Over the past few weeks, DVCC counselors in Stamford and Norwalk have seen an average of 60 to 70 clients a week, a number that "keeps us very, very busy," says Counseling Coordinator Nancy Berkowitz. In addition to ongoing individual and group counseling, self-esteem workshops and a second divorce workshop, presented in September, two new initiatives have been added. DVCC Counselor Advocate and Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Services, Doris Urteaga, has started workshops on basic English instruction and basic computer skills for her Spanish speaking clients in Norwalk. The computer classes are taught by one of Urteaga's clients. The English classes, which have been taught by a DVCC volunteer, focus on practical applications such as making appointments
"Learning English is something that I have wanted to do since I came to this country and I didn't have time to think about myself," said one participant. "Now I will be able to talk with and understand people. Many thanks DVCC for the English class."
Despite their busy schedules, DVCC counselors also find time to engage in community outreach. Orteaga recently gave a presentation on Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships at the Domus Center in Stamford and is scheduled to present to two more groups in the coming weeks.