The Lorna Fortier O’Malley – VETERANS WELLNESS CENTER
Named after beloved counselor Lorna O’Malley, MVOC has entered into a Public-Private Partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Gardner, and has worked to gain access to the former Heritage Park Visitors Center located on Lake Street.
This three-story commercial building will soon be transformed into an exclusive wellness center for veterans and their families. It will help to facilitate expanded daily activities and therapeutic programs, a community resource and education center, and designated mental health clinical offices. It will also house current MVOC services such as outreach and benefits.
It is the goal of MVOC to have the new wellness facility open and operational by the end of 2017.
Specific donations and corporate sponsorships are currently being accepted to help provide the best services and programs possible at the wellness center for our veterans.
Currently, the MVOC offers internal programs and has established collaborations with some excellent external organizations in order to provide meaningful therapeutic programs and activities for veterans. The intent is to allow for diverse opportunities that may meet a variety of interests as such to engage veterans in experiences that provide an outlet for therapeutic healing and also foster personal growth, self-confidence, and social interaction.
Our wellness programs and partners include:
Healthy Eating and Cooking Class
This activity is both very popular and practical too. Working with dieticians and nutritionists from Heywood Hospital, MVOC veterans are exposed to a variety of healthy eating options that include nutritional information and hands-on food preparation and cooking skills. Residents in the MVOC housing programs also have learned to grow fresh vegetables and herbs that often become ingredients in the featured meals during the class.
The goal of the VAST program is to promote lifelong health and well-being of veterans with disabilities through regular participation in a VAST array of physical activities and sports. Some sports include Nordic skiing, cycling, archery, hiking, fishing, orienteering, wheelchair basketball, and more. Any and all veterans are encouraged to volunteer and enjoy some outdoor activities and a sense of camaraderie with fellow veterans. VAST is associated with Pineland Farms, Inc. of New Gloucester, ME.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. MVOC provides access to many sites for AA meetings and can help you to find other AA resources.