Laura is the Program Manager of Safe Homes. She is also the Director of Greater Worcester PFLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of LGBTQIA+ people.
Laura has been working with LGBTQIA+ youth, families and community members for many years with Open Sky Community Services (previously Alternatives and The Bridge). She has extensive experience providing positive youth development programming, supports, education, free counseling and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ youth and their straight allies in Worcester County. She has become a known resource for youth workers, educators, health care providers, faith based communities, DCF, DYS and others working with LGBTQIA+ youth.
Her passion and dedication to the community she serves has brought support, education and a friend to those in need in Worcester County and the surrounding areas. Laura can be reached at email@example.com
MIKE PETRACCA (HE/HIM) - SAFE HOMES CLINICIAN
Mike Petracca is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with LGBTQIA+ youth at Safe Homes since 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo before moving to Worcester in 2009 where he received his master’s degree from Assumption College. Since that time, he has also worked in schools in Worcester and surrounding towns.
In his work, he uses a client-centered, strengths-based approach, employing strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. In his free time, he enjoys salsa dancing, drumming, and playing in a flag football league. If you would like to email Mike about counseling, he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
BECKY NELSON (SHE/HER) - SAFE HOMES CLINICIAN
Becky is a Safe Homes clinician, originally from upstate New York. She moved to Worcester in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology, which she obtained in 2009 from Assumption College. She obtained her Massachusetts mental health counselor license thereafter and has been working full-time in school systems since 2009. She started as a volunteer at Safe Homes in 2010 and began as a part-time clinician in 2014. As both a volunteer and clinician at Safe Homes, she has worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender queer, gender nonconforming, and questioning youth. She has also co-facilitated trainings on working with LGBTQIA+ youth to youth-serving agencies in the community, substance use and mental health facilities, and schools, and attended professional trainings on gender therapy and supporting LGBTQIA+ youth and adults. Her role at Safe Homes primarily involves providing gender and mental health counseling to LGBTQIA+ youth at the drop-in center, as well as supervising and co-facilitating programs and activities at the drop-in. If you would like to contact Becky about gender therapy or mental health counseling services, she can be reached via email at email@example.com.
KROW FOGG (THEY/THEM or HE/HIM) - PEER OUTREACH COUNSELOR
Krow is a Certified Peer Specialist and the Peer Outreach Counselor for Safe Homes. They have been a member of the Safe Homes family for almost nine years, first as an adult advisor and then as a staff member. Over the years they have completed many courses, trainings and certifications that have assisted them in providing peer support for youth experiencing mental and/or emotional distress from a place of lived experience within the mental health community. They also facilitate our T-time group, a supportive space for trans and/or nonbinary and gender non-conforming youth. One of Krow's favorite parts of their job is keeping the Transgender Supply Closet well stocked with gender affirming items. They live with their wonderful partner, two dogs and a snake, and enjoy collecting antiques, and oddities. They also enjoy hiking and listening to music. Krow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org