Pro Bono Week CLE: "You're Not Alone: A Lawyer's Guide to Social Services in Montgomery County"

Acknowledging that client needs sometimes go beyond legal remedies, the Montgomery Bar Association presented a Pro Bono Week CLE Oct. 24, 2018 highlighting several county and regional social services. A former LASP client, accompanied by her advocate Michael Kelley, Esq., shared her story of overcoming opioid addiction and navigating Montgomery County social services while staying clean, earning the chance to have her children back with her, and overcoming loss of personal relationships during the crisis. The former client is currently back-to-work 12 hours a day and continues to work with a recovery coach.

Other speakers described services offered by their respective organizations. Pictured in the photo above are Stacy Dougherty (at podium), Director of Community Outreach for Laurel House; Elizabeth D'Arcangelo (center), Administrator of Montgomery County Office of Community Connections, and Theresa Rines, a Montgomery County Navicate. In addition, Katie Dunphy, Director of Community Health & Stability for United Way, outlined the "Call 211" program, which connects residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to health and human services; and Debbie Gaugler, Clinical Supervisor at Montgomery County Aging & Adult Services, described her agency's work to keep senior citizens safe in their homes as long as possible. Barbara M. Smith, Esq., opened the CLE by discussing specific situations in which some of these services have been needed. More information on Montgomery County social services is at: