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Renfrew's Annual Alumni Reunion 2019 Recap

By: The Renfrew Center

Posted on June 10, 2019


On Saturday, June 1st, The Renfrew Center's alumni and their friends and family came together for a day of community and connection at the annual Alumni Reunion. Joining us at our Philadelphia, PA and Coconut Creek, FL residential sites, alumni reconnected with Renfrew staff and fellow alumni. With beautiful weather at both sites, it was a day of joy and celebration for all!

The morning kicked-off with a continental breakfast, and alumni reuniting with old and new friends, and the Renfrew staff who helped them along their journey.

In Philadelphia, the day's programming began with the welcome led by Judi Goldstein, Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation; Rachel Tenny, Alumni Services Coordinator; and Diana Winderman, Clinical Program Manager. In Coconut Creek, it was led by Heather Maio, Assistant Vice President of Clinical and Admission Services for The Renfrew Centers and Clinical Director of The Renfrew Center of Florida; and Melanie Smith, Director of Training for The Renfrew Center. At both sites, a Relational Check-in prompted alumni to tune into how they were feeling at this special event.

Before heading to the plethora of Morning Workshops, alumni got to hear from a Voice of Inspiration – an alum who shared her recovery journey. In Philadelphia, we heard from Casey, and in Coconut Creek, we heard from Lindsey.

After the morning Voices of Inspiration, alumni and their supports attended a morning workshop. These workshops were all about being true to yourself and your recovery journey, and specific workshop topics included mindfulness, exercise myths, body image, cooking exposure, art therapy and more!

In Philadelphia, alumni then enjoyed a delicious lunch on the beautiful grounds, and heard from the afternoon Voice of Inspiration, Sydney. Then it was time for afternoon workshops. Alumni at Coconut Creek got to head into another workshop, and then it was time for lunch!

Both sites ended the day with a closing ritual; in Philadelphia, it was led by Rachel Tenny in front of the Manor House, and in Coconut Creek, it was led by Susan Kleinman in the Movement Room. The closing ritual was a peaceful and grounding end to the day, prompting alumni to reflect on being true to themselves in their recovery journey.

We can't believe our 2019 Alumni Reunion has already come and gone! We're already looking forward to what will surely be another unforgettable day next year.
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