On August 12th, Parents Helping Parents – indeed all families in Massachusetts – lost a dear friend, Ernie Singer, who died at the age of 88. Among Ernie’s many civic activities, was serving on the board of Parents’ and Children’s Services. PCS nurtured the first Parents Anonymous groups in Massachusetts in 1971 and this led naturally to the founding of the Parental Stress Line in 1979. As board president Ernie was a champion of the Parental Stress Line. When the future of the Stress Line was in doubt in 2005, Ernie was very pleased that PHP took over its operation so that parents could continue to get telephone support 24 hours a day. Ernie’s wife, Betty, who had served on PHP’s board for many years, helped us recruit volunteers in those early months when we needed help the most. It is quite likely that without the support of Ernie and Betty Singer, the Parental Stress Line would not exist today.
As a testimonial to Ernie and Betty, the first story in this newsletter is about a Parental Stress Line call which I took not long ago. It illustrates the kind of work that our volunteers do every day.