Author Archives: gordonrandee

Celebrations at El Futuro

One of the wonderful activities at El Futuro is the Celebrations offered by staff to share the successes achieved with the people they serve.  There are so many tragic and touching stories among the population of Latino immigrants with mental health and substance abuse needs, but there are also positive and uplifting outcomes when they […]

August 19

Helping Immigrants is a calling: El Futuro in Durham, NC

The wonderful work of one of my colleagues at El Futuro in Durham was recognized the local newspaper yesterday: DURHAM — Mental illness is never easy. But imagine facing depression or alcoholism in a place where you can barely communicate, where you are far from your family without much money to seek help. This is where […]

July 28

The Hands Project – Sharing success stories from El Futuro

The Hands Project at El Futuro is a way to share the stories of those who come for treatment while also protecting their privacy and confidentiality. Take a minute to read Diego’s story, it has a happy ending! “When you’re 8 years old, you shouldn’t have to live in a homeless shelter with your mother […]

July 14

“…[N]ot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted*

I’ve completed my 13th day at El Futuro, like with a newborn baby my time here is still so new that I’m counting it in days – so the countdown now will be weeks, soon it will be months… I feel full, which is understandable as I would describe my time so far as the “sponge” […]

July 01

One of these things is not like the other!

I’ve completed my first week on my PULSE assignment at El Futuro.  So many new impressions… #1 Leaving the “bubble” of the GSK RTP Moore Drive campus  to work in downtown Durham (which by the way is a very nice place – come visit me and see for yourself!) GSK PULSE assignment Environment: A secured […]

June 23

The Future… at El Futuro

I feel like a kid again, you remember what it was like the night before the first day in a new school year…you are excited and have a few butterflies in your stomach as you pick out what you want to wear and gather your new notebooks and pencils. Through my employer (GlaxoSmithKline) I applied […]