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Reminiscences of Stephen Rynn : oral history, 2002.

Creator: Rynn, Stephen, 1955-
Project: September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project .
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 60 p. sound recordings: 1 sound disc (98 min.) : digital ; 3 in.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Executive Director, Mission of the Immaculate Virgin.

Scope and Contents

Born in Woonsocket, RI; adolescent years: disillusionment with rigidity of Catholic Church, alienation at school, advanced class, National Merit Scholarship, discovering emotions, becoming a hippie, living in the woods, running away from home, guidance from social worker, survival school in Maine and Hurricane Island Outward Bound School; spirituality and Catholicism; education; Stonehill College, Massachusetts, B.A. and M.A. in social work, Fordham University, New York; turning to social work: closing the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin for the Protection of Homeless and Destitute Children on Staten Island and reopening as public school, senior center and community center; career: hotel and restaurant business in Boston, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Providence, Newport--bartending, waiter, maitre d', chef, substance abuse therapist, discharge planning social worker, and outpatient program manager at various hospitals in New Jersey, field instructor for Master of Social Work; September 11th: driving on New Jersey Turnpike, pulling onto outer bridge and witnessing one of the towers building, watching television coverage, emotional reponses; post-9/11: wanting to help, formulating plan for a children's group, working with Catholic Charities--funding, connecting individuals with resources, forming World Trade Center Outreach Committee at St. Clare's Parish in Staten Island, working with informal group of kids who lost a parent--self-expression through art, physical exercise, interacting with families, maintaining professional distance, long hours and emotionally draining work.


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