by Eliza Schafler
Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
If you don’t frequent the Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center, home of our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP), you probably don’t know that they have been diligently restoring the historic main building on the property for over a year. Well, the restoration is finished, and last night the agency held an open house to celebrate with the Highland Park community.
I spent the evening chatting with clinicians and staff, greeting former clients, children, and community partners, and admiring artwork and moving videos. Rather than attempt a summary of the experience, I will share some pictures. Below, here I am with some of my favorite Family Resource Center clinicians (and partners in preventative legal intervention!).
One of the exciting things about the restoration of this building is that Hathaway-Sycamores has set aside a dedicated office for BeHeLP! This means that rather than use the offices of absent clinicians, we will have a confidential space on-site to provide legal assistance to families in need. Below is a picture of the door to our new BeHeLP office (unfortunately, the room itself was locked for the event).
This event was a chance to enjoy how deeply BeHeLP has become part of the Family Resource Center community. It was also a reminder of how lucky we are at MHAS to have found such a remarkable partner in Hathaway-Sycamores.