- About -
The Neighborhood House was created by community members concerned about the epidemic of people dying by suicide or drug overdose, and the absence of hope that is permeating our society. As professionals who work with bereaved individuals in a variety of fields, we know that grieving can be isolating and lonely, and very often it is not understood or supported. We set out to create a place where people can come together with others also grieving a loved one and learn about normal grieving, realize their own strength and capacity for growth, and begin to live again with hope.
Some of the services we provide are:
Support groups for children and adults grieving the loss of a family member or loved one to suicide or overdose.
Community workshops on suicide prevention, substance abuse awareness, social media safety, stress management, and grieving during the holidays.
Peer Leadership Program: Warriors of Hope that bring high school students together to be trained as peer educators in suicide prevention and addiction prevention.
Motivational speakers in schools focusing on resilience and empowering student voice.
We provide a unique community experience in which participants share a home-cooked dinner together through the generosity of community volunteers, engage in professionally-led support groups with peers, and work cooperatively in expressive art activities together before returning home. Our groups meet weekly for 8-week cycles throughout the year. Participants can sign up as many times as they want or need. There is never a cost to participate. Connections runs in multiple locations in Suffolk County and soon to be in Nassau County.
We believe that by connecting with one another, we can restore hope, and with the restoration of hope, people will heal.
Martin Racanelli, Jr.
Michelle Virga, LCSW-R