Notes from NYFS April 2024

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Letter from Angie

Angie Lewis-Dmello is a white woman with blond hair and blue eyes wearing a blue sweater.

Dear NYFS Supporters,

Spring is always an exciting time of year as we start to see the budding leaves on trees and feel the sense of possibility that spring offers. At NYFS, we continue to feel this sense of renewal and growth. We are thrilled to have hired several new staff who bring energy and enthusiasm while infusing our work with new perspectives. We are intentionally building a culture that enhances our mission by supporting our communities and our staff with their sustainability. Staff have been getting additional training on new evidence-based approaches and we have created a new “Clinical Ladder” program to support their professional development long-term.

We have hired new therapy providers, including Kasi who you will read about later in the newsletter. The clinic offerings are building quickly both at our Shoreview and White Bear Lake locations: play therapy, art therapy, trauma therapy, child and adolescent psychiatry, and now psychological assessments.

We have also launched our Restoring Power program – serving domestic violence and sexual assault victim-survivors from childhood throughout the lifespan in legal and community advocacy, and group and individual therapy. We are proud of our expanded therapeutic offerings and due to this expansion, we now have immediate openings for care. Please reach out if you or a loved one might benefit from additional support. We have greater capacity to serve our community and meet our mission; this comes as a moment of great celebration as we re-establish our footing after COVID.

The other exciting piece of news is that we are restarting the Leadership Luncheon! Please join us and your community on May 8th for a tasty lunch and program highlighting the incredible work done by our amazing providers at NYFS. You will hear about our new partnerships, programs, and where NYFS is headed with our ambitious strategic plan bringing us steadily into the thriving space we strive for as we live our values and meet our critical mission to transform lives.

Staff Profile: Kasi Misseldine

“Everyone is creative whether they know it or not,” says NYFS Mental Health Therapist Kasi Misseldine.  

Kasi Misseldine, art therapist

Kasi is one of our newest therapists at NYFS, and uses their background in visual art, music and writing to support their clients. “Exploring creativity is a safe way to express emotions that are hard to talk about and it can help you make changes.”  

Kasi is based out of our White Bear Lake clinic and also has a background in community health work and relational violence prevention. They previously worked in psychiatric units at United Hospital. They were drawn to work at NYFS because of opportunities to collaborate with a wide range of staff and programs to provide a better depth and range of services.  

“I love the mission of NYFS and the community-based aspect, including the sliding-fee scale for clients,” they said. “Making mental health care accessible to as many people as possible is so important.” 

Click here for more information about mental health programming at NYFS or to request an appointment.

Program Profile: Restoring Power

We are excited to launch our Restoring Power program to support victim-survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  We support children, youth and adults and families as they seek safety in many different ways.  

NYFS staff work as a team to provide wrap-around services that include: 

  • Safety planning  
  • Emotional support and coping skills  
  • Learning about abuse, its effects, and opportunities for healing  
  • Information about victim rights and resources  
  • Case management and resource referral  
  • Legal advocacy – court and law enforcement interview accompaniment, applying for an Order for Protection or Harassment and Restraining Order  
  • Individual therapy for all ages  
  • Group Therapy – a variety of groups for all ages   

If you think you or someone you care for has experienced any form of abuse or trauma, please reach out today to get support and resources to help you seek safety and recovery. Click here to get started at NYFS

NYFS Leadership Luncheon is back by Popular Demand! 

Leadership Luncheon invite

Please join us on May 8 at Vadnais Heights Commons and learn how we’ve enriched and expanded our services to serve more clients at all ages and stages of life. 

From 11:30 a.m. to noon, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with NYFS program staff and ask questions about our services and their impact on the community. 

At noon, a full lunch will be served and our program will include updates on our expanded programs and services as well as staff and client testimonials about the impact of our collective work in the community.  

This event is open to anyone interested in learning about or supporting the work of NYFS. For more information about becoming a table captain, sponsorship opportunities, or to secure your spot at the event, please contact [email protected] today! 



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Northeast Youth & Family Services is a nonprofit, community-based, and trauma-informed mental health and community services organization that has been serving your friends and neighbors in the northeastern Saint Paul suburbs since 1976. Among our many programs, we offer two convenient mental health clinic locations in Shoreview and White Bear Lake, MN.

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