Friday, May 24, 2024

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Rita Dichele

Rita Dichele holds three Master degrees in Counseling Psychology, Health Care Administration, and Human Services. She is certified in death & dying and bereavement from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Rita is an adjunct professor, teaching courses related to grief work, abnormal psychology, long-term care, and English composition. Rita is also a social gerontologist who has worked more than 25 years in the field of human services; serving in many capacities working with a diverse group of individuals in non-profit agencies, municipality and state governments, and insurance and healthcare organizations. In addition, Rita is a freelance writer with published articles in Aging Today and has written extensively for She has been a guest lecturer at community senior centers and assisted living facilities where she has talked about successful aging.

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Local network offers support for women

The circle is a safe place where, for eight weeks, approximately 10-12 women gather in a room (pre-pandemic) or a virtual venue (during pandemic), knowing they belong to a sisterhood that does not judge and is loving, accepting and trustworthy.

Weekly group provides a sisterhood of women from all walks of life

Being with other women who are supportive, compassionate, accepting, nonjudgmental and generous with their time is a rewarding experience.

‘The body aches could knock you down’: Personal stories of living with and recovering from COVID-19 in the Berkshires

Mark quarantined himself in the basement of his house for five weeks. During that time, he said, “I felt trapped. I often wondered how I got here and when was I’m going to leave.”

World War II and COVID-19 pandemic parallels

The war perhaps made her a stronger person because she knows today that the uncertainties of life are just around the corner and that we cannot nurture complacency as she says many do.

Masks work

Masks are necessary and do work on flattening the curve. So why is there such resistance?

Mayfest in Place to support affordable housing

Construct encourages posting a video on Facebook to show others that attending a fundraiser remotely can be fun while at the same time providing help to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Construct’s Walk into the Future utilizes community support to fight homelessness in South County

The annual Walks raise money, but more importantly, create an awareness of the struggles individuals in South County experience with finding housing.

‘Walk into the Future’ Sept. 22 with Construct

The current theme is “Walk into the Future” so that neighbors can remain hopeful knowing preventive measures can be taken to avoid a housing crisis.

Construct’s ‘Warm Up the Winter’ concert raises money for heating assistance in South County

For 50 years, Construct has remained a steady force in South County, providing folks assistance with affordable housing, housing stability, emergency financial assistance and transitional housing.

Homeless in the Berkshires: One year later

Even though the folks at Construct tried to remain optimistic and right by my side, there were times I could see their optimism waiver, as it is a daunting task to find affordable housing in Berkshire County.

REVIEW: A. David Rutstein’s ‘A History of Searles High School’ parallels challenges of educational system

Those of you who are lifelong residents may find this book interesting, especially if you had the honor to attend this great school.

An interview with Jane Ralph, executive director of Construct Inc., easing the challenges of homelessness

According to the 2015 United States census, 25.1 percent of Great Barrington’s residents are considered low-income and 8.4 percent of town residents are actually living in poverty. Neighboring towns such as Stockbridge and Lenox have even higher rates.

Homeless in the Berkshires: A personal story

I hope the courage to tell my story helps others understand that homelessness can happen to anyone.

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