A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.
—Luke 10:33-34 (CEB)

Dear Friends,

As a board member for the Manchester Pastoral Counseling Services, I had an opportunity last week to attend this year’s Garden Party. This is a gathering hosted every year by Paul & Selma Hoff at their home, as a way of introducing the year’s Good Samaritan Award Honorees. It was a delightful and inspiring evening. We were given a brief sketch of each of the nominees, which I have made even briefer. Seated from left to right in the photo, they are…

Dan Forbes. Dan has been serving the greater Manchester community in a variety of ways for over 30 years.  In his role as director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement at St. Anselm college, he has interfaced with the community through many projects and volunteer work. The persons who nominated Dan wrote, “his compassionate demeanor and collaborative approach places an emphasis on the community’s needs over his own and over the needs of the college.”

Susan Manchester. Susan is a lawyer with the Sheehan-Phinney firm, specializes in real estate, and zoning & planning law.  Throughout her career, she has donated hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services to persons in need, people living with disabilities, non-profit organizations and others because of her love for people and commitment to this community.

Maryann Aldrich. Maryann is the clinical director for community health at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Manchester.  Passionate and energetic, she has worked in various capacities as a registered nurse and in healthcare management, dedicating her life to helping people in need. She is a strong advocate for helping young people in finding their passion and becoming “positive change agents” in our communities. She is also a strong proponent of mental health treatment, having served as the president of NAMI (The National Association for Mental Illness).

Judge John Broderick. John is the co-chair of a statewide initiative to help change the stigma around those suffering from mental illness. The Change Direction campaign which was launched in May of 2016 is focused on helping people recognize the signs of emotional suffering in themselves and others.  Additionally, this program encourages us to care for our mental well-being and that of others by seeking treatment and support.

Standing behind the honorees in my photo are Dr. Cal Genzel and Dr. David Reynolds, two of the three directors of the Pastoral Counseling Services. For those who may not know, PCS is a real community treasure, offering “high quality and affordable counseling and community programs to individuals, couples, families and children that encompasses the mind, body and spirit in the healing process.” The Good Samaritan Awards Dinner is one of the principle yearly fund-raising events for PCS. This year it will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd. I would certainly encourage you to make time for this gala event if you are able. And whether or not you are able to make the dinner, contributions of auction items for the dinner would be gratefully accepted.

Yours in Grace,
Rev. Kevin

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