Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, executive director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, has announced that Christine Williams has been named program coordinator for the agency’s Children’s Mental Health Services.
Williams, who previously served as a parent educator in Catholic Charities, will oversee the Family Education Partnership program as well as the Community Based Mentoring, and Keeping Kids Connected programs.
Williams said her passion for helping children and families helps her look forward to the challenge of growing these programs and serving as many youth and their families as possible.
“Having worked as a parent educator, I am very familiar with the need of our Children Mental Health Services and how successful they are,” she said. “I enjoy working with youth and helping them create stronger bonds with their families and their communities.”
In addition to her work as a parent educator, Williams has been a mentor with Catholic Charities’ Community Based Mentoring program.
The program matches youth between ages 8 and 17 with a mental health diagnosis with an adult mentor. The match is determined based on personalities, likes and dislikes, and other similarities.
“It’s a wonderful experience for both myself and my mentee. It’s an opportunity for youth to experience a different kind of family life and feel that they are a part of our family as well,” Williams said.
“Our Children’s Mental Health Services offer unique programs that makes families stronger, children stronger, and our community stronger. I am proud of these programs and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to oversee them and interact with the youth and their families they serve,” added Williams.
For more information on Catholic Charities’ Children’s Mental Health Services, call Christine Williams at 598-3980, extension 227, or visit the agency’s website at ccoswego.com.