|The Excellent Group with Ginny Robertson|
|October 1, 1995|
|From the Fall, 1995 Newsletter of South Baltimore Station, a Recovery House for Men.|
Every other Friday evening residents of South Baltimore Station attend a session called The Excellent Group. Volunteer Ginny Robertson conducts this one-hour workshop that helps residents strengthen notions that support their recovery, such as accountability, risk, communication and more.
“I volunteer because I have a great deal of respect for the staff of SBS, and the work they do, as well as for the men who come through their doors,” says Ginny. “I believe these classes add another layer of information that I hope will support the men in their recovery process.”
Ginny’s favorite volunteer memory concerns a resident who attended her first session at SBS. He wanted to work with children and asked her how to get started. She suggested calling a local school and asking the principal if he could do some volunteer work. He called and was told there might be something for him, but hadn’t gotten a call back after several weeks. She encouraged him to call back, assuring him that he was a valuable asset and telling him to “sell” himself to the school. He did so, and started working with some troubled children at the school that very week. He was recently recognized by the major of Baltimore as a “Friend of Education” for his work as a mentor at the Sharp Leadenhall School. He is now enrolled in a vocational services program for computer mechanics and plans to enter a local college to study drug addiction, child psychology and child behavior.