Caroline ‘Bunny’ Fazekas
After graduating from college with a BA in Economics, I worked for the World Data Analysis Program at Yale. After teaching myself some programming and how to use statistical research programs, I became a Research Assistant, and later a free-lance computer programmer. Clients included a number of professors at Yale, the Hill Health Center and the New Haven Census.
During this same time, I became a student at the Yale School of Public Health in biometry. Met Isidore Falk and was able to provide statical support for his efforts with the US Congress to put more funding into Community Health Care Centers.
Upon marriage to Joe, my priorities and energies shifted, focusing more on family and home. Time was filled with children and remodeling an older home. An attempt to work from home was not successful so I spent those years with part-time volunteering in schools with computers.
Once my children were through elementary school, I returned to the workforce in mostly part time jobs while getting certified in Gerontology from New Haven Community College. I then began working at an Assisted Living Alzheimer’s Unit developing daytime activities.
Family ties pulled me out of the work force again when my mother entered Hospice in 2003. When she died, I became responsible for my sister with MS, and after her death, became the trustee for her 11 year old daughter.
In late 2006 , I found out my youngest son had developed paranoid schizophrenia. January of 2007 we moved to Maine. I learned everything I could about mental health.
Took the NAMI’s Family to Family class, volunteered at Sweetser’s Learning and Recovery Center, and completed a class on Intentional Peer Support.
Now, I am able to bring all my wisdom of life experiences and the various learned skills to The Gathering Place, supporting all those who pass through our doors.