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Cheryl Hastings

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Service Director of DDS Services

Phone: (860) ***-****x***  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Connecticut , United States
Reliance House Inc
40 Broadway
Norwich , Connecticut 06360
United States

Company Description: Reliance House prides itself on providing a welcoming environment for individuals who receive our services as well as for individuals who provide those services. ...   more

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Accessibility Statement, 7 Jan 2007 [cached]
Cheryl Hastings, Committee Chair
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Service Director: Cheryl Hastings
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Cheryl Hastings, left, and Mary Kay Kelleher star in the two-woman play "'night Mother." Buy Photo Bookmark and Share print this article
Cheryl Hastings was gearing up for a change. She was retiring from her job as an administrator at Norwich's Reliance House, which provides serivces for people experiencing mental health, addiction, and developmental disabilities. She was preparing to move from her Norwich home down to Florida.
But there was something to do before she left.
Hastings - who has been involved with local theater, through Chelsea Players - was talking with her friend Mary Kay Kelleher about doing a drama. (They had previously been involved in several comedies together.)
Hastings says, "My two loves are what I do as a living, which is work at a mental health agency, and as an avocation, I do acting.
"For both Mary Kay and I, not in our immediate families, but suicide has touched our lives," Hastings says. "Not only, obviously, in my job but also in people we know. I have a girlfriend whose daughter committed suicide from longtime depression. It's just so devastating."
While there is growing public awareness of mental health issues, Hastings says suicide remains more of a taboo topic.
"We don't know what to say to someone whose child has killed themselves. What do you say to them? 'You did the best you can?' They must be thinking, 'Well, then I guess it wasn't good enough,' you know? There's an awful lot of guilt left behind for the survivors," she says.
Hastings, who was born and raised in Norwich, has worked for 20 years at Reliance House. She oversees programs that serve people with developmental disabilities as well as mental health issues.
Hastings describes the role she plays in "'night Mother" as a quirky individual. The character, now in her 60s, was married at age 15.
"She doesn't know a lot. She's not a worldly woman. ... She's doing the best she can with what she knows," Hastings says.
And now the character is trying to prevent her daughter from killing herself.
Hastings says of the play, "It's sad, but it's so real. ... It's just about people and what we go through in life and the secrets (the characters) have."
Contact Us, 7 Oct 2009 [cached]
Service Director: Supported Living Programs: Cheryl Hastings
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