.  In anticipation of an eventual return to in-person counseling (when it is safe to do so), we recently re-painted five of our offices, including the beautiful waiting room.  We are also in the process of updating our website.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the work of PCS.  If we can be of help to you, please call us at (603) 627-2702.