Thursday, September 29, 2016

Popular Diving Spots in Florida

Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough serves as the staff supervisor at St. Francis Animal Rescue, a role she has held since retiring from the field of social work and psychiatry. In this position, she oversees all adoptions, volunteers, and medical care of the cats and kittens at the shelter. In her free time, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough enjoys scuba diving.

As a peninsula, Florida boasts a large share of great scuba spots. These areas expend along the state’s coasts and down into the Florida Keys. Below are some of Florida’s top scuba diving spots:

1. Kings Bay: a tranquil bay full of freshwater springs and plenty of fish, Kings Bay features warm water that makes for a comfortable diving experience. Divers regularly enjoy the area’s various rock formations and caverns, but the primary attraction of the spot are the manatees who often enjoy relaxing in the warmth.

2. Devil’s Den: located near Gainesville, Devil’s Den is viewed by many as one of the best cave diving experiences in the state. It was the source of many early settlers’ beliefs that the area was a gateway to hell and is now home to fossils that date back over two million years. The warm-water diving spot is also home to the bones of a 7,500-year-old man.

3. Copenhagen Wreck: a 325-foot steamship, the Copenhagen ran aground in 1900 in Pompano Beach after hitting a rock ledge roughly half a mile offshore. The wreckage sank in the shallow water and eventually became a popular diving spot. Now a Florida Archaeological Preserve, divers can still enjoy exploring the ship’s remains.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The El Paso Center for Children’s Runaway Emergency Shelter Program


The staff supervisor at St. Francis Animal Rescue, a no-kill kitten and cat shelter in Florida, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough is a former psychiatrist and social worker who is semi-retired. Throughout her career, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough has been involved with a variety of charities and community efforts, including the El Paso Runaway Shelter, where she served on the board of directors.

The Runaway Emergency Shelter in El Paso is a program maintained by the El Paso Center for Children, an organization that provides homes and specialized care to families and children in need. Although the shelter is a residential facility, the program strives to prevent family separations and keep youth safe when they are away from home. In the long run, it aims to reunite runaways with their families and ensure long-term stability. To this end, the El Paso Runaway Emergency Shelter combines community education, crisis intervention, skills training, and counseling to help youth.

The shelter serves youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who have run away from home. Staying on a short-term basis, residents go through intensive counseling in family, group, and individual sessions. Residents are given family-style meals in the morning before they prepare for their assigned chores, school, counseling sessions, and workshops. These chores and requirements are meant to show youth that they can succeed in life while also building discipline and reducing such risk factors as substance abuse.