Yvonne Rivera, Central Islip PROS Rehabilitation Practitioner
Yvonne is a multi faceted, multi cultural woman who has been married for 34 years to a minister and serves two congregations. She has four biological adult children and about 15 emotionally adopted children who grew up with her children. She is also the proud grandmother of three biological grandchildren with another one on the way, plus about 30 additional grandchildren from her adopted children. Yvonne began her social work career after becoming a mom and attended college full time while working a full-time job, being a full-time mom, and full-time housewife. Her inspiration for becoming a social worker in the field of mental health was her mother, who kept a positive attitude in the midst of her struggles with mental illness during a time where the social structures discriminated against her condition, gender and race. Yvonne shares her mother’s story to continue to bring awareness that someone with a mental health condition can have a successful life, and to help reduce the stigmas around mental health.
"I've been in the system since I was a kid, HALI helped me grow up. For the first time in my life, I am going to school. I never thought I deserved that opportunity - but HALI did!"
- Christopher A.
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