The Women’s Initiative’s Eboni Bugg Shares What Inspires, Sustains Her
If you stop by The Women’s Initiative office at Jefferson School City Center, don’t be surprised if you don’t find Eboni Bugg there. Her role as Therapist and Outreach Coordinator has her in the office as much as out. “As a therapist, I provide individual and group counseling services to women. As the outreach coordinator, my job is to collaborate with our partner agencies in the building, to ensure that the community surrounding the Jefferson School is educated about mental health issues, and to provide supportive educational opportunities, such as stress management workshops,” said Bugg.
Bugg finds that her dual roles feed into each other nicely. She explained that while she might be out in the community leading a support group, a participant might approach her, looking for more help. And, once she works with an individual, she not only provides therapy but connects individuals with other services. “If they’re trying to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves, I might refer them to Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center,” Bugg explained. “Or if some of their mental health issues could be supported by some body work, like acupuncture and yoga, then I would connect them with Common Ground.” Bugg thrives on these different roles, as she enjoys connecting with others on a variety levels–be it as a therapist or working a table at a community event.
Bugg started out as a science teacher and majored in biology. “I found that I was often interested in some of the emotional and social barriers that were occurring in the classroom,” she said, which led to her work in foster care and social services before earning her Master’s of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Now she works mostly with adult women and finds it very rewarding to help women through major transitions in their lives.
“For me the thing that sustains me is I am truly in awe of the women I see everyday. By the time they come to me they have survived so much that coming [to therapy] is already an act of health for them,” Bugg said. “And we’re here to bear witness.”
The Women’s Initiative offers walk-in hours from 9am-noon on Tuesdays at its High Street location and 2pm-5pm on Wednesdays at the Jefferson School City Center. Additionally, it offers a variety of ongoing support groups and several workshops, including a series on professionalism this summer. On June 28, 9am-noon, human resources specialist Wendy Miller will lead a workshop on interview skills as part of this series and on July 26, 9am-noon, she’ll cover professionalism. These workshops will be held at the MJH Starr Hill Health Center, on the second floor of the Jefferson School City Center. For more information or to register, contact Kirsten at 434-872-0047 x 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Children’s Film Series at African American Heritage Center
The African American Heritage Center will be screening Kirikou and the Soceress (1998) on Saturday, June 21 at 3pm and 5pm. Suggested donation is $5.
The film is based in a little village somewhere in Africa, where a boy named Kirikou is born. But he’s not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except one. Hence, little Kirikou decides he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village.
Literacy Volunteers Seeks New Tutors for July 19 Training
On Saturday, July 19 Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Ablemarle (LVCA) will host its next tutor training of 2014 at the Jefferson School City Center. The training, led by LVCA staff, takes place from 9:30am-4:00pm and prepares volunteers to work one-on-one with an adult interested in learning English as a Second Language or improving his or her basic literacy skills.
“While we do not require a background in teaching or tutoring for our volunteers, we do want them to feel prepared before they meet with a student. So we spend the day going over different tutoring techniques and bring in some veteran tutors to talk with the ones in training,” explained Executive Director Ellen Osborne. “We also supplement our trainings with videos we’ve produced in-house to help new tutors get a better sense of what a tutoring session looks like.”
Those interested in becoming a Literacy Volunteers tutor must be able to commit to working with a student two hours a week for at least a year. To register for the July training, please call 434-977-3838.
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