Joni Hay Patras - Welcome

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A little about my family......

I am married and have a daughter and son that keep me very busy!  

We have a chocolate Labradoodle, named Belle, who loves to play frisbee.

Favorite Activities:
Spending time with my family, gardening, playing the flute, Zumba, and Kickboxing.

Something About Me:
I went skydiving with two of my crazy friends.  (BK- Before KIDS!)

A Little About Me

I started my journey in 1998 to help children by receiving a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Counseling from the Pennsylvania State University.  I worked as an elementary school counselor in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  

I trained to become a grief volunteer facilitator in 2004 for the Safe Harbor Program at Abington Hospital in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.  Safe Harbor is a center that facilitates support groups for children/teens who are grieving a significant loss.  The center has a volcano room, art rooms, sand table, and a stuffed animal room for opening circle.  I am currently a facilitator for the 9-to-10 age group.  Safe Harbor offers a week long camp in the summer called Camp Charlie.