Linda Bennett (1969-2016), a beloved member of The Refuge Center for Counseling team, passed away in 2016 after a hard battle with cancer. She was the first director and founder of our Compassionate Care Program and nurture team. This program’s focus is to help manifest, in tangible ways, our commitment to support, encourage, and nurture our interns/staff/volunteers/board members; to help foster their emotional, spiritual, and physical health; to equip them with tools to prevent compassion fatigue; to celebrate the personal and professional successes of our Refuge Center family; and to be a source of help to them in times of need. The team also focuses on tangible forms of appreciation for the contribution each makes to the work and culture of The Refuge Center.
In 2016, we began The Linda C. Bennett Compassionate Care Award to honor and remember our friend. Linda received the inaugural award and going forward, the award will be given to a Refuge Center team member each year.
Anita Pringle, LPC-MHSP, Clinical Director
“I think everyone at The Refuge Center shows compassionate care, but Anita is someone, I and others, recognize as going above and beyond in a very effortless and genuine way. Anita is a constant and consistent source of support, especially in times of need. She appreciates the work each person does to contribute to the culture of refuge, while encouraging and nurturing growth. Anita is kind, gracious, and honest. She doesn’t try to fix the hurt, but allows the space to be and move towards healing. Anita, I think I can speak for all of us when I say thank you for being you and demonstrating such compassion and care for others.”
– Elizabeth Edwards, Staff Therapist & Director of the Compassionate Care Program