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R – UTN Newsletter Editor

The Executive Board is looking for one or more members
to take over the position of Newsletter Editor

Do you have page layout skills, or want to learn?

Do you want to give back to the R-UTN community?

• The newsletter comes out 4 times a year in paper and PDF format
• Articles, ads and information are provided
• Lots of help available
• Think about partnering up with a friend!

To volunteer or ask questions email
retirednorthportteachers@gmail.com  ASAP

In case you missed it – Member Benefits announces launch of Peer Support Line

This new program is now available to all NYSUT members and their families. A Peer Support Line has been created in partnership with NYSUT Member Benefits and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care that is now available at no cost to all NYSUT members and their families. This confidential helpline — staffed by trained in-service and retired individuals who understand the challenges of NYSUT members — can provide answers, referrals, and empathetic support when you need it.

The Peer Support Line can assist with utilizing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits, along with finding information and referrals for professional assistance within your community.

This service can help with the following topics and more:

• Finding mental health services or support groups
• Answering questions about Medicare and Medicaid
• Managing work-related stress

• Providing support to new members
• Sourcing elder care or caregiving services
• Assisting with marital, relationship, or child rearing concerns

• Reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness
• Accessing services for individuals with disabilities
• Finding help for victims of violence
• Managing planned or unexpected hospitalizations

Don’t go it alone. When stressful situations arise, look to the Peer Support Line to speak with trained peer support specialists who will lend a caring ear and connect you with community resources that can make a difference for you and your family.

Contact the Peer Support Line at 844-444-0152.

Sad News

Peggy Valvana, wife of John Valvana, former teacher at Pulaski Rd. Elementary School and Bellerose Ave Elementary School, died suddenly of a heart attack on August 17, 2022 in Boston, MA.